Gronkowski under 25 and elite

May, 16, 2012
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In a top 10 ranking that highlights some of the young stars in the NFL, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com opines on the top players in the NFL who are under 25. One Patriot makes the cut -- Rob Gronkowski (23).

"The word 'Beast' is grossly overused in today's sports vernacular. However, in Gronk's case, there is no better term to describe him," Jeremiah writes. "In just his second season, he established himself as the best tight end in the NFL. He hauled in 90 balls for 1,327 yards and 17 TDs (a record for tight ends). He had multiple TDs in seven different regular season games. He has ideal size, speed and hands. His ability to use his frame to wall-off defenders on third down is a huge luxury for Tom Brady. I'd also rank him as the second best red-zone target in the NFL behind only Detroit's Calvin Johnson."

One other Patriot who might have drawn consideration, tight end Aaron Hernandez (22), might have a beef at being left off the "just missed the cut" category.

To read the piece, CLICK HERE.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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