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Chargers’ Hayward should be ranked much higher on NFL’s Top 100 list

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Casey Hayward
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Casey Hayward
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Chargers’ Casey Hayward lands on NFL’s ‘Top 100 Players’ list of 2018.

For the second year in a row, Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward made NFL’s Top 100.

After coming in at No. 64 a year ago, Hayward moved up five spots at No. 59 this time around. He was the second Charger to be named on the list, with defensive end Melvin Ingram ranking No. 76.

I argued that Ingram was too low. But Hayward at No. 59? His peers (the voters) definitely got this one wrong. Hayward was arguably the best cornerback in the entire league in 2017. He was Pro Football Focus’ top-ranked cornerback, allowing a league-best 42.7 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught. He was a big part of the Chargers’ defense finishing third in pass defense, too. Over the past two seasons, Hayward leads the NFL with 11 interceptions and 42 pass deflections.

It’s not just the numbers. If you watch Hayward play, you’ll realize just how good of a player he is. He’s not the fastest corner out there, but he rarely gets beat. His footwork and instincts are incredible.

Even Hayward believes he should be higher on the list.

Last year I was #64, this year I’m #59 on the top 100 and even though I see I’m trending the right direction, y’all got to be crazy to think there are 58 players better than me in the NFL. ?

— Casey Hayward (@show_case29) May 22, 2018

He didn’t like his ranking last year either. Some may see it as him not being humble, but he’s absolutely right. This list isn’t something people should freak out over, but it’s pretty disrespectful to see the best corner in football not even make it into the top 50. It should continue to motivate Hayward, who always seems to be underappreciated by everyone outside of Chargers fans.

Luckily, he’s on our team–and that’s all that matters.

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