Gronk 25th, Wilfork 30th in NFLN poll

June, 13, 2013
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Tight end Rob Gronkowski (25th) and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork (30th) became the third and fourth Patriots to make the NFL Network's Top 100 players for 2013 list, which is voted on by fellow players (video of analysis on Gronkowski; video of Wilfork).

When healthy, Gronkowski remains one of the league's most lethal red zone targets, and is also a strong blocker. He missed five regular-season games last season with a broken forearm, and finished with 55 receptions for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Wilfork, who was the lone Patriot named to the NFL's All-Pro first team last year, finished the 2012 season with 48 tackles, two forced fumbles and three sacks. His impact is difficult to quantify, however, as he's one of the most difficult defensive linemen to block in all of football and the central focus to the Patriots' run defense.

Former Patriots teammate Richard Seymour, Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, Texans center Chris Myers and Bills running back C.J. Spiller were among the players to share their thoughts on Wilfork, highlighting his impact on a play-by-play basis.

Previously, both tight end Aaron Hernandez (No. 77) and guard Logan Mankins (No. 82) had been named to the list.

To see the list in its entirety, CLICK HERE.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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