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Players vote Urlacher 49th best

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The NFL Network polled 415 NFL players and asked them to rank the league's best players from one to 100.

Where does Brian Urlacher rank?

The Bears middle linebacker came in at No. 49, one spot above Patriots receiver Wes Welker and one below Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey.

Only the 41st through 50th players have been released this week. You can find Nos. 100 through 50 at

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Lance Briggs, Peppers and Devin Hester should all be in the top 50. Might catch a little bit of slack saying Devin Hester but you look what he has done since 2006 he has made in a good case to be a Hall of Fame canidate.

I don't know about #49, I know as a Bears fan my opinion is bias, but Urlacher did make the Pro-Bowl last season and was the starting middle linebacker for one of the leagues top rated defenses. Plus you gotta take into consideration the importance of the position Urlacher plays, not just any linebacker can play in the middle of that cover-2 scheme. He should have been in the 20's at the very least. But, not bad for a guy going into his 12th season.

As far as Champ Bailey, I thought he should have been rated a little higher also, Bailey has lost a step, he was at his best from 2004-2006 when he was a 1st team All-Pro cornerback for 3 straight seasons, but, Bailey is still one of the leagues elite corners and did make his 10th Pro-Bowl last season. I think Bailey should have been rated in the 20's also. When its all said and done, Champ Bailey is gonna go down as one of the best corners in league history. I think he'll be a Hall of Famer. GO BEARS!!

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