Antonio Gates has made the top 100 list of 2013. He was ranked at number 73. Gates was able to get ahead of Dennis Pitta, Heath Miller, and Aaron Hernandez. In 2013 the chargers did not send any players to the pro bowl. So far Gates has been the only charger player to be on the list this year. Some possible candidates to make the list are Eric Weddle and Donald Butler. Malcolm Floyd could sneak into the list.
In a recent interview, Gates was dissatisfied with his position atop the list. He believed that he should be ranked a lot higher. Gates did not make the list in 2012, however in 2011 he was ranked the 22 best player in the league. Gates said that his ranking puts a chip on his shoulder and that it motivates him to play better. Charger fans should hope that is true because Gates was not the player many thought he would be last year.