Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has been named to the NFL’s Top 100 for the fourth consecutive year, checking in at No. 45 on a list that’s determined by player votes.
Williams’ selection makes him the third Redskin to make the cut for 2016. The others are tight end Jordan Reed, who came in at No. 77, and quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was 85th. Players 1-40 will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Williams, a four-time Pro Bowl selection and captain of the offense, has seen his ranking improve each year, rising from 99 to 60 and then 47. In 2016, he anchored an O-line that ranked fourth in sacks yielded (27), just a year after ranking 31st (58).
During the Top 100 program, which airs each Wednesday on NFL Network, Williams was praised by teammates and opponents for his freakish athleticism, nasty disposition and toughness.
“The best player at my position in the NFL today would be Trent Williams,” Browns tackle Joe Thomas said. “Being a left tackle is all about consistency and doing your job every single play, and I think he does that really well.”
Added former Redskins and current Patriots nose tackle Terrance Knighton: “Virtually impossible to beat. …I’m still waiting to see what works against him.”
“For a man that large to be that fast and that quick, it’s pretty rare,” Cousins said. “Every pass rusher that we play, he just seems to neutralize them. And as a quarterback it makes me feel very, very safe back there.”
The most interesting comments on Williams, though, came from the guys who line up against him on Sundays.
“Toughest O-lineman? Trent Williams,” said Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith.
Said Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels: “He’s mean out there, and I love that. I love guys that are jerks on the field. You have to be like that in the trenches. I have a lot of respect for him and I can’t wait to play against him this year.”
“He’s one of those bitter, petty type of players that you certainly want as offensive linemen,” Saints end Cameron Jordan said. “He talks greasy, plays nasty. He should have been a D-tackle.”
Vikings end Linval Joseph added: “He has a great attitude for football, just so aggressive. He gets in your head, and once somebody gets in your head, they own you. He’s going to own a lot of guys. He’s special and he’s going to be special for a long time.”