The debate doesn’t stop at the NFL Draft. That’s where it begins.
Shortly after the 254th selection of the NFL Draft is announced Saturday night, NFL Network will debut its first installment of Top 100 Players of 2013. For the third straight year, current players have voted to determine the list, which will be unveiled in increments of 10 beginning Saturday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET and ending with the top player crowned in late June.
Five members of the Giants earned a nod in 2012: WR Hakeem Nicks (90), DE Justin Tuck (62), WR Victor Cruz (39), QB Eli Manning (31), and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (24).
Here’s a complete look at 2012′s ranking:
100. RB Chris Johnson, Titans
99. C Ryan Kalil, Panthers
98. RB Willis McGahee, Broncos
97. OT Donald Penn, Buccaneers
96. LB D’Qwell Jackson, Browns
95. QB Tim Tebow, Jets
94. RB Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
93. CB Cortland Finnegan, Rams
92. FB John Kuhn, Packers
91. QB Tony Romo, Cowboys
90. WR Hakeem Nicks, Giants
89. DE Dwight Freeney, Colts
88. RB Michael Turner, Falcons
87. LB London Fletcher, Redskins
86. RB Darren Sproles, Saints
85. LB NaVorro Bowman, 49ers
84. DE Chris Long, Rams
83. RB Fred Jackson, Bills
82. OT Joe Thomas, Browns
81. DT Vince Wilfork, Patriots
80. WR Jordy Nelson, Packers
79. Nnamdi Asomugha, Eagles
78. LB Derrick Johnson, Chiefs
77. WR A.J. Green, Bengals
76. OL Carl Nicks, Buccaneers
75. TE Jason Witten, Cowboys
74. QB Joe Flacco, Ravens
73. CB Johnathan Joseph Texans
72. LB Lance Briggs, Bears
71. WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles
70. QB Michael Vick, Eagles
69. CB Carolos Rogers, 49ers
68. DE Elvis Dumervil, Broncos
67. OT Joe Staley, 49ers
66. S Earl Thomas, Seahawks
65. WR Roddy White, Falcons
64. G Logan Mankins, Patriots
63. LB LaMarr Woodley, Steelers
62. DE Justin Tuck, Giants
61. QB Philip Rivers, Chargers
60. RB Darren McFadden, Raiders
59. OT Jake Long, Dolphins
58. LB Jonathan Vilma, Saints
57. DE Trent Cole, Eagles
56. WR Greg Jennings, Packers
55. CB Patrick Peterson, Cardinals
54. LB Brian Cushing, Texans
53. TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
52. LB Von Miller, Broncos
51. LB Brian Urlacher, Bears
50. QB Peyton Manning, Broncos
49. C Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers
48. WR Devin Hester, Bears
47. WR Mike Wallace, Steelers
46. CB Champ Bailey, Broncos
45. FB Vonta Leach, Ravens
44. DE Jason Babin, Eagles
43. TE Vernon Davis, 49ers
42. OT Jason Peters, Eagles
41. QB Matthew Stafford, Lions
40. QB Cam Newton, Panthers
39. WR Victor Cruz, Giants
38. DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions
37. RB Steven Jackson, Rams
36. CB Charles Woodson, Packers
35. WR Steve Smith, Panthers
34. LB Tamba Hali, Chiefs
33. RB Matt Forte, Bears
32. G Jahri Evans, Saints
31. QB Eli Manning, Giants
30. QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
29. LB James Harrison, Steelers
28. RB Frank Gore, 49ers
27. LB Clay Matthews, Packers
26. DE Julius Peppers, Bears
25. RB Arian Foster, Texans
24. DE Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants
23. WR Wes Welker, Patriots
22. RB Ray Rice, Ravens
21. TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
20. LB Ray Lewis, Ravens
19. S Troy Polamalu, Steelers
18. RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles
17. DE Justin Smith, 49ers
16. S Ed Reed, Ravens
15. WR Andre Johnson, Texans
14. TE Jimmy Graham, Saints
13. DE Jared Allen, Vikings
12. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
11. LB Terrell Suggs, Ravens
10. LB Patrick Willis, 49ers
9. DT Haloti Ngata, Ravens
8. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
7. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
6. LB DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys
5. CB Darrelle Revis, Jets
4. QB Tom Brady, Patriots
3. WR Calvin Johnson, Lions
2. QB Drew Brees, Saints
1. QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers
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QB Eli Manning: 260 yards shy of 4,000 passing yards in the 2012 regular season.
