Re: Ranking Best Players in AFC East
posted at 5/11/2013 1:45 PM EDT
In response to IrishMob7's comment:
My rankings are under the assumption that all players are 100% healthy:
1. Tom Brady - no debate
2. Rob Gronkowski - when healthy, he is simply uncoverable. Our offense is nowhere near the same when he's not on the field.
3. Cameron Wake - What a freaking monster. Can you imagine him on the opposite end of Jones? Our pass-rushing woes would be no more. It's invaluable having the tandem of Vollmer/Solder who help stymie Wake just a bit so he doesn't completely obliterate Brady.
4. Nick Mangold- I don't care what anybody says. The Jets O-line is a completely different unit when Mangold is on the field. He brings a nasty presence to their line and I'd take him on the Pats any day of the week and twice on Sundays
5. It can be argued that either Vollmer/Hernandez can go here and either would be valid, but I'm going to go with Jairus Byrd. He's a young, upcoming stud who is a total ball-hawk on the back end of that Bills D. As a QB, you always have to be aware of where is on the field. Great player.
Good list. The only one I think is a reach is AH at #5. I can see a case for Vollmer, no doubt. I think AH is top 10 talent, but I'd rank him behind Vollmer, Wilfork and CJ Spiller for example. Spiller ran for over 1200 yds on a team that was always behind and needed to pass. Also, 43 receptions for a 10.7 yard avg.
You are right about Byrd, and with another year under his belt Gilmore could be scary good in the Bills secondary.