AFC East's best: No. 6 Logan Mankins

The countdown of my top 25 AFC East players continues, one weekday at a time ...

Mankins Mankins About the choice: How dominant was Logan Mankins at left guard for the New England Patriots? He didn't report to the Patriots until Week 9 because of a contract dispute, but still was selected first-team All-Pro and voted a Pro Bowl starter. Five of running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis' best games (based on yards) came after Mankins rejoined the team. The Patriots averaged 112.7 rushing yards without Mankins last season and 131.6 with him.

Key fact: Mankins played tackle at Fresno State, and despite the move inside has started all 89 games he has played in his NFL career.

Hint about No. 5: His college head coach doesn't have a job anymore.

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