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June 2, 2011 1:13 AM

Three Dolphins ranked in NFL's current 100

WAKE1.bmpNFL Films' series ranking the top 100 football players of all-time last year was apparently such a success that the company is now producing an ongoing show listing the best 100 current players, as voted by their peers.

It says a lot about the Dolphins' current status in the league when only three of the 45 men on their roster made the list, with linebacker Cameron Wake ranking 63rd, while wide receiver Brandon Marshall is two spots higher.


According to the Miami Herald, the only other Dolphin on the list is offensive tackle Jake Long, whose place has not yet been revealed.

(I think Vontae Davis, who made Peter King's own list at No. 76, is another player who should be on it).

By contrast, the New York Jets already have two players on the list, and the New England Patriots one, though Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork have yet to be named.

The world champion Green Bay Packers have four players in the top 49, and that doen't include quarterback Aaron Rodgers or linebacker Clay Matthews.

It speaks to the poor job the current regime has done of mining talent that only two of the players, Wake and Long, were acquired on the Jeff Ireland/Tony Sparano watch, and Wake was a free agent signed from the CFL. Marshall, of course, was acquired in a trade with Denver before last season.

In other news, the Herald also recently reported that a study by Pro Football Focus showed that quarterback Chad Henne had the second steepest completion percentage drop when pressured of any QB in the NFL. First was the Jets' Mark Sanchez, which shouldn't be a surprise to New Yorkers who have watched him play the last two seasons.

Henne completes 67.8 percent of his passes when not pressured, but that number drops to 41.5 percent when pressured.

Quarterbacks have to be able to make the big throws under the gun; it's an essential part of their job and what separates the good ones from the great ones. And right now, Henne just isn't in that class.

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