In terms of on-field impact and off-field profile, Rob Gronkowski—this year’s Madden cover boy—is one of only a handful of non-quarterback superstars in the NFL. And for good reason. Aside from Tom Brady, Gronk is the driving force in a Patriots offense that is perennially prolific despite a dearth of high quality wideouts, running backs and linemen. Gronkowski’s greatest (and most underappreciated) value is his versatility. He plays multiple positions, giving New England’s offense the texture and dimension it thrives on.
— Andy Benoit