Starting in 2011, NFL Network began an annual list featuring the greatest one hundred players in the NFL. The list is chosen by the players and is based on performance from the previous year and projections about how the players will perform the next year. The Oakland Raiders have only one representative in 2013, defensive back Charles Woodson.
Woodson was ranked 85th on the list by his peers from his 2012 year with the Green Bay Packers. He came back to the silver and black this offseason, re-joining the team that drafted him in the first round in 1998. Not surprising because of the struggles the Raiders had during their 4-12 last season, no members of their roster made the list. In the 2012 edition of the Top 100, running back Darren McFadden checked in at number 60.
McFadden fell all the way off the list this season because of more injuries and his worst yards per carry season of his career. The entire Raiders offense had monumental problems running Greg Knapp's offense last season, which accounts for the drop in production and off the list. McFadden still possesses the skill set to be a difference maker in the league. When you look at some of the running backs in the Top 100, McFadden is on their level or a step ahead.
Titans' running back Chris Johnson checks in at number 62, which seems very high. Jaguars back Maurice Jones-Drew is number 98, who has similar disadvantages as McFadden in terms of supporting cast. The other running backs on the list include Eagles LeSean McCoy at 45, 49ers Frank Gore at 32, Seahawks Marshawn Lynch at 24, Chiefs Jamaal Charles at 20, Ravens Ray Rice at 13, Texans Arian Foster at 8, and NFL MVP Adrian Peterson at 1.
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