Pro Football Weekly recently assembled its "Super 50" rankings for the 2010 season.
You might be surprised by the dearth of highly placed AFC East names. You can guess who earned the top spot, but there's a large gap until the next one and an even larger drop until the third.
The list, which appears in the Feb. 6 edition, was compiled "with the help of coaches and evaluators from around the NFL."
Here are the AFC East representatives with a comment from Pro Football Weekly's staff:
1. Tom Brady, Patriots quarterback: "Brady was exceptional in the regular season, completing 324 of 492 passes for 3,900 yards with 36 touchdowns and a mere four interceptions. Including the postseason, Brady went 339 passes without throwing a pick."
13. Darrelle Revis, Jets cornerback: "His statistics don't show it -- no sacks, interceptions or forced fumbles this season -- but Revis remains one of the best cover corners in the league. During a stretch in the middle of the season, the Jets' corner limited Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson and Terrell Owens to a combined nine catches for 74 yards."
45. Cameron Wake, Dolphins outside linebacker: "The former CFL star finished third in the league with 14 sacks. He helped the Dolphins' defense improve from 22nd in 2009 to sixth in '10. He is a relentless pass-rusher, using his speed to get past tackles to the quarterback."
46. Jake Long, Dolphins left tackle: "Long has established himself among the elite at his position. Despite knee and shoulder injuries, he started all 16 games for the third consecutive season."
48. Nick Mangold, Jets center: "The Jets' offensive line is one of the NFL's best, and Mangold is the team's most important player up front. He hasn't missed a start in five NFL seasons."
49. Jerod Mayo, Patriots linebacker: "Mayo seemed to always be around the ball in 2010, leading the league with 175 tackles and adding three fumble recoveries. ... With injuries on the defensive line and lots of youth, Mayo picked a good year to have his best season."