NFL Network top 100 players of 2013: Mario Williams is No. 72

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

On a list of the NFL's 100 best players entering 2013 assembled based on voting from NFL players, Bills pass rusher Mario Williams came in at No. 72 overall.

NFL Network has been running a series on the Top 100 players of 2013, counting down ten players at a time for the last few weeks. A Buffalo Bills player made the cut - voted in by his peers, as is everyone on the list - when Mario Williams came in at No. 72 overall, just ahead of Antonio Gates and just behind Trent Richardson.

Williams, 28, signed the richest free agent contract for a defender in the history of the NFL last off-season - a six-year, $96 million deal with $50 million guaranteed that set some very lofty expectations for the veteran pass rusher. He finished his first season in Buffalo with 10.5 sacks - his highest single-season output since his first Pro Bowl campaign in 2008 - and did so despite having mid-season surgery to correct a wrist issue that plagued him for the first six games on the schedule.

Where Williams will line up in 2013 remains to be seen, and might be a snap-by-snap affair. A 4-3 defensive end by trade, you're likely to see Williams stand up as a linebacker, play his traditional role or even move inside to a three-technique on occasion playing in Mike Pettine's hybrid defense. Wherever he's lining up, he's also being counted on to spearhead a Bills pass rush that still needs to improve.

What do you think, Bills fans - is No. 72 too high, too low or just right for Mario?

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