Brady, Gronkowski land in NFL Network's Top 10


'Tis the season for NFL lists.

With a few weeks between mandatory minicamp and training camp, and with very little news to cover, rankings of all sizes rain down on the Twitter feeds like candy for the masses starving to consume anything football-related. 

Everyone's doing them. Our own Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran is ticking down the Top 50 Patriots players in the Bill Belichick era, which has already served as an insightful history lesson and is sure to be more and more argument-provoking the closer he gets to No. 1.'s Andy Benoit just came out with a list of his own -- ranking all NFL starting quarterbacks -- and had Tom Brady as the headliner. 

One of the most visible of these these summer lists has been is the NFL Network's Top 100. Spots No. 100 (Green Bay's Randall Cobb) through No. 11 (Seattle's Richard Sherman) have been announced, and the top 10 slots will be revealed on Wednesday in two one-hour episodes, starting at 8 p.m. EST. 

As an appetizer of sorts, on Tuesday, the members of the top 10 were announced but not in order. 

Those who follow the Patriots will have particular interest in the last installment of the NFL Network's rankings, which is voted upon by current NFL players. New England is the only team with two representatives in the top 10: Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski. In Brady, MVP of Super Bowl XLIX, the team has a chance to have the No. 1 overall player. 

The other members of the top 10 include, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, Denver's Peyton Manning, Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, Detroit's Calvin Johnson, Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown, Houston's JJ Watt, Indy's Andrew Luck and Philadelphia's DeMarco Murray. 

Two more members of the Super Bowl champion Patriots have already appeared in the Top 100. Receiver Julian Edelman landed at No. 91, while corner Darrelle Revis, now with the Jets, stuck at No. 17.

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