Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The NFL Top 100 Players of 2013 presented by NFL.com, a list compiled by votes from current NFL players, is near completion. Though the list is just a matter of opinion, there has been an absolute egregious omission from the list—New Orleans Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham, the catalyst of a high powered passing attack, was inexplicably left off this list. The list featured eight tight ends: Dennis Pitta, Heath Miller, Aaron Hernandez, Tony Gonzales, Antonio Gates, Jason Witten, Vernon Davis, and Rob Gronkowski.  Though each player had a good year in their own respect, Graham’s year was comparable, if not better, than most of his contemporaries. Graham had 982 yards, second only behind Jason Witten, who had one more start than Graham did. And projecting his yards per game average, which is second only to Gronkowski, he would’ve actually eclipsed Witten for most yards. He also added 9 touchdowns which was second only behind Gronkowski. In addition, his 85 receptions were more than the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, and Vincent Jackson. However, all statistics aside, from a pure football standpoint he should be on the list. He is the number one option in an offense that is consistently in the in the top 3. And unlike the offenses that most of these other tight ends are in, he is the only one in the offense that demands a double team. Gronkowski, who many regard as the one of the best is one of many weapons in the Patriots’ offense. Graham in the Saints’ offense is the only guy who defenses truly need to respect. Witten has Dez Bryant, Vernon Davis has Michael Crabtree, Tony Gonzales has Julio Jones and Roddy White, etc. If that isn’t enough, Graham played this year with essentially one hand. He had offseason wrist surgery after the season was over. He wasn’t the only one who had a gripe. The only Saint to make the list was Drew Brees who came in at number 11. In the league that is quarterback driven, a player as good as Brees should never be left out of the top and maybe even the top 7. The list also had omission of some New Orleans regulars like All Pro guard Jahri Evans and Mr. Consistency Marques Colston.  Maybe it was the overall stigma against the Saints from the bounty scandal that left Graham and others off the list. Or maybe it was their disappointing 7-9 season. Whatever the case may be, all this list tells me is that playing in the NFL doesn’t give you automatic expertise on football. Otherwise, the best tight end in the league would have, at the very least, made the list.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.