Every offseason Pete Prisco of CBS Sports releases a list of who he thinks is the most overrated, and underrated players of each team. Prisco says that guard Logan Mankins is the most overrated New England Patriots player this year, and lists safety Devin McCourty as the most underrated.
Overrated: G Logan Mankins – I put him here last summer, and I think he deserves to be back again. He is considered a top guard, and he didn’t play like it last season.
Underrated: S Devin McCourty – He has made a nice transition from corner to safety, showing off the range you need on the back end.
Does Mankins deserve to be called the most overrated player in New England? Yes. Absolutely.
Mankins is extremely popular among the fans, and the media, but he simply is not the player he used to be.
I am not saying that he has dropped to ‘below average’. Not even close. But as Prisco mentions, he is supposed to be an elite offensive lineman, and he did not play like it at all in 2013. He is still decent in the run game, even showing flashes of that dominant monster we used to see. But when you watch him pass block, it is pretty obvious that he isn’t nearly as consistent as he used to be. I think we all remember that eventful fourth and three in last year’s AFC title game.
Even though I believe Mankins is in fact the Pats most overrated player, that doesn’t mean I want him out this year. He is still a fine left guard, but not to the extent of calling him elite. He helps anchor a solid left side of the line, although he is aided by having one of the best left tackles in the game in Nate Solder on his side.
In a few years (possibly even in 2015), his salary will be too much for New England to carry, and they may have to let him go. And to be completely honest, I really wouldn’t mind.