Breakfast: Breaking down the NFL Top 100

The NFL Network show The Top 100 Players of 2018 is my favorite show on television. It’s my favorite show that NFL Films has ever done, really. I don’t miss an episode. I love to see where the players rank the Texans and then how they tell every player’s story. One other aspect important to me about the show is where the players rank the Texans’ opponents, especially those in the division.

The show has unveiled half the list, players 51-100. The only Texan to be revealed is one that was regularly in the top ten before injuries struck the past two seasons - J.J. Watt at No. 84. I’ve said that I think four current Texans have yet to be revealed - DeAndre Hopkins, Jadeveon Clowney, Deshaun Watson and Tyrann Mathieu. There aren’t many teams that would be able to boast of that many players remaining in the top 50.

Thus far, in the division, the Colts haven’t had a player revealed, but T.Y. Hilton will be in the top 50, I’d imagine.

Tennessee

66 Jurrell Casey

72 Delanie Walker

78 Taylor Lewan

80 Kevin Byard

Jaguars

58 Leonard Fournette

67 Telvin Smith

88 Yannick Ngakoue

I don’t believe the Titans will have any more players revealed, perhaps quarterback Marcus Mariota, but it’s a long shot given the quarterbacks already revealed. The Jaguars should have cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey and defensive lineman Calais Campbell.

Of the top 100 already reveald, the Texans will face those division foes and the following:

97 Carlos Hyde, Running Back, Browns

96 Malcolm Jenkins, Safety, Eagles

95 Lane Johnson, Tackle, Eagles

92 Landon Collins, Safety, Giants

86 Chris Harris, Cornerback, Broncos

77 Odell Beckham, Jr., Wide Receiver, Giants

74 Cameron Wake, Defensive End, Dolphins

71 Zack Martin, Guard, Cowboys

69 Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle, Eagles

68 Zach Ertz, Tight End, Eagles

62 Micah Hyde, Safety, Bills

57 Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle, Redskins

54 Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Cowboys

52 Jarvis Landry, Wide Receiver, Browns

51 Case Keenum, Quarterback, Broncos

In addition to AFC South foes HIlton, Ramsey, Bouye and Campbell in the division, I’d project the following opponents in the Top 50 on the Texans 2018 schedule.

Tom Brady, Quarterback, Patriots
Rob Gronkowski, Tight End, Patriots
Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Cowboys (50/50 on this one)
Tyron Smith, Offensive Tackle, Cowboys
Demarcus Lawrence, Defensive End, Cowboys
Shady McCoy, Running Back, Bills
Carson Wentz, Quarterback, Eagles
Von Miller, Outside Linebacker, Broncos
Ryan Kerrigan, Outside Linebacker, Redskins

That’s a daunting list, but it’s nowhere near as daunting as the last two years have been, seemingly. The next ten are revealed on Monday 41-50 and I’m expecting at least one Texan to be revealed, so tune in with me and check it out.

Check out some of the best photos of DeAndre Hopkins during his Pro Bowl season in 2017.

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