The annual NFL Top 100 list revealed its first 50 players with two 49ers making an appearance, including Jimmie Ward who made the list for the first time.
The NFL Top 100 series counts down the top 100 players in the National Football League from this last season as voted by the players. After revealing Nos. 100 through 51 on the list Sunday night, two San Francisco 49ers players made their way to list with more to come later in the series.
Niners tight end George Kittle was the highest-ranking San Francisco player to appear on the Top 100, previously, when he secured the No. 7 overall spot following his 2019 NFL season.
While there’s still half of the Top 100 to be revealed, two 49ers are already on the list following Sunday night.
49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk (No. 100)
The Niners’ do-it-all fullback, Kyle Juszczyk or “Juice,” was the first player to start this season’s list, landing at No. 100 after being 97th a year ago.
He will likely be the only fullback who appears on this list and he is the most versatile at the position in the entire league.
Teammates Kittle and offensive tackle Trent Williams offered their words on what “Juice” does for the team. Williams appears for a short few seconds to simply say, “There’s not 100 players better than Kyle Juszczyk, the “Juice Man.”
Kittle added, “He’s great at all the little things, whether it’s setting up, whether it’s his steps, whether it’s his stance, whether it’s his eyes.”
Juice remains a huge part of San Francisco’s offense and is truly a player where the stats just don’t show his importance.
49ers safety Jimmie Ward (No. 96)
Free safety Jimmie Ward is finally getting some well-deserved love from the public and his peers after landing at No. 96 on this year’s players list. This is his first time being voted to list after somewhat of a breakout season. Ward appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers during the regular season and had a solid postseason as well.
Ward finished the season with 77 combined tackles and two interceptions.
Williams couldn’t help but applaud to hear Ward made the list, “That’s well-deserved man, I love Jimmie man, the whole team he is like a glue guy.”
Ward and Juszczyk are the first pair of Niners to appear on NFL Top 100 this year, and as it continues to unfold, it will be interesting to see where stars like Kittle, Williams, Deebo Samuel, Fred Warner and Nick Bosa land.