Redskins left tackle Trent Williams had an excellent season in 2016, sans the four-game suspension he served for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. His season on the field was noteworthy enough to land him on Pro Football Focus’ Top 101 players for the 2016 season.
Williams ranked 17th overall in the NFL, and was the highest-ranked left tackle in football and third among all offensive linemen. Williams allowed an NFL-fewest 16 quarterback pressures. Here’s what PFF wrote about Williams’ performance this season.
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This season, we were reminded that Trent Williams has the potential to be the best left tackle in the game, but it was the first time we have seen him realize that potential since the 2013 season. Even this year, we were robbed of four games of that level of play due to his suspension, but in 12 games, Williams was a dominant force as a run blocker, even kicking inside to guard mid-game at one point and still moving bodies at the point of attack like he was playing against high school kids.
For the season, Williams allowed 16 total QB pressures for the third-best pass-blocking efficiency mark in the league among tackles.
Williams was the only Redskins player to make the list. There was no Josh Norman and no Kirk Cousins. Cousins did make a list for the 10 biggest names to not make the Top 101. Cousins also made the list for 10 players who are primed to make the top 101 for the first time, next season.
For those wondering Cousins was rated the 8th among quarterbacks by PFF. However, No. 9 Matthew Stafford jumped Cousins into the Top 101. Meanwhile, Norman had a bit of a drop-off compared to last season. He ranked No. 23 among cornerbacks in 2016, a year after being the top-ranked cornerback in the league.
As in rankings or rating system, it’s not 100 percent accurate. But there is no secret coaches, analysts, and media use PFF as a tool. So their rankings do hold a good deal of weight around the league.