Running back LeSean McCoy, defensive end Mario Williams and defensive tackles Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams are the Buffalo Bills' representatives on ESPN's list of top 100 NFL players published Tuesday.
McCoy checks in at No. 41, while Mario Williams is No. 46, Dareus is No. 64 and Kyle Williams is No. 94. The complete list, which was compiled by more than 70 voters including ESPN's NFL analysts, reporters and statisticians, as well as former players and front-office members. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt ranked No. 1.
Each player ranked on the list was described in one paragraph. Here is what the article said on each of the Bills ranked:
On McCoy: "A human joystick, McCoy has been one of the NFL's most elusive runners since he arrived in the league. He was the fourth RB taken in 2009, and he has 2,681 more rushing yards than any player in his draft class. And it's not like the McCoy-Chip Kelly marriage didn't work, as Shady is coming off his two best NFL seasons. "I just worry McCoy's best days are behind him and he's nearing a cliff," said a former scout and current #NFLRANK panelist. Rex Ryan is about to find out."
On Mario Williams: "When Houston let Williams walk as a free agent in 2009 following a season in which he had 5.0 sacks and played in just five games, most assumed it was all aboard the Decline Train, last stop: Buffalo. Since then, all Williams has done is pile up 38.0 sacks and, in 2014, his first All-Pro selection (to go with four Pro Bowl invites). "He's not as twitched up as some of the other top edge rushers," said one panelist, "but he's just as productive."
On Dareus: "The big debate in Buffalo is how much the Bills will need to pay Dareus to stick around long-term, unless they want to franchise him in 2016. It's fair to say the price isn't going down. Dareus isn't just one of the NFL's best run defenders; he piled up 10.0 sacks last season. That combination of talent makes him a centerpiece player for a good defense."
On Kyle Williams: "Rex Ryan could have done a lot worse. Two of his inherited defensive linemen have already been listed here (Marcell Dareus and Mario Williams), Jerry Hughes is coming off his second consecutive 10-sack season, and Williams? "No defensive tackle had more QB hits than he did last year," pointed out one voter. Entering his 10th NFL season, all in Buffalo, Williams is still one of the NFL's most disruptive interior defenders."