Last night the NFL Network continued it's top 100 players of 2014 list and unveiled their top 11 through 20 players. Cracking the list was Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson at 19, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis at 17, and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman at 11. Sherman was the highest rated cornerback on this list so that means that Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was once again snubbed.
Harris's snubbing caught the eye of former Denver Broncos safety and now current Washington Redskins safety Duke Ihenacho, and he wasn't pleased.
Here's what Ihenacho had to say on twitter.
Ihenacho isn't wrong here.
First off, Pro Football Focus ranked Chris Harris as their 4th overall player in 2014.
According to Pro Football Focus, Harris was thrown to 89 times during the season but did not allow a single touchdown. He did allow 46 receptions, but those receptions only averaged 7.7 yards. The receptions that he did allow did not end up going very far. Harris didn't give up a reception longer than 22 yards, and quarterbacks were held to a quarterback rating of 47.8 when targeting Harris.
This impressive production from Harris has earned him the honor of being the top cornerback in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. He earned a plus 28.4 overall grade from PFF, nearly 7 points higher than any other CB. He allowed just 0.57 yards per coverage snap, which also ranked first.
As you can see here, Harris outperformed all of these cornerbacks last year yet they continue to be ranked ahead of Harris.
Harris also hasn't allowed a touchdown reception since 2013.
What more does he have to do to get some respect?
He's an elite cornerback and the numbers and the film do not lie either like Ihenacho said.
It seems like only Broncos fans and Pro Football Focus are the only ones really taking notice of how awesome Harris really is.
@Skotty_Payne Smart people ;)— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) July 2, 2015
Like Sam Monson from Pro Football Focus tweeted to me this morning, we're the only smart ones noticing his greatness.
I know some of you will say that this list doesn't matter and that it's a sham, and I completely agree with you. However, Chris Harris Jr. seems to care. Take a look at his twitter sometime. He retweets this stuff. He cares, and he should.
If anything, this type of disrespect will only continue to motivate an already elite and motivated player. Harris has gone from an undrafted nobody to the best cornerback in the game. He suffered a torn ACL and bounced back and had a career year only months after the injury. This snubbing will only motivate Harris more. So thank you NFL Network.