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Grantland's lead NFL writer Bill Barnwell has published his two-part feature on his ranking of the 100 best players in the NFL. Part 1 is here (100-61). Part 2 is here (60 through 1). I recommend reading the entire column but here are the relevant Falcons:

51. Desmond Trufant, CB, Falcons (NR)

Atlanta’s pass rush was mostly theoretical last year; it pressured opposing quarterbacks on just 22.8 percent of dropbacks, the fourth-worst rate in football. That makes it awful hard on your cornerbacks to hold up, which is why what Trufant did was so impressive. Stuck on the opposing team’s top wideout the vast majority of the time, Trufant was the biggest reason Atlanta had the eighth-best DVOA against no. 1 receivers last year. It was 28th against no. 2 wideouts and 27th against all other wide receivers. Trufant is still flying under the radar, but if Atlanta’s defense bounces back under Dan Quinn this season, you’re going to read articles about how Trufant helped the Falcons by emerging as a true no. 1 cornerback. Ignore them, because he already has.

37. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons (77)

It’ll be really interesting to see how Ryan adapts to his latest offensive coordinator this offseason. Ryan’s completion percentage spiked after Dirk Koetter arrived in 2012, as it was 60.9 percent before Koetter came to town and 67.4 percent since, without any notable change in his other rate statistics. With Koetter in Tampa, Ryan now gets Kyle Shanahan, who has spent the past two seasons working with an injured Robert Griffin, Kirk Cousins, Josh McCown, and Johnny Manziel. You know the feeling you have when you drive a really beat-up car for a while and then get behind the wheel of a new one? That’s Kyle Shanahan in 2015.

23. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons (13)

I don’t care that this is from 2013.

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Bad man.

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Jones at 23 is a joke.

There's a lot of clowns on here who thinks he doesn't deserve that low. Mainly the ones who are concerned with his health issues and the fact we could spent 100 mil on suh and picked up Gurley in the draft and blah blah blah over resigning Julio...ya know, the usual suspects. Fact is Julio is the no. 2 receiver in the league, and is getting to a point where he's pushing Megatron for his throne.

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There's a lot of clowns on here who thinks he doesn't deserve that low. Mainly the ones who are concerned with his health issues and the fact we could spent 100 mil on suh and picked up Gurley in the draft and blah blah blah over resigning Julio...ya know, the usual suspects. Fact is Julio is the no. 2 receiver in the league, and is getting to a point where he's pushing Megatron for his throne.

I'm one of those who thinks that 23 is to low.... count me in friend... Not going by anything but talent per position, Yes, he should be higher IMO. Name me 22 players that are better at their position than Juilo?? That makes the opposing D# look purely stupid.

He is one of those players I watched at the combines before his draft, I watched him Broad Jump over 11 feet with a broke foot. Take that and his receiving skills, I was really hoping we could get this player, I was very stoked when we traded up for him, He will be one of the biggest reasons why we now have a huge chance to win a Super Bowl.

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