Many Hawk fans follow or visit sites that are known for advanced statistics, including Pro Football Focus (PFF). Recently they published their list of the top 101 players in the NFL last year (rank-ordered from 1-101). By my count, seven Hawks made the list, with six in the top 50, and four in the top 20. Here's how they came out:
6. Richards Sherman
10. Marshawn Llynch
16. Michael Bennett
20. Earl Thomas
28. Kam Chancellor
48. Russell Wilson
94. Cliff Avril
A couple of things stand out for me. First, according to PFF, three of the top twenty-eight players in the league last year resided in the Seahawks secondary. Let me try to get some perspective on that. Of the at least fifteen-hundred-and-ninety-six players comprising seven position groups on the thirty-two teams, three of the overall top twenty-eight players are signed to long-term contracts in the Hawks secondary.
And for that matter, five of the top hundred-and-one players start on the Hawks defense.
Of course these kinds of 'paper accolades' mean only so much. But if anyone is interested in checking out the full list, here is the link: