Pro Football Focus (PFF) released their list of Top-101 Players for 2022, and it was no surprise to see Atlanta Falcons offensive guard Chris Lindstrom ranked high.
Lindstrom came in at No. 12 on PFF’s list.
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Atlanta’s offense becoming the most run-heavy offense in the game played right into Lindstrom’s hands, as he built on a good career thus far to become a human bulldozer this season. Lindstrom was a phenomenal run blocker all season long, and he allowed just nine total pressures across 17 games and over 500 pass-blocking snaps. An underrated element: He committed just two penalties all season. Sam Monson, PFF
One could argue based on their own metrics, Lindstrom should have been ranked higher than No. 12.
PFF typically adheres rigidly to their own grading system, and Lindstrom was the highest graded player in the NFL… at any position… by some distance. His 95.0 was several points higher than the 92.5 posted by defensive end Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns.
The writer in this case injected some of his own opinions which cost the likes of Kaleb McGary and Tyler Allgeier spots on the list.
McGary finished the season ranked 24th among offensive players who had at least 200 snaps. His 86.6 grade was higher than Lane Johnson, Laremy Tunsil, Jordan Mailata, Tristan Wirfs, Brian O’Neill, Penei Sewell, Corey Linsley, and Connor Williams all of whom made the list.
Allgeier is in a similar situation after having an 86.7 grade and setting a Falcons rookie record for rushing yards. He too was left off the list despite grading one spot ahead of McGary at 23rd.
Allgeier saw more established players who didn’t grade as high as him make the list. Derrick Henry (85.9) and Aaron Jones(86.1) both made the list at No. 57 and No. 85 respectively.
This isn’t to say Allgeier is a better running back than Henry and Jones, but it’s a PFF list that is essentially taking PFF grades with a grain of salt.
That’s always been good advice.
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