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Trent Williams Takes No. 47 On NFL's 'Top 100' List

Posted May 29, 2017

Trent Williams has established himself annually as one of the best players in the NFL right now, earning five straight Pro Bowl appearances. On Monday, Williams was ranked the 47th-best player in the league.

Trent Williams has established himself annually as one of the best players in the NFL right now, earning five straight Pro Bowl appearances. On Monday, Williams was ranked the 47th-best player in the league.

Coming off his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl, it’s fair to say Trent Williams is one of the most respected and feared left tackles in the league.

That’s why, for the fifth year in a row, Williams was named to the "NFL’s Top 100 Players" list, checking in at No. 47 in 2017.

The list, which is selected based on current player votes, also includes quarterback Kirk Cousins (No. 70), tight end Jordan Reed (No. 65), and cornerback Josh Norman (No. 59).

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 reached No. 45 prior to the 2016 season.

In 2016, Williams missed four games due to a suspension but remained the anchor for an offensive line that allowed to Cousins set single-season team records in attempts (606), completions (406) and passing yards (4,917, where he ranked third in the league) while matching his team record with seven 300-yard passing games. Cousins also posted the third-highest completion percentage (67.0) and tied for the sixth-most passing touchdowns in a season in team history (25).

Williams was also only the third Redskins player since 1970 to reach five consecutive Pro Bowls, joining Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Ken Houston (seven straight from 1973-79) and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Chris Hanburger (five straight from 1972-76).

The five-time Pro Bowler was also Pro Football Focus’ top rated left tackle during the 2016 season

“I consider him the best,” Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan said during his first season. “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 once again a captain for the Redskins, providing veteran leadership for a relatively young roster and burgeoning offensive line.

Williams continues to invite players every offseason to his workout facility in Houston, Texas, where participants go through a series of workouts and get a better understanding of the game after speaking with him. That was the case for Redskins defensive lineman Joey Mbu entering his second year.

“I learned a lot about consistency. A lot about the mental game of football,” Mbu said of Williams. “He obviously is from the offensive end and he taught me what the weak points are in the offensive line.  [He taught me] work ethic, in the sense that he is literally there all day just working out, boxing, this and that. That is the work ethic I got from him…he has a really good personality and helps me with learning my surroundings. That’s a big thing, especially the person in his situation being a top guy and everything, learning his surroundings is a very key thing to him.”

On the other side of the ball, Isaiah Williams, a young offensive lineman entering his second season with the Redskins, expressed his excitement after spending part of his offseason with Trent in Houston.

“Really down to earth guy. Surprisingly he’s young.  I think a lot of people think Trent’s a lot older,” Williams said. “We found out we had a lot in common. It was just great to sit down with him and spend that time with him. I told him I appreciate him for bringing me down and sharing the ins and outs of what he does every day.”

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