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Mario Williams is No. 29 on NFL Network Top 100 players list

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Here is the tale of Williams' meteoric rise in the NFL, from No. 1 overall pick in 2006, to the 72nd-best player ranking in 2013, to his status as a Top 30 talent in the league today.

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NFL Network added a fourth member of the Buffalo Bills to their list of the Top 100 players in the league last night, with Mario Williams coming in at No. 29 overall.

Williams came in at No. 72 on this list a year ago, and apparently makes his 43-spot jump from year to year based on eight fewer tackles and 2.5 additional sacks between his 2012 and 2013 output. This year, Williams ranks one spot ahead of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on the list, and one spot behind Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Last year, he was ranked one spot behind Colts runner Trent Richardson. (Yikes.)

Three of Williams' fellow Bills defenders had already made the list. Kyle Williams was announced last week as the 32nd-best player, while Marcell Dareus and Kiko Alonso had previously come in at Nos. 62 and 84, respectively. The exercise has proven to be a nice shout-out for Buffalo's productive defensive line, who placed these three players in last year's Pro Bowl, as well.