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Andrew Luck ranked as 92nd-best player in NFL, dropping 85 spots from last year

In NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2016, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was ranked 92nd - a drop of 85 spots from last year.

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Every offseason, the NFL Network releases their ranking of the top 100 players from the previous season, as voted on by the players.  Tonight, the Network debuted the Top 100 Players of 2016 by revealing numbers 91-100, and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck appeared on the list at number 92.

There are a few ways to look at this ranking.  On the one hand, it was a massive drop of 85 spots from being ranked number 7 last year to number 92 this year.  That's a very significant fall, and that does go to show just how rough of a season it was for the Colts' quarterback.  On the other hand, however, as's Marc Sessler pointed out, there aren't 91 players in the NFL better than Luck.

It's important, therefore, to realize that this ranking is based on 2016 play, and for that this ranking for Andrew Luck seems fair.  He did not have a good season and then missed nine games due to injury, but he also showed - most prominently in the game against the Broncos - that when he's playing well, he's as dangerous as there is.  On a list voted on by players, it makes sense for Luck to still be included, as they realize what a challenge he is to prepare for and play against, but it's still clear that the quarterback did not live up to expectations.

Luck should rebound in 2016 and climb back up this list in next year's version of the rankings, as he's a much better player than the number 92 ranking or his play from last year would indicate.  If he comes back healthy, he should have a good season and next year will see a rise back up these rankings.