8. Rob Gronkowski– Since he broke into the league, we never knew what to expect from Rob Gronkowski. He was selected 42nd overall in the second round of the of the 2010 NFL draft and since then, he’s become one of the league’s most popular players and also has turned out to be one of the overall best players in the game today. For the second straight year, the man referred to as “Gronk” has made the list and he comes in as my eighth best player in the league entering the 2016 season. He’s by far the best tight end in the NFL and the biggest match-up concern for anyone preparing to stop him. He’s 6’6, 265 pounds and the Patriots have used him in a variety of ways. They’ve placed him in the slot, used him out the backfield, in the traditional tight end position and one thing has remained the same with him. No matter where he is, he’s productive and he’s the engine that keeps this Patriots’ offense running. He can do it all: he blocks, he catches everything thrown in his direction, he moves well after he catches the football and I think the most impressive thing with him is his ability to run his routes so smoothly, especially for a guy of his size. When he’s in the open field, he’s impossible to bring down and sometimes it takes close to five guys to tackle. He’s Tom Brady’s best offensive weapon since the Randy Moss days and over a five-year span, Rob Gronkowski has a total of 65 touchdowns, the most by a tight end. When I interviewed Shalise Manza Young, the former beat writer for the New England Patriots and now covers the NFL for yahoo.com, I asked her what’s made this tandem of Brady and Gronkowski so special and the first thing she stated was Tom isn’t throwing you the ball if he doesn’t trust you. Next, she went on to say during his rookie year, Brady was so hard on him because he saw just how great he can be and it got to the point where Gronk was almost in tears. Look at him now and the impact he has on that New England offense. They average close to 32 points a game with him on the field and without him, half of that. When it’s all said and done, Rob Gronkowski can hold many records for a tight end.