On Monday, ESPN announced that they will be doing a countdown of the top-200 players in the league. Likely as a competing countdown to the NFL Network's Top-100 List, ESPN is going to announce ten players from both sides of the ball over the next ten days to cover who they deem the best in the league. Spoiler alert: we're fairly certain that the list will contain defensive tackle Geno Atkins and wide receiver A.J. Green.
Greg Garber of ESPN.com spoke to Green about the possibility of being on the list and Green was his usual, modest self. Garber told Green that almost twice as many wide receivers are on the list compared to quarterbacks and he was surprised at the news.
Thirty in the top 100?" asked A.J. Green, the Cincinnati Bengals' talented wideout. "Oh, man, that's crazy. Yeah, lately we've been getting the most shine. That says a lot about the way the game is played today. Everybody wants to take it to the air."
In case you're wondering if Green is satisfied with one of the best seasons ever put forth by a Bengals wide receiver, he isn't. He told Garber that he wants to show that he can consistently put up the type of numbers and performances that he did in 2011 and 2012.
And where do Green and his incendiary numbers from a year ago -- 97 catches for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns -- fall on our list? "Whoa," said Green, laughing. "I've only played two years. I have so much more to prove. The receiver position is all about consistency. You have to line up and do it on every play, every game, every season."
The criteria of the list is extensive and ESPN had 63 voters come up with the 200 players that have been nominated as the best in the league. Of the 63, many familiar faces at "the evil four letter" made their voices heard, including John Clayton and Mark Schlereth. We'll be sure to keep you up to date on the results as they are rolled out.