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Friday, February 28, 2014
Gathering different free-agent views

By Mike Reiss

In the past few days, there have been multiple lists produced that rank 2014 free agents.

When compiling four of the lists -- from Greg Bedard of TheMMQB.com, Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com, Evan Silva of Rotoworld, and NFL.com's Chris Wesseling and Gregg Rosenthal -- let's piece it together to see if there is any consensus.

CB Aqib Talib
Bedard: 17th
Prisco/Kirwan: 19th
Silva: 10th
Wesseling/Rosenthal: 13th

Quick-hit thought: Consistent across the board, which reflects Talib's status as a top-20 talent.

WR Julian Edelman
Bedard: 58th
Prisco/Kirwan: 31st
Silva: 39th
Wesseling/Rosenthal: 46th

Quick-hit thought: A bit more of a disparity with Edelman, perhaps because of some skepticism on if he'd put up similar numbers in a different system.

RB LeGarrette Blount
Bedard: 52nd
Prisco/Kirwan: 94th
Silva: 110th
Wesseling/Rosenthal: 66th

Quick-hit thought: Pretty wide split on the big back, possibly because the Patriots revived his career and there is some doubt it would happen again elsewhere

LB Brandon Spikes
Bedard: 67th
Prisco/Kirwan: 67th
Silva: 47th
Wesseling/Rosenthal: 32nd

Quick-hit thought: A bit of a contrast, but Spikes draws across-the-board respect for his style of play.

C Ryan Wendell
Bedard: n/a
Prisco/Kirwan: 131st
Silva: 91st
Wesseling/Rosenthal: n/a

Quick-hit thought: Gritty center finds himself on the fringes of top lists, but should have suitors.