Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris make Pro Football Focus' List of the NFL's Top 101 Players

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Two dynamic rookies of 2012 are the lone Redskins representatives on Pro Football Focus' list of Top 101 players in 2012.

Each year, the analysts at Pro Football Focus compile their list of the top 101 players of the season. It's a refreshing contrast to the list that NFL Network compiles based on votes by the players, although there's been speculation that very few players actually take part in the voting process altogether.

With Pro Football Focus' list, they don't take position or reputation into account, so that essentially eliminates the top 10 players comprising nothing but quarterbacks, despite their importance. They also don't take past years into account, so a breakout player like Casey Hayward would rank higher than a player with a hall-of-fame résumé like Champ Bailey.

So which Redskins made it on the list?

Well, you could guess that Alfred Morris, the NFL's leading rusher not named Adrian Peterson would make it, and you'd be correct.

After a stellar rookie season where he racked-up 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns, Pro Football Focus ranked Morris 38th on their list of players from 2012.

"Sixth-round rookies are simply not meant to be this good," Pro Football Focus wrote. "While many want to attribute the success of Morris to a scheme that benefited him, that's unfair to a player who finished third in the league in yards after contact and finished third in the league in forced missed tackles in the running game. He didn't offer much as a receiver, but you can look past that when you measure the joy the Redskins had running the ball with him."

Robert Griffin III made the list as well, ranking 31st overall and sixth among quarterbacks.

"Turning the Redskins from a punch line to a relevant contender, RG3 was the dose of energy and talent that this team desperately needed," Pro Football Focus wrote. "His play on the field was nothing short of his exceptional, with the Redskins putting him in an offense that made full use of his skill set from Day 1. The end result was a player who was extremely accurate and extremely productive, and well worth such a prominent ranking."

As far as the other Redskins on the list, well, there weren't any.

Just two Redskins made the list for the 2011 season as well, with London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo ranking 96th and 97th respectively. Fletcher didn't make the list in 2012, with his chances likely hampered by his 20 missed tackles and allowing 699 receiving yards when the ball was thrown his way, both of which ranked worst among all inside linebackers. Orakpo had no chance of repeating his appearance after being sidelined for the season with a torn pectoral muscle in Week 2.

Other notable Redskins were Trent Williams, who like Fletcher, made NFL Network's top 100 list, but not Pro Football Focus'. Williams had a career year, allowing just four sacks and 24 total pressures in 482 pass-blocking snaps. Pierre Garcon also was a game-changing presence left off the list, but injuries limited him to half a season's worth of snaps.

So what say you, Redskins fans? What are your thoughts on PFF's Top 101 list?

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