David Bakhtiari is the Green Bay Packers’ left tackle of the present and future, and he is unquestionably one of the top players at his position in the NFL right now. Just before week one of the 2016 season, Bakhtiari signed a new long-term contract that added four years and $48 million onto his rookie deal, a contract which currently has him tied for the fifth-highest-paid left tackle (and fifth-highest-paid offensive lineman overall) in the league.
However, Bakhtiari somehow was not listed on this year’s NFL Top 100 list.
While he was annoyed about not making the list, that’s not at all Bakhtiari’s biggest problem with it; overall, the process doesn’t jibe with the outspoken tackle, who has never been shy about expressing his opinions. On Monday, he went into a bit of a Twitter frenzy regarding the process overall. Here are a few of his comments about the list and the process, as he turns his focus over to the blind eye that the list appears to take towards offensive linemen:
Would be cool if there was a real NFL player rankings. But there is too many politics and agendas out there that spoil it. #soundfamiliar— David Bakhtiari (@DBak69) June 27, 2017
Was there even a right tackle in there? Come on. That's just sad folks.— David Bakhtiari (@DBak69) June 27, 2017
somewhere 9 O-linemen made the list. 9?!?! Oline make up almost 1/2 the offense n play everydown. Alotta sheep roaming around these days.— David Bakhtiari (@DBak69) June 27, 2017
To illustrate Bakhtiari’s point, 5 out of 22 players on an NFL field on any given down are offensive linemen. That’s a ratio of 23%, which indicates that offensive linemen are brutally under-represented on the list.
Bakhtiari also called out a couple of his teammates from 2016 as snubs from this year’s Top 100. He mentioned T.J. Lang’s omission, as well as his bookend tackle, Bryan Bulaga:
Say what you will about which linemen deserve to be ranked where, but it’s tough to argue Bakhtiari’s point that the offensive line is undervalued in the general consciousness of the NFL.
Rodgers’ #6 ranking
Bakhtiari wasn’t the only person unhappy with the list, though some current and former Packers disgreed with another aspect of it — specifically, Aaron Rodgers’ 6th-place ranking. In addition to one of his linemen saying he should be number one, a pair of corners who currently or previously faced him in practice every day have something to say:
Funniest shit I've ever seen https://t.co/zvm5vXhjLO— Damarious Randall (@RandallTime) June 27, 2017
We know it's not 5 players better than Arod right?!?! https://t.co/DZaXQa92ey— Casey Hayward (@show_case29) June 27, 2017
Packers wide receiver Davante Adams also got in on the discussion, retweeting Hayward’s comment above. (He also thought it was hilarious that he was the very first player left off the list at number 101.)