The first member of the Green Bay Packers to appear on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2013 came in at No. 31 Thursday night.
Somewhat surprisingly, that player was outside linebacker Clay Matthews.
A member of both the 2012 Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams, Matthews was rated as the No. 2 overall outside linebacker at Pro Football Focus last season.
Presenting Matthews at No. 31 were Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton, Houston Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown, Packers guard Josh Sitton and Chicago Bears offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod. You can watch the NFL Network’s video presentation of Matthews here.
Matthews, a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, came in at No. 27 on last year’s list.
The Packers had six players on the 2012 list, but figure to only have Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers on this year’s version.