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The NFL Network is ranking the Top 100 players of 2011, and Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was ranked at No. 24. Unfortunately for these rankings, the quarterback position is so important that it can overshadow other positions. But their rankings are doing a good job of giving them some positional balance.

Patriots OL Logan Mankins is just behind Rodgers at No. 25. All 11 players on the field are important (or they wouldn't be on the field), but you don't build an offense around a great guard. But Mankins is apparently so well regarded in comparison to other guards, that they felt it was an appropriate ranking. I don't agree, but I understand what they're thinking.

The comparison at No. 23 is easier as Rodgers is ranked right behind Ben Roethlisberger. Looking at the quarterback stats from Football Outsiders, Rodgers is ranked ahead of him in 2008 and 2010, and behind him in 2009 when Roethlisberger appeared to receive a better strength of opponent bump. Roethlisberger has been starting in the NFL for longer, and played in a couple more Super Bowls, which I'm sure gave him an edge. But he's also a bonehead who was suspended for 4 games, which isn't the sign of a good team leader and it hurt his team on the field.

On the other hand, Pat Kirwan ranked Rodgers ahead of Roethlisberger. I'd obviously prefer Rodgers, but I'm also biased.