Mid-Season Pro-Bowl and All-Pro Selections

I have thought about doing this for several weeks and I picked the end of week 9 for a couple of reasons. I think it will be more accurate to have 8 teams having completed 9 games played rather than 20 teams with 7 games played for a mid-season report.

What I am going to do is breakdown what Pro-Bowl selections and All-Pro selections should be made based on Pro Football Focus’ rankings. I know there is no shortage of critics of PFF but I’ll take the use of the site by NFL teams and agents over opinions of a couple of posters on a sports blog.

Now let’s get down to the rankings. Some of them will be challenging (mostly on defense) with some teams playing different fronts.

AFC Offense: NFC Offense:
Quarterback: Quarterback:
Tom Brady – New England Patriots Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
Peyton ManningDenver Broncos Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
Running back: Running back:
C.J. SpillerBuffalo Bills Adrian PetersonMinnesota Vikings
Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens Marshawn LynchSeattle Seahawks
Isaac Redman – Pittsburgh Steelers Doug Martin– Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fullback: Fullback:
Marcel ReeceOakland Raiders Jerome Felton – Minnesota Vikings
Wide Receiver: Wide Receiver:
Reggie WayneIndianapolis Colts Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons
A.J. GreenCincinnati Bengals Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings
Andre JohnsonHouston Texans Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears
Malcom Floyd – San Diego Chargers Vincent JacksonTampa Bay Buccaneers
Tight end: Tight end:
Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers
Marcedes LewisJacksonville Jaguars Martellus BennettNew York Giants
Tackle: Tackle:
Duane Brown – Houston Texans Joe Staley – San Francisco 49ers
Branden AlbertKansas City Chiefs Trent WilliamsWashington Redskins
Ryan Clady – Denver Broncos William Beatty – New York Giants
Guard: Guard:
Marshal YandaBaltimore Ravens Evan MathisPhiladelphia Eagles
Louis Vasquez – San Diego Chargers Mike Iupati - San Francisco 49ers
Kevin Zeitler – Cincinnati Bengals Rob Sims – Detroit Lions
Center: Center:
Mike Pouncey – Miami Dolphins John Sullivan – Minnesota Vikings
Nick Mangold – New York Jets Jonathan GoodwinSan Francisco 49ers


AFC Defense:

NFC Defense:
Defensive End: Defensive End:
Cameron Wake – Miami Dolphins Jason Pierre-Paul – New York Giants
Chandler Jones – New England Patriots Calais Campbell – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
J.J. Watt – Houston Texans Charles JohnsonCarolina Panthers
Defensive Tackle: Defensive Tackle:
Geno Atkins – Cincinnati Bengals Gerald McCoy – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Muhammad Wilerson – New York Jets Kevin Williams – Minnesota Vikings
Randy Starks – Miami Dolphins Jason HatcherDallas Cowboys
Outside linebacker: Outside linebacker:
Von Miller – Denver Broncos Clay Matthews – Green Bay Packers
Philip Wheeler – Oakland Raiders Lance Briggs – Chicago Bears
Justin Houston – Kansas City Chiefs Anthony Spencer – Dallas Cowboys
Inside/middle linebacker: Inside/middle linebacker:
Karlos Dansby – Miami Dolphins Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers
Brandon Spikes – New England Patriots NaVorro Bowman – San Francisco 49ers
Cornerback: Cornerback:
Sheldon BrownCleveland Browns Antoine Winfield – Minnesota Vikings
Alterraun VernerTennessee Titans Charles Tillman – Chicago Bears
Devin McCourty – New England Patriots Casey Hayward – Green Bay Packers
Safety: Safety:
Reshad Jones – Miami Dolphins Ronde Barber – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Eric Weddle – San Diego Chargers Kerry Rhodes – Ariznoa Cardinals
Jairus Byrd – Buffalo Bills Dashon Goldson – San Francisco 49ers

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AFC Special Teams: NFC Special Teams:
Punter: Punter:
Donnie Jones – Houston Texans Thomas Morstead – New Orleans Saints
Placekicker: Placekicker:
Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens Blair Walsh – Minnesota Vikings
Kick returner: Kick returner:
Marcus ThigpenMiami Dolphins David Wilson – New York Giants (Percy Harvin is selected as WR)
Special-teamer: Special-teamer:
Olivier