4 Patriots make the PFF all-pro team
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski (NE)
The only thing that was going to keep Gronkowski out was his injury, but the performance in Week 17 eliminated even that argument. The Patriot is, by some distance, the best tight end in the NFL. He blocks well, gets open all over the field, and spikes like few can. He led our tight end rankings for the second year and it’s hard to look past him going forward.
Outside Linebacker: Jerod Mayo (NE)
In the past we’ve shouted from the rooftops how overrated Mayo has been. However, he’s taken a big step forward this year with some strikingly consistent play that saw him finish the year our No. 2 ranked 4-3 outside linebacker.
Sebastian Vollmer (NE) – One of the more heated discussions came when Vollmer was selected over Anthony Davis. Both played exceptionally well with the work of Vollmer in pass protection getting him the selection.
Devin McCourty (NE) – He was good at cornerback and then he was good at free safety. We had to find a space for him and this was the most logical position.