The 2013 NFL season may be a few months away, however the NFL Network has started to reveal the top 100 players of 2013, voted by the players themselves. With more than 1,600 players in the NFL, the players decided who would make the list. Unlike the Pro-Bowl, these selections are not a popularity contest, but rather based on strictly football talent alone. Ranking (No. 93) on the list is the newly acquired WR Anquan Boldin.
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Boldin did not have the Pro Bowl statistics during the regular season to warrant that selection, but rather it was his play in the post-season that elevated his rise to the top 100 players of 2013. To put that into perspective, Boldin only had four touchdowns in the regular season, and then again matched that same output in the post-season. Below is a transcript from both free-agent Jordan Babineaux and Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman, in regards to the 2003 offensive rookie of the year.
Jordan Babineaux talked about Boldin’s strength’s saying:
A big time possession receiver, strong hands, we’ve seen a lot of that in the playoffs, as he made plays with guys hanging on his back. Acrobatic catches, back shoulder fades, probably the hardest play to defend, he makes it look easy. You talk about a guy who knows the game.
Richard Sherman on Boldin:
That’s a man’s man, right there! Some of the balls he caught was straight hands, I got the ball. He was dominant, literally dominant in the playoffs. A man amongst boys.
The one constant in Boldin’s game, according to players around the league, is his hands. They believe he can be a number one target in the red-zone, by just throwing up fades and letting him go get it. If this is the case, the Niners have arguably the best wide receiver tandem in terms of hands, when paired with WR Michael Crabtree.
The other top 100 players of 2013 are listed below:
100. TE Dennis Pitta (Baltimore Ravens)
99. OT Trent Williams (Washington Redskins)
98. RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars)
97. TE Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers)
96. FS Dashon Goldson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
95. C Max Unger (Seattle Seahawks)
94. Daryl Washington (Arizona Cardinals)
93. WR Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers)
92. DT Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
91. SS Troy Polamalu (Pittsburgh Steelers)