Nick Foles aka Nicky Franchise is having himself one spectacular offseason so far. Not only did the man lock down his woman of the future, collect a few new toys to target in the wide receiving corps, and have his ‘franchise’ label reinforced by his team’s passing on Johnny Manziel; but now the league is starting to take note of the exploits of the Eagles quarterback. In their annual ‘Top 100 Players in the League’ NFL.com named Nick Foles the 70th best overall player, regardless of position, in today’s NFL. Here is the video backing up their slotting of Foles.
Having NFL.com bring in players from other teams, in Foles’ case Gerald McCoy (TB-DT), Mark Herzlich (NYG-LB), and Rod Streater (OAK-WR), was a really cool feature of the selection process. Along with his teammate Jeremy Maclin, the sticking points of Foles’ peers were his deceptive athleticism, his poise in the pocket, and his pinpoint accuray. Given the fact that Foles is just 25 years old and heading into his first full season as the unquestioned starting quarterback in Philadelphia, one has to feel pretty good about his positioning, especially when considering the other QBs on the list that he is a head of. Of the signal-callers also in the Top 100, Foles is ahead of Tony Romo (DAL; 71st), Colin Kaepernick (SF; 81st), and Matthew Stafford (DET; 100th). Were the rankings based solely on statistics, one would have to think Foles would have left more of the NFL’s best in his wake on the list.
Foles joins a pair of his offensive lineman as the Eagles representatives thus far on the list. Evan Mathis (88th) and Jason Peters (67th) also had their exploits rewarded and some could argue that the two were under-seeded. Apparently, teammate Emmanuel Acho has a gripe with the ranking system and gives a fairly blunt suggestion.
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) May 29, 2014
Nick Foles: the hero we all deserve.