4 Patriots on ESPN's Top 50

ESPN.com NFL scout Matt Williamson has put together his "top 50" players list at the midpoint of the season, and the Patriots have four players in the mix:

2. QB Tom Brady

14. TE Rob Gronkowski

38. DT Vince Wilfork

48. WR Wes Welker

The next Patriots player is tight end Aaron Hernandez, who lands in the "honorable mention" category.

Williamson provides extensive analysis with each selection, and gives props to Welker, whose reduced playing time was under the spotlight earlier this year (it has since become a non-issue after Julian Edelman's hand injury).

"Comparing Welker to other top wideouts isn't easy. He has a symbiotic relationship with Tom Brady and New England's system like no other receiver in today's game," Williamson writes.

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