Graham Ranked Higher than Gronk, Rosenthal Pissed

June 5, 2012; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) catches a pass during a minicamp session at the team's practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

We don't know where our very own Jimmy Graham will land on the "Top 100: Players of 2012" list but we do know one thing: he will be ranked higher than Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who comes in at No. 21. And it's a fact that just doesn't sit well with fellow Tulane alum Gregg Rosenthal.

We'd argue that Gronkowski is one of the five best blocking tight ends in the league. He's a difference-maker in New England's running game, and that versatility makes the Patriots' offense impossible to defend. This isn't an attack on Graham. He deserves to be high as well, but he's a more one-dimensional player.

Obviously, I'm biased so I think everything is fine as it stands. But if I'm being a reasonable man, Rosenthal's got a point. Plus, Gronkowski has the better stat line. And the records. To be honest, I'm actually shocked myself that Gronk wasn't ranked higher than Graham.

As Gregg points out, though, this list was compiled by current players; they obviously think Graham is the best tight end in the game. Perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to discount them and their opinions.

Or maybe it was just an alphabetical thing.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Canal Street Chronicles

You must be a member of Canal Street Chronicles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canal Street Chronicles. You should read them.

Join Canal Street Chronicles

You must be a member of Canal Street Chronicles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canal Street Chronicles. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker