If you ever, even for a moment, think NFL players aren't always paying attention to their counterparts, I present you with a 10-man group of selections in the Top 100 Players of 2017 that will undoubtedly prove otherwise.
In this group, we see the meteoric ascension of three of the league's bright young stars. Well, one is just a one-position hop, but that's because his rookie season was so good, his peers immediately took note.
We also see the re-entry of a quarterback who never really left, even if he was left out of the rankings and on the very edge of the inside of them in recent years. Our first selection below hasn't missed a game since 2010, has had a negative TD-to-interception ratio just once in his career (his rookie season of 2009), and has thrown for more than 4,200 yards in every season from 2011-2016.
As I write this, I'm actually getting a little peeved for Matthew Stafford. He was left completely out of the Top 100 last year, and was No. 100 the year prior. We know that no position shoulders the blame more for a team than quarterback, and with the Lions going 7-9 in 2015, Stafford took the brunt of the finger-pointing. But when he was ranked 100 (after the 2014 season), he had still completed 60.3 percent of his passes and 10 more touchdowns than interceptions. Oh, and the Lions finished 11-5!
We're glad the players gave credit where it's due. Welcome back to the upper third of the Top 100, Matthew.