Dwight Freeney is overrated

Examining the most overrated and underrated players ranked 90-81

Updated: August 20, 2013, 9:58 AM ET
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders

Dwight Freeney AP Photo/Denis PoroyDwight Freeney is still effective as a pass-rusher. But is he an every-down player?

In conjunction with the release of the #NFLRank rollout on ESPN.com, Football Outsiders will provide an audit of the list, selecting the most overrated and underrated players revealed each day of the countdown.

Here are the most overrated and underrated players ranked 90-81 on both offense and defense:

Overrated

Dwight Freeney, OLB, San Diego Chargers (No. 90)

Freeney

The closest thing today's lists may have to an overrated player is Freeney (No. 90). The offensive list from 90-81 features Andy Levitre, Ben Grubbs and Evan Mathis. You could argue that the guard position in general shouldn't have many players in the top 100, but those three men certainly are three of the league's top guards. (There are five other guards on the list yet to be revealed.) On the defensive side, there might be questions about when Chris Clemons will be back from the ACL injury he suffered in last year's playoffs, but there's no question about his track record as a pass-rusher.

That brings us to Freeney. The problem isn't whether he can still get to the quarterback -- he can, with five sacks, eight hurries and 18 hits last season despite missing most of three games. But is there a place in the top 100 for someone who is essentially a part-time player?


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