Recently on NFL.com’s list of Top 100 players of 2012, the first Bengal to make the list was named. Geno Atkins, DT out of Georgia, was listed by his peers as the 36th best player in the NFL last season. Although this nearly puts him in the top third of the 100 best players in the NFL, I still believe it is too low.
You only have to look 3 spots on at 33 to see Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson‘s name on the list to ponder whether or not Geno warranted a top 35 finish. Sure Peterson is explosive and has game changing abilities, there is no doubt there, but given the choice I would presume that 31/32 clubs would take Atkins over Peterson any day of the week.
Lets look at the facts, number 97 is the best player in his position in the league, Peterson wouldn’t even be top 10. Atkins would have been in consideration for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Peterson’s name wouldn’t have even come up in passing. I find it hard to believe that Dez Bryant, Frank Gore or Clay Matthews also beat out Atkins in that respect as all would not be in the top 5 of their respective positions for 2012 either.
I am not taking anything away from the players mentioned above as they are all elite, they are all game changers and all had outstanding seasons. I just don’t see how they can be rated higher than the best DT in the game.
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