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Three Texans Featured In PFF’s Top 101 Players

Pro Football Focus released their list of the top 101 players from the 2016 season. Check inside to find which Texans made the list.

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The internet’s favourite repository of Aaron Donald fan fiction has finally released its Top 101 Players of the 2016 NFL season. The list is highlighted by Tom Brady at #1, but three Texans players appear within the Top 101. They a

41. A.J. Bouye, CB, Houston Texans (unranked)

A.J. Bouye made himself a lot of money with his play during the 2016 season. Early in the year, he was a player grading curiously well, but he never dropped off, and though there were some inconsistent performances in there, the good was excellent, and came against some top receivers. Bouye allowed an average of just 9.7 yards per reception into his coverage, and notched 14 pass breakups (including the postseason).

Best performance: Week 7 vs. Broncos, 95.0 grade

Key stat: Bouye allowed just 50.5 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught (including the postseason).

56. Whitney Mercilus, EDGE, Houston Texans (96)

Much like San Diego’s Melvin Ingram, Whitney Mercilus is a former first-round pick now proving his worth after being slow to justify that draft status. Mercilus has now notched double-digit sacks in each of the past two seasons, and he finished with 76 total QB pressures—that mark includes a postseason that saw him average six total pressures and notch three sacks in two games. Mercilus was an impact player for the Texans, who have the opportunity to field something terrifying in a year’s time with a healthy J.J. Watt, Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney.

Best performance: Week 14 vs. Colts, 89.4 grade

Key stat: Mercilus generated at least one pressure in every single game this season (including the postseason).

60. Jadeveon Clowney, EDGE, Houston Texans (unranked)

We are starting to see Jadeveon Clowney make use of his freakish athletic potential, and he is still getting better. He played 870 snaps this season, including the playoffs, which is almost 300 more than the year before, and the second half of his season was far better than the first. By the postseason, Clowney was hitting his stride, and averaged 4.5 pressures across those two games, while making multiple key plays in other areas as well. Clowney is already this high on the list, but his potential remains near limitless.

Best performance: Week 5 vs. Vikings, 87.0 grades

Key stat: Clowney notched 58 total QB pressures over the season (including the playoffs).

Do you agree with PFF’s analysis and rankings of the Texans players? Should they have been higher or lower? Were there any Texans you believe were snubbed? Any non-Texan who didn’t make the list that you feel should have?

Let us know in the comments below.