Linebacker rankings: Mayo sixth

ESPN.com continues its "power rankings" series today, focusing on the linebacker position, and New England's Jerod Mayo ranks sixth in the NFL. The breakdown:

1. Patrick Willis (49ers)

2. James Harrison (Steelers)

3. DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys)

4. Clay Matthews (Packers)

5. Ray Lewis (Ravens)

6. Jerod Mayo (Patriots)

AFC East reporter Tim Graham had Mayo ranked the highest (3rd), while ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton and AFC South reporter Paul Kuharsky did not have Mayo ranked.

Mayo's 28 points helped him edge Chicago's Brian Urlacher by one point.