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'Top 100': What is Trent Richardson doing at No. 71?

Good luck making any sense out of the "Top 100 Players of 2013." I certainly can't.

With another layer of the onion peeled away Thursday night, I'm only left with more questions about how these NFL players go about judging their peers.

For starters, it's stunning to discover Trent Richardson sitting at No. 71. The Cleveland Browns running back comes in 10 spots higher than San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and almost 20 slots above Percy Harvin.

I don't have a problem with players viewing Richardson as an ascending talent. He came 50 rushing yards shy of 1,000 as a rookie despite an array of injuries that would have kept lesser men on bed rest. But to place Richardson this high, this soon, is outrageous.

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What it does tell me is that T-Rich impressed defenders during his 15 starts, at least those who faced him. We'll never know, but I'm guessing a handful of votes came out of the AFC North, especially after the game Richardson had against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Another likely voter? How about Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman, who learned the hard way that Richardson isn't afraid of a little face time.

The "Top 100" makes for provocative television in the heart of May, but the more I see of this list, the more I wonder how much football these players actually watch when they aren't on the field.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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