The NFL Network has labeled the best players ranked from No. 100 through No. 41 in a special that began following the 2013 NFL draft. According to Dan Hoard with Bengals.com, Cincinnati will have their first player named this Thursday when the network reveals No. 40 through No. 31.
Who will it be? Geno Atkins? Probably too high. A.J. Green. Still too high. Maybe Michael Johnson? Perhaps Andrew Whitworth. Who knows. Thoughts?
Here's how the process works.
The NFL Network hands out ballots to active players around Thansgiving. Each player ranks their top 20 players by assigning 20 points to their No. 1. Then 19 points to their No. 2 player, all the way to No. 20, assigning one point. They're tallied and presented following the NFL Draft on the NFL Network.
While the players vote, they're not handed lists of current rosters or starting lineups, encouraging the players to name their top-20 by writing in those names. Though players could take it upon themselves to actually look up those lineups on their own.
However voting is not required. In fact only 481 players actually submitted votes, or 28.3 percent of all active players.