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Everson Griffen Ranks 92nd on NFL's Top 100 List

Everson Griffen finally cracked the NFL's Top 100 list, as the Vikings defensive end made his debut by coming in at No. 92 on Monday night.

The list is voted upon solely by NFL players. 

Griffen had 48 total tackles (according to coaches' tally) and added 8.0 sacks with three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in 2016.

Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels said Griffen is known for his quick first step that helps him get to the opposing quarterback.

"It's like an explosion," Daniels said. "As soon as the ball is snapped, it's like a bomb went off and he's just flying around the edge.

"He's going to get to that quarterback," Daniels added. "That guy, he's a big dude, too, if you've ever seen him in person."

Griffen has been selected to two consecutive Pro Bowls, but had yet to make this annual list.

But opposing players said they've noticed his success for awhile, as Griffen has become a cornerstone on one of the league's top units.

"He's one of those guys you know you have to account for," said Bills fullback Mike Tolbert. "But he ends up with 2.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, things like that."

A former fourth-round pick, Griffen has 234 career tackles and 48.0 sacks to go along with seven forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

Griffen also likes to have fun in between plays, as one of Griffen's own teammates weighed in on his personality.

Vikings safety Harrison Smith said he enjoys Griffen's ability to banter with opposing players.

"Everson is all go, all the time," Smith said. "Always getting into it with people and that's what makes him so great.

"He's just so excited to talk about what he's doing on the field," Smith added. "That's exactly who he is."

Multiple NFL players said Griffen's game jumps out when they put on game tape.

"I watch a lot of film on the Vikings … they're in our division," Daniels said. "He just makes offensive tackles look goofy.

"He's definitely one of the more dangerous edge rushers in the NFL," Daniels added. 

Said Smith: "It's always fun to watch him on film just because he's so explosive and has so many different moves he has coming off the edge." 

San Diego defensive end Joey Bosa kicked off the list at No. 100, and was followed by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler and Saints running back and former Viking Adrian Peterson. 

Pittsburgh guard David DeCastro made the list at No. 97 while Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison and Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele were next. 

Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower preceded Griffen, while Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander capped off the list at No. 91.

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