Well, I guess I'm not sure how I will make it through the day. NFL Network wrapped up their Top 100 list for 2015, and the San Francisco 49ers did not have a single player included. We actually knew this was going to happen back in mid-June, but I figured it was worth a mention now that the list is finalized. If you want to check out the list, you can view it with videos HERE. The top five ended up as J.J. Watt, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, DeMarco Murray and Peyton Manning
The list is voted on by some number of players, but it is usually not all the players, and we don't know how many actually vote. Additionally, it is never really clarified what people are using to decide their vote. My guess is best players at this point head into the 2015 season, but I think it is safe to say 2014 performance can impact it more than what they think the player will actually do in 2015. For example, DeMarco Murray had a great season and will probably do well in Philadelphia, but he benefited from a great Cowboys offensive line.
The 49ers had a down year, and given their blah finish, I'm not surprised people sort of overlooked them for rankings like this. I don't know what to expect of the 49ers in 2015, but given some of the players returning, I do think we'll see some inclusions in next year's list. NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith are the two best examples. Bowman is returning from injury, and if he can bounce back and stay healthy, I could very well see him getting voted onto the list. If Smith can stay out of trouble and play all 16 games, I would expect to see him as well.
Other than that, Joe Staley and Carlos Hyde are two potential options to show up. Staley has been on it frequently in the past, but the offensive line struggles likely pushed him off. A bounce-back could benefit him and Hyde, particularly if Hyde emerges as that primary running back.
Who else do you see potentially ending up on the list a year from now (if you are so inclined to care about it)?