- Matt Williamson, ESPN.com
This summer, after watching games and breaking down film, Scouts Inc. evaluated and graded more than 2,500 NFL players heading into the 2011 season. The rankings (listed in the box on the right) were broken down into an overall top 200 and then by position.
With the NFL season now at its midpoint, we thought it was a good time to re-rank the NFL's top players. Keep in mind that while this list heavily considers performance this season (including projected value for the second half of the season), it also incorporates what a player has done over the course of his career. That way some injury issues don't completely detract from what we know of a player. However, due to his injury and the fact that he hasn't yet -- and may not --appeared in even one game, one notable exception is Peyton Manning, who would likely be in the top 10 otherwise.
That said, here is the Scouts Inc. Midseason Top 50 Rankings:
Scouts Inc.'s Midseason Top 50:
I was recently asked who was the NFL's fastest player in pads on the field of play. Wallace was my answer. Speed kills in this league and Wallace's wheels keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night.
But he has also quickly become more of a well-rounded wideout that can run more routes than just deep patterns.
8hDoug Clawson, ESPN Stats & Information