Patriots and their blue, red chips

Mike Lombardi of NFL Network has unveiled his annual "blue chip" and "red chip" lists, which highlight the top players in the NFL.

As explained by Lombardi, a blue chipper is "a premier player in the league and a weapon on the field" who would be a top-5 player at his position.

Meanwhile, a red chipper has "abilities that can create mismatches vs. most opponents in the league" and would be a top-10 player at his position.

Here is where Lombardi ranked Patriots players in 2012 (defensive chips link; offensive chips link):

Blue chips

HC Bill Belichick

QB Tom Brady

TE Rob Gronkowski

TE Aaron Hernandez

G Logan Mankins

DT Vince Wilfork

Red chips

LB Jerod Mayo

WR Wes Welker