Though I know many of you aren’t Pro Football Focus’ biggest fans, if you’re interested, the site ranked James Harrison on its Top 101 list.
Harrison came in at 92nd place after being unranked last season.
Here’s a snippet from author Sam Monson.
“He notched 48 total pressures, but also a strong grade against the run, and in all honesty shows no sign of truly declining despite his advanced age.”
Monson’s “key stat” of Harrison was a 9% run stoppage, the third highest of any 3-4 OLB.
Harrison, as you surely know now, announced his return for one final season last week.
PFF unveiled its 26-101 rankings and curiously, Harrison is the only Pittsburgh Steeler to appear on the list. Of course, you can expect Antonio Brown to be in their top 25. You’d hope Ben Roethlisberger to be there, too, along with Cam Heyward and perhaps even Marcus Gilbert and David DeCastro.
But PFF marches to their own beat, not that I’m trying to say that’s a good or bad thing, but it makes their list unconventional from the traditional. They also note their 2015 rankings are based solely on last year’s play, too, which could knock someone like Roethlisberger, who missed four games and threw his most interceptions since 2006.
We’ll note whatever Steelers crack the top 25 when that section is published tomorrow.