Pats represented in top-100 ranking

April, 20, 2011
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Ranking the top 100 players in the NFL is a daunting task, and Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com does it annually. Prisco's rankings came out this week -- split between 1-50 and 51-100 -- and the Patriots are represented in a handful of spots:

1t. Tom Brady -- Quarterback is tied with Peyton Manning at the top.

56. Devin McCourty -- Cornerback was the 27th player picked last year, but he's already mentioned in elite category.

60. Vince Wilfork -- Defensive lineman ranks below Haloti Ngata but is noted for his top-notch play at two spots.

62. Jerod Mayo -- Linebacker's solid play and high tackle total, with younger players around him, draws mention.

Receiver Wes Welker and guard Logan Mankins were included in the "just missed" category.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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