Josh Norman expected as fourth member of the Redskins in top 100 players list

Similar to 2012, the NFC East champion Redskins will have at least four players ranked in the top 100 as voted on by their peers.

The next reveal of the NFL Network's poll determining the league's top 100 players for 2016 shows the upgrades made by the Washington Redskins -- and the cautionary tales.

Ahead of Wednesday night's (9:00 p.m.) new edition, the NFL Network sent out a reminder to Breaking Burgundy and presumably other Redskins-centric outlets that "a Redskins player making his first career appearance on the list will be revealed between players ranked No. 20-11." It doesn't take a Mensa member to deduce that the mystery player is cornerback Josh Norman, who the Redskins signed as a free agent. 

Trent Williams (45), Jordan Reed (77) and Kirk Cousins (85) were previously revealed on the list determined solely by current NFL players. 

Norman makes four, which matches the most for Washington since the poll began in 2011. 

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One look back shows that perceptions in the moment don't always success continues.

In 2011 and 2012, the Redskins only had one player make the list each year: quarterback Donovan McNabb at Mr. Irrelevant 100 and middle linebacker London Fletcher at 87, respectively.

Things then changed in a big way following the team's division title in 2012, at the time the first since 1991.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III (15) running back Alfred Morris (64), and Williams (99) joined Fletcher who moved up one spot to 86. 

Following a disappointing 2013 regular season, only three Redskins made the Top 100 list in 2014: Williams (60), DeSean Jackson (63) and fellow receiver Pierre Garcon (80).

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Both Williams and Jackson moved up 13 spots each on the 2015 list to spots 47 and 50. Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (78) made it a threesome. 

Kerrigan didn't represent the defense in 2016. Norman will. 

After a breakout season with the Carolina Panthers, Norman went from another guy to a one of the NFL's top 20. Other elite cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., and Marcus Peters were all ranked below Norman by his peers. That should give you a hint at the game changer Washington saw fall into its lap.

Washington's four matches all of the NFC East based on rankings 20-100: Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith (42) and receiver Dez Bryant (51), Giants quarterback Eli Manning (47), and Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (49).

Clearly NFL players reward their peers for winning. As all in these parts learned after 2012, winning doesn't always last.

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