Wednesday Round Up: ESPN's Top 100 NFL Players Lists Seven Seahawks

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Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, August 24 - about your Seattle Seahawks:Read

Seven Seahawks Rank on ESPN's Top 100 NFL Players

ESPN finishes off their ranking of this year's Top 100 NFL players with Nos. 1-50. A panel of more than 50 voters comprised of NFL analysts, reporters and statisticians - both from ESPN and outside ESPN - including former players and NFL front-office members has rated every player on a scale of 1-100. All players were eligible and each were rated based off how "good they are." A rate of 100 implies "an all-time level of excellence," whereas a 1 is for "a player who doesn't belong in the NFL."

Earlier this week, the panel placed Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (No. 90) and linebacker Bobby Wagner (No. 52) on the list of 100-51 top NFL players. In the remaining top 100 players, five other Seahawks players are ranked on the list. Defensive end Michael Bennett (No. 46), safety Kam Chancellor (No. 36), quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 21), safety Earl Thomas (No. 15), and cornerback Richard Sherman (No. 14) all found a place on the top 100 ranking. 

"46. Michael Bennett, DE, Seahawks

Avg. rating: 85.24 | 2015 rank: 60

Bennett was one of four players with at least 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss last season. His versatility is what makes him special. He is a defensive end when the Seahawks are in their base look and swings inside when they go to their sub packages. Bennett consistently makes plays behind the line of scrimmage and is one of the league's premier pass-rushers.

36. Kam Chancellor, S, Seahawks

Avg. rating: 86.62 | 2015 rank: 36

The Seahawks played without Chancellor (holdout) in the first two games last year and allowed 61 points in two losses. But after Chancellor returned, they allowed 15.43 points per game, the lowest of any defense in the NFL. "He doesn't say much but he goes out there, and just the power he brings when he hits guys, it just amplifies the game for us," teammate Cliff Avril said. "It hypes us up."

21. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

Avg. rating: 89.27 | 2015 rank: 33

In Wilson's four years in the NFL (2012-15), he ranks first in yards per attempt (8.05), third in touchdown-to-interception ratio (3.12) and second in passer rating (101.8). Wilson's 2,430 rushing yards during that span ranks second among quarterbacks (Cam Newton is first). Wilson took his game to a new level in 2015, leading the NFL in passer rating and finishing the regular season on a 25-touchdown, two-interception tear.

15. Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks

Avg. rating: 91.71 | 2015 rank: 15

Since Thomas was drafted in 2010, the Seahawks' defense has limited opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating of 76.5, the lowest number in the NFL. Thomas' range and intensity are unmatched. "In walk-throughs, he doesn't let people catch the ball," teammate Richard Sherman said. "He doesn't let people execute their plays when we're supposed to let the offense catch it. He just doesn't live his life that way."

14. Richard Sherman, CB, Seahawks

Avg. rating: 91.73 | 2015 rank: 8

His 26 interceptions in the past five years are tops in the NFL. Sherman shuts down one side of the field, and last season he started shadowing opposing No. 1 wide receivers more than ever. Two aspects of Sherman's game are underrated: his leadership and his durability. He has never missed a game and has embraced his role as a mentor to the team's younger defensive backs."

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