First and 10: Who is the next John Mackey?

As we mourn the passing of Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey, it got senior writer Steve Wyche thinking about how Mackey revolutionized his position back in the 1960s. Mackey’s combination of superb talent and versatility turned him into a weapon unlike any seen before in the NFL. Could there be as revolutionary a performer in the league today? Wyche took a crack at that question, and came up with a few players who could make such a mark before their careers conclude.

Here’s what else is on tap Friday:

  • Friday’s Instant Debate question: Will Tom Brady still be No. 1 in the list of the NFL’s top players after the 2011 season is over? Our experts weigh in.
  • In light of Kerry Collins‘ retirement, Bucky Brooks chimes in to say the Titans better look at signing another veteran passer — perhaps Matt Hasselbeck.
  • Speaking of the Titans, longtime Tennessee linebacker Keith Bulluck, most recently with the New York Giants, will be live in studio tonight on “NFL Total Access.” We’ll have a Q&A here on as well.
  • For your listening pleasure today, here’s the Dave Dameshek Football Program. In this week’s episode, the boys continue their best uniforms playoff bracket.
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