Patriots have a few of NFL's top rookies

Not long ago, one of the biggest knocks on the New England Patriots was their age. Critics contended they were getting too old to maintain their dominance.

Look at the Patriots now.

The Patriots own the NFL's best record with one of the youngest teams and have three players listed among the top 11 of Matt Williamson's "Rookie Watch" this week.

Williamson, the Scouts Inc. analyst, rated cornerback Devin McCourty sixth, inside linebacker Brandon Spikes 10th and tight end Aaron Hernandez 11th as Rookie of the Year contenders.

Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi was 16th.

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, the AFC East's highest-drafted player at ninth overall, hasn't appeared in "Rookie Watch" for about a month.