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Joseph, Cousins Land in 81-100 of NFL Network's Top 100 List

A pair of Vikings — one on offense and one on defense — were named to the NFL's Top 100 list on Monday night.

Linval Joseph landed at No. 83, as the Vikings defensive tackle made the cut for the second time in his career.

Joseph came in at No. 76 in 2016 in the list that is voted on solely by NFL players.

Joseph led all Vikings defensive linemen with 93 tackles (coaches' tally) and was a key factor in Minnesota ranking second in the NFL in rush yards allowed (83.6 per game). He also had 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Joseph's counterparts praised his nastiness in the trenches.

"You need about three people to move him," Buccaneers offensive lineman Donovan Smith said. "That's one strong, stout player … you need two or three bodies to move him up the middle."

Saints guard Larry Warford called Joseph an "absolute monster" inside and noted he is someone "you don't want to go 1-on-1 with."

Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels also talked up the Vikings big man.

"First of all, he's humongous," Daniels said. "He is a large human being … just flat-out large.

"He's definitely a top player in the NFL," Daniels added. "And he's gotten better every year."

Kirk Cousins, who signed a three-year deal with the Vikings in March, was the 94th player on the list. He made the show for the third time in his career after placing 70th in 2017 and landing at No. 85 in 2016.

The Vikings new quarterback spent the past three seasons as the starter in Washington. A former fourth-round pick in 2012 out of Michigan State, Cousins threw for 13,176 yards and 81 touchdowns while compiling a passer rating of 97.6 during that span.

He has thrown for at least 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons.

Cousins' Week 10 performance against Seattle when he threw for 247 yards and led a late drive to secure a 17-14 win was highlighted.

The victory earned the respect of Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin.

"What I appreciate about Kirk Cousins — and maybe it has less to do about football — is that he knows who he is," Baldwin said of Cousins' demeanor. "When I hear him talk, when I watch his body language, you can tell he's very confident in who he is as a person, as a human being on this Earth."

Daniels — who preceded Cousins on the list at No. 93 — will now see the quarterback twice a year in the NFC North.

"He is a top-tier quarterback," Daniels said.

Washington linebacker Zach Brown said his former teammate has sneaky speed.

"He can run," Brown said. "Everybody don't know that, but he's got a little bit of wheels."

Cousins has 13 career rushing touchdowns, including two against the Vikings last November.

Monday night's show was split into two hours and unveiled 20 players.

Green Bay safety HaHa Clinton-Dix kicked off the series at No. 100, and was followed by Baldwin, Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosely, Browns running back Carlos Hyde and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.

Philadelphia right tackle Lane Johnson was up next, followed by Cousins and Daniels. Giants safety Landon Collins and Packers tackle David Bakhtiari finished off the first hour of the show.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garppolo led off the next hour, and was followed Packers tight end Jimmy Graham, Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, Broncos cornerback Chis Harris, Jr.

Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt were then showcased before Joseph. A pair of Saints — cornerback Marshon Lattimore and wide receiver Michael Thomas — rounded out the second list of the series.

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