the NFL Top 100 of 2014 isn't gathering a lot of steam, it seems, so they've resorted to publishing some of the results ahead of time. Those results include Darrelle Revis' appearance in the 30s, but more notably: Lavonte David's as well. The people took to Twitter immediately to voice their displeasure at David's ranking. Surely he deserved to be in the top 10 after the kind of season he had! Even Scott Smith over at the team's official site jumped on that.
I'm not so sure he's being undervalued, though. Surely, David's season was special. You could even argue that he had the best season of any linebacker since the mid-1990s. That's a fair point -- but the NFL is filled with amazing players, and it's easy to say that David should be ranked higher without noting the players he'd have to jump ahead of.
Consider the players also ranked in the 30s by the players voting for the NFL Top 100.
I love Lavonte David, but I don't think he's all that much better than the players represented there. Perennial All-Pros like Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Ndamukong Suh and Larry Fitzgerald are pretty good company. This is no snubbing. It's a sign of respect that he's ranked among that group of top-notch players.
One question, though: how can the players vote him into the top 100, after being the ones to keep him out of the Pro Bowl? How does that work, exactly?