Saints quarterback Drew Brees drops 24 spots to No. 30 on the NFL Network's Top 100 players list _lowres

Saints quarterback Drew Brees (Associated Press)


Drew Brees is still one of the top 100 players in the league.

He’s just no longer considered one of the top 10 players in the league.

After coming in at No. 6 on the NFL Network’s ranking of the top 100 players a year ago, the Saints quarterback checked in at No. 30 on this year’s list.

The rankings are determined by a player vote.

Brees tied with Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger for the league lead with a 4,952 yards last season. He also finished second in completion percentage (69.9) and fifth in touchdowns (33).

The knock on Brees last season is that he threw 17 interceptions. Only Jay Cutler (18) and Philip Rivers (18) threw more.

Baltimore’s Joe Flacco (97), Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (77), Carolina’s Cam Newton (73), Rivers (43), and Dallas’ Tony Romo (34), and Roethlisberger (26) are the other quarters to have made the list so far.

Brees is the first member of the Saints to make the list. Tight end Jimmy Graham, who was traded to Seattle this offseason, checked in at No. 31.

Watch Brees’ video here.