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Clay Matthews ranked No. 82, Mike Daniels No. 84 in NFL Network's 'Top 100'

Both Packers defenders have made the list before


GREEN BAY -- Packers LB Clay Matthews is ranked No. 82 and DT Mike Daniels is No. 84 in the NFL Network's "Top 100 players of 2017."

Both players were profiled in the second installment of this year's rankings on Monday night as NFL Network announced all the players ranked from No. 100 up to 81.

Matthews has made the "Top 100" every year the list has been compiled. This is the seventh year, voted on annually by NFL players.

Matthews' previous rankings were No. 57 last year, 51 in 2015, 77 in '14, 31 in '13, 27 in '12, and 19 in '11.

Last season, Matthews recorded five sacks plus one more in the playoffs, missing four games due to injuries and playing the final nine games (six regular season, three postseason) with a bum shoulder.

A six-time Pro Bowler, Matthews ranks second on the Packers' all-time sack list with 72 1/2, behind only Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (74 1/2). He's also the franchise leader in postseason sacks with 11.

It's the second straight year Daniels has made the top 100 list. Last year, Daniels was ranked No. 95.

In 2016, Daniels posted 44 total tackles and four sacks, the fourth straight year he's had four or more sacks. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate for the second straight season.

Daniels was a key cog in a run defense that finished the regular season ranked eighth in the league, allowing an average of 94.7 rushing yards per game.

His 14 QB hits last season ranked third on the team, and his 14 pressures tied for second. In the postseason, he added 13 tackles (tops on the defensive line) and four QB hits (tying for the overall team lead).

A fourth-round pick out of Iowa in 2012, Daniels has a total of 22 sacks in his five-year career, plus 2 1/2 more in the postseason.

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