Saints’ Drew Brees comes in at No. 30 on the NFL’s Top 100

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Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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NFL Network continues their countdown of the Top 100 players of 2016, and it has Saints quarterback Drew Brees among the top third of the league at No. 30 overall.

Drew Brees joins defensive end Cameron Jordan, who was No. 99 on the list, as the only New Orleans Saints on the NFL’s Top 100. Nearly one year ago, Brees finished at No. 30 on the 2015 Top 100 list, falling all the way from No. 6 in 2014. This year, he stayed the same.

The ‘Top 100′ rankings are supposedly based on an offseason poll organized by the NFL. Players vote on their fellow peers based on the previous season performance, and the vote goes to how the player will perform in the upcoming season.

I say supposedly because of some interesting things that have come out this month. If you’ve ever wondered if the NFL Network’s list is completely player driven like they say it is, then you might be interested in San Francisco 49ers linebacker Navarro Bowman’s take. He told the Mercury News:

"“It’s totally bogus,” Bowman said Wednesday after the 49ers’ minicamp practice. “I’m sure I’ll be (better) than 61 if the players really vote on it. The NFL 100, they can keep doing what they’re doing, but it’s not accurate at all.”"

The news outlet also added that only 18 players from the team filled out their ballots in December, according to a NFL Network spokesman.

According to Pro Football Talk, the way the NFL comes up with these lists is pretty sketchy.

"The process consists of players going through the NFL Media car wash being asked at some point during their visit (if the appropriate person remembers to do it) to make a list of the top 20 players in the NFL as of right now. Those various lists, however many or few there are, then get tabulated and transformed into a list of the top 100 players."

Brees led the league with 4,870 passing yards. He was also 2nd in the NFL with 428 completions, 2nd in accuracy (68.3 percent), 6th in yards per attempt (7.77), 7th in touchdown passes (32), and 6th in passer rating (101.0). That’s not too shabby for a player that also missed a whole game and played through a painful foot injury.

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