For the past few weeks, ESPN analysts have gotten together and ranked the top players in the NFL at various positions. Thus far, they have ranked running backs, wide receivers, and pass rushers. This week, they ranked the top 10 tight ends in the league, and the list did not include Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. Nor did he garner any consideration whatsoever, as he received zero votes. Despite 2010 being Gronkosaurus’ rookie year, I feel that he was snubbed. Not only does he have better numbers that some on the “almost made it” list, he has better numbers than some on the top 10 list itself. He is also a more complete TE than several players on the list, as Gronk does not shy away from blocking on the line. Let’s take a look at the list.
1. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
2. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
3. Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts
4. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
5. Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins
6. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
7. Kellen Winslow Jr., Tampa Bay
8. Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars
9. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
10. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay
First off, Dallas Clark barely played last season due to injury. Aren’t Power Rankings based on what an individual or a team most recently did? We don’t rank the 49ers in the top 10 of NFL Power Rankings because they won a bunch of Super Bowls. Admittedly, he will likely have a good year barring an injury this coming season. However, Gronkowski has much better numbers than Green Bay’s Jermichael Finley. Finley’s stats on the year were 21 catches for 301 yards and 1 touchdown. He, too, was injured for much of the year, but he has yet to establish himself as a consistent player like Clark has. Gronkowski’s final stats were 42 catches for 546 yards and 10 touchdowns. Add in Gronk’s blocking abilities and he certainly warrants consideration. His numbers were also better than the Texans’ Owen Daniels (38 catches, 471 yards, 2 TDs) and the Vikings’ Visanthe Shiancoe (47 catches, 530 yards, 2 TDs), who each received votes.
What do you think?