The countdown of my top 25 AFC East players continues, one weekday at a time ...
About the choice: Williams has been one of the NFL's most overlooked players for the past couple years, but he finally garnered enough recognition to make it the Pro Bowl and was voted second-team All-Pro. He was slotted as the Buffalo Bills' nose tackle when they switched to a 3-4 defense. But as they struggled to stop the run, his versatility moved him along the line. Williams led the Bills and tied for sixth among all defensive tackles with 5.5 sacks. He also posted a team-high 16 tackles for losses and recovered two fumbles.
Key fact: Williams had more sacks than outside linebackers Chris Kelsay, Reggie Torbor, Akin Ayodele and Chris Ellis (all of whom started at least one game) combined. Add rookie Arthur Moats' 2.5 sacks and Williams comes a half-sack shy of all five.
Hint about No. 10: He's the only player remaining on the list who plays the same position as someone rated higher.
12. Brandon Marshall, Dolphins receiver
13. David Harris, Jets inside linebacker
14. Devin McCourty, Patriots cornerback
15. Wes Welker, Patriots receiver
16. Karlos Dansby, Dolphins linebacker
17. Fred Jackson, Bills running back
18. Sebastian Vollmer, Patriots right tackle
19. Steve Johnson, Bills receiver
20. Vontae Davis, Dolphins cornerback
21. Bart Scott, Jets inside linebacker
22. Randy Starks, Dolphins defensive lineman
23. Dustin Keller, Jets tight end
24. Kendall Langford, Dolphins defensive end
25. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots tight end