WR Victor Cruz: Two touchdown receptions away from 20 career receiving touchdowns.
WR Hakeem Nicks: 274 yards shy of 4,000 career receiving yards; three touchdown receptions away from 30 career receiving touchdowns.
TE Martellus Bennett: 11 receptions shy of 150 career receptions; 43 receiving yards shy of 1,500 career receiving yards.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw: Three rushing touchdowns away from surpassing Ron Johnson (33) on the Giants all-time rushing touchdowns list and tying Frank Gifford for seventh on the Giants’ all-time list.
DE Osi Umenyiora: 5.0 sacks away from 80.0 career sacks.
DE Justin Tuck: 1.5 sacks away from 50.0 career sacks; Two forced fumbles away from 20 career forced fumbles.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul: 2.5 sacks away from 30.0 career sacks.
DT Rocky Bernard: Two tackles away from 400 career tackles.
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Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Martellus Bennett, Osi Umenyiora, Rocky Bernard, Victor Cruz
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12:59 — Chase Blackburn breaks up a pass intended for TE Tony Gonzalez on third-and-4, forcing Atlanta to punt. The Giants take over on their own 20.
12:18 — Safety Thomas DeCoud intercepts Manning and the Falcons take over on the Giants’ 27.
10:22 — FIELD GOAL FALCONS. Matt Bryant makes a 38-yarder. ATLANTA 17, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards in 1:46)
10:17 — Newly signed running back Kregg Lumpkin takes his first handoff the year for nine yards. He follows up with another one for eight yards and a fresh set of downs before tearing off a 22-yarder.
6:08 — David Wilson is stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1. Falcons take over on downs.
5:28 — Chris Canty gets the first sack of the day for the Giants, a loss of five.
2:52 — Back-to-back completions to Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon for 24 and 37 yards, respectively, bring the Giants inside the 20.
1:14 — The Giants go for it again on fourth down, but Manning throws an incomplete pass to Victor Cruz. Atlanta takes over on its 11.
HALFTIME: FALCONS 17, GIANTS 0
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14:56 — Stevie Brown grabs his sixth interception on a tipped pass intended for Jimmy Graham (covered by Antrel Rolle). Brown returns it 21 yards down to the Saints’ 20.
13:18 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. David Wilson powers in for a 6-yard score. XP is good. NEW YORK 28, NEW ORLEANS 13 (Drive: 4 plays, 20 yards in 1:40)
*Mark Herzlich makes a big tackle on the ensuing return, pinning the Saints back at their own 12. Giants force a quick three-and-out.
11:22 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Hakeem Nicks grabs his third touchdown of the season on a 25-yard pass from Eli manning. XP is good. NEW YORK 35, NEW ORLEANS 13 (Drive: 6 plays, 62 yards in 3:09)
8:07 — Saints march into Giants territory after a 62-yard pass from Drew Brees to Joe Morgan, their longest play of the day.
7:28 — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Sproles rushes 13 yards for the score. XP is good. NEW YORK 35, NEW ORLEANS 20 (Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards in 0:52)
6:36 — Victor Cruz hits the 100-yard mark (111) after a 34-yard catch from manning.
5:10 — Manning’s pass intended for Martellus Bennett is intercepted by Isa Abdul-Quddus. Saints take over on their own 32.
1:51 — TOUCHDOWN SAINTS. Darren Sproles takes a short pass from Brees nine yards into the end zone. XP is good. NEW YORK 35, NEW ORLEANS 27 (6 plays, 68 yards in 3:09)
*Jerrel Jernigan returns the ensuing kickoff 60 yards down to the Saints’ 25.
*Paid attendance announced at 81,437
0:00 — GIANTS 35, SAINTS 27
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15:00 — Saints begin the quarter with the ball on their own 7.
9:47 — FIELD GOAL SAINTS. Garrett Hartley makes a 32-yard attempt. NEW YORK 14, NEW ORLEANS 10 (Drive: 14 plays, 81 yards in 5:44)
*David Wilson rattles off another big return for 52 yards down to the Saints’ 46. That brings his season total 1,301 return yards, breaking Domenik Hixon’s club record of 1,291 in 2009.
6:07 — Lawrence Tynes misses a 36-yard field goal attempt. Wide left.
1:57 — FIELD GOAL SAINTS. Hartley makes a 25-yard attempt. NEW YORK 14, NEW ORLEANS 13 (Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards in 4:06)
1:45 — Offsetting passing interference penalties on both the Giants and Saints bring back a 40-yard completion to Hakeem Nicks.
1:14 — Giants knocking at the door after a 35-yard completion to Cruz.
0:25 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Hixon makes a diving grab in the back right corner of the end zone for a 5-yard score. XP is good. NEW YORK 21, NEW ORLEANS 13 (Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards in 1:37)
*That was Hixon’s first touchdown of the season.
HALFTIME: GIANTS 21, SAINTS 13
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The New York Giants (7-4, 3-2 away) hit the road to take on the Washington Redskins (5-6, 2-3 home) in primetime this week. Here is a look at a few milestones that Giants players could hit on Monday Night Football or in the coming weeks:
QB Eli Manning: 47 completions away from breaking Phil Simms’ team record of 2,576.
WR Hakeem Nicks: Seven receptions away from 250 career receptions.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw: 50 rushing yards away from 4,000 career rushing yards; Three rushing touchdowns away from surpassing Ron Johnson (33) on the Giants all-time rushing touchdowns list and tying Frank Gifford for seventh on the Giants’ all-time list.
DE Osi Umenyiora: One sack away from 75.0 career sacks.
DE Justin Tuck: 1.5 sacks away from 50.0 career sacks; Three tackles away from 400 career tackles.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul: 2.5 sacks away from 30.0 career sacks.
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QB Eli Manning
On game plan against Redskins…
“I think we need to protect the football. They do a good job on defense at getting turnovers. They do a good job at getting pressure so we have to protect the ball offensively and be patient. Hopefully we’ll have the right calls at the right times and hit some big plays.”
Safety Antrel Rolle
On Sunday night sparking a run…
“Sunday night was huge for us. It got the bad taste out of our mouth for the last two games. More importantly, it put us on a positive step going into this game. We need this game extremely bad. This is a division opponent. The Washington Redskins always play us extremely tough, and we’re just trying to go out there and get a win any way we can.”
WR Hakeem Nicks
On how he’s feeling…
“I feel like this time of the year, [nobody is] feeling great. It’s football. It’s a contact sport. So we throw our bodies around. I don’t think anybody is going to be feeling great, but I do feel good at this point in the year than I have in the past”
WR Victor Cruz
On WR Nicks’ return…
“Just from an energy standpoint, I mean, you can just feel when he’s out there. There’s a different energy. When he’s talking to us, you know he’s out there on the field and it’s good to have him back…These last couple weeks have been positive even though they weren’t wins…”
Tags: Antrel Rolle, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz
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With three touchdown passes Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers, Eli Manning became the Giants’ all-time leader, surpassing Phil Simms (199).
Here is a look at the breakdown of Manning’s 200 touchdowns by receiver:
Tags: Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Phil Simms, Victor Cruz
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13:10 — Mathias Kiwanuka sacks Rodgers for a loss of 9, forcing the Packers to punt. That’s the fourth sack of the day for the Giants.
6:21 — Forcing Green Bay to punt, the Giants begin the drive at their own 47.
5:31 — After a 15-yard completion to Martellus Bennett, Eli Manning finds Hakeem Nicks for a 30-yard gain, setting up a first-and-goal from the 8.
3:41 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. New York challenges Hakeem Nicks broke the plane, and the call was reversed, resulting in a 13-yard touchdown for Manning. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 38, GREEN BAY 10 (Drive: 6 plays, 53 yards in 2:27)
*That was Eli Manning’s 200th touchdown pass of his career, breaking Phil Simm’s all-time Giants record.
*Paid attendance announced: 80,365
2:34 — Kiwanuka notches his second sack of the night, this time for a loss of 4.
0:00 — GIANTS 38, PACKERS 10
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
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14:25 — Giants force a three-and-out and take over on their own 39 after the Packers punt.
12:48 — On third-and-9, Eli Manning finds Hakeem Nicks for a 22-yard gain.
9:43 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning to Victor Cruz for 9 yards. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 24, GREEN BAY 7 (Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards in 3:58)
*With the score, Eli Manning ties Phil Simms for most in franchise history with 199.
3:51 — FIELD GOAL PACKERS. Crosby makes 28-yard attempt. NEW YORK 24, GREEN BAY 10 (Drive: 10 plays, 62 in 6:00)
1:12 — Osi Umenyiora strip-sacks Rodgers and Jason Pierre-Paul recovers, taking it down to the Packers’ 23.
0:50 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Bradshaw carries it in for a 13-yard score. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 31, GREEN BAY 10 (Drive: 2 plays, 23 yards in 0:19)
0:00 — GIANTS 31, PACKERS 10
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Victor Cruz
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