Smith, Willis fall significantly on 'Top 100 Players of '14' list

Smith, Willis fall significantly on 'Top 100 Players of '14' list
June 26, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Aldon Smith slipped 26 spots to No. 33, while Patrick Willis dropped 17 notches to No. 27. (USATI)

On the NFL Network's 'Top 100 Players of 2013' countdown, Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis checked in at No. 7 and No. 10 respectively.

One year later, they apparently aren't regarded with as much esteem in the eyes of the NFL players who vote in the rankings.

For 2014, Smith slipped 26 spots to No. 33, while Willis dropped 17 notches to No. 27.

Smith missed five games last season after voluntarily checking himself into rehab following the 49ers' loss to the Colts in Week 4. 

In 11 games he registered 8.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and 34 tackles. A year prior, he recorded 19.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, an interception and 66 tackles over 16 games. He was named First-Team All-Pro.

Willis appeared in 14 games last season (he missed Weeks 4 and 5 with a groin strain), and registered 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 104 tackles. He was named to the Pro Bowl, but was not a First-Team All Pro selection like he was in 2012. 

Smith and Willis are the seventh and eighth 49ers to make the 2014 list, joining Colin Kaepernick (81), Joe Staley (75), Justin Smith (69), Vernon Davis (51), NaVorro Bowman (47) and Frank Gore (46).

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