GREEN BAY – Of the four Packers revealed in the early episodes of this year’s “Top 100 Players” on NFL Network, left tackle David Bakhtiari was the one who cracked the list for the first time.
Bakhtiari came in at No. 91, and the recognition was overdue. Back in 2016, Bakhtiari was named second-team All-Pro by The Associated Press and was selected for his first Pro Bowl.
He repeated the second-team All-Pro honors in 2017, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg as the only offensive tackles in Green Bay history to receive AP All-Pro honors in consecutive seasons.
The repeat entries in the “Top 100” announced by NFL Network on Monday night were safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (No. 100), defensive tackle Mike Daniels (No. 93) and new tight end Jimmy Graham (No. 89).
Clinton-Dix made the list for the second straight year and Daniels for a third. They dropped from their rankings a year ago, which saw Clinton-Dix at No. 77 and Daniels at No. 84.
Clinton-Dix had three interceptions last season and now has eight over the past two years, having made his first Pro Bowl in 2016.
Daniels was named to his first Pro Bowl last year on the heels of a five-sack season, the fourth straight year he has posted at least four sacks. Daniels’ 72 total tackles in 2017 were a career high.
Graham cracked the “Top 100” for the fourth time in his career, ranking as high as No. 10 in 2014. He also made the list in 2012 and 2015.
Graham had 57 catches for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, and his appearances in the “Top 100” have followed each of his four career seasons with double-digit TD grabs.