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Trent Williams Named To NFL's 'Top 100' List


Trent Williams has established himself as annually one of the best players in the NFL right now, earning four straight Pro Bowl appearances. On Wednesday, Williams was ranked the 45th-best player in the league.

Trent Williams is back in the NFL Top 100 and making moves.

For the fourth year in a row, Williams was named to the "NFL's Top 100 Players" list, checking in at No. 45 for 2016's edition.

The list, which is selected based on current player votes, also includes quarterback Kirk Cousins (No. 85) and tight end Jordan Reed (No. 77).

Williams made his first appearance on the list in 2013 coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, as he was selected No. 99 that year.

Since then, he's climbed from No. 60 (2014) to No. 47 (2015) and now to his highest ranking yet.

During the 2016 season, Williams – who signed a long-term contract extension in August -- started 14 games for the Redskins, helping Washington clinch its second division title in four seasons.

He anchored an offensive line that ranked tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks allowed (27) a year after ranking 31st in that category (58).

Protecting Cousins' blindside, Williams helped clear the way for the quarterback to set single-season team records for completions (379), passing yards (4,166) and 300-yard passing games (seven).

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams on Wednesday was named to the NFL's 'Top 100 Players of 2016' list, checking in at No. 45.

"I consider him the best," Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan said this offseason. "I've been very fortunate to be around a lot of All-Pro tackles and this guys off the charts athletically. I mean, I tell him that all the time. And what he can do with his talent level whether it's on the perimeter, at the point of attack, downfield on screens, it's scary, it really is."

Williams was also once again a captain for the Redskins, providing veteran leadership for a relatively young roster.

Tight end Jordan Reed works out with Williams when he's down in Texas during the offseason, while someone like Ty Nsekhe – who made the final 53-man roster last year and served as a quality backup – learns under the Oklahoma product's wing on a daily basis.

"Just seeing how that man works," Nsekhe said of how Williams has helped him. "How he comes to work every day. Treats every day the same, you know, he's never down, never too riled up. Just comes in, puts his head down, and just goes to work. I appreciate the opportunity to get to learn from that man. That's a great athlete."

While Williams is just hitting his prime, Callahan is confident that one day he'll be considered one of the best tackles in NFL history.

"He has great feet, you know, he's got the type of feet that Hall of Famers have," Callahan said. "And boy, as he keeps putting together these years, stacking these years, back-to-back Pro Bowls and All-Pros, someone will have a decision somewhere down the line."




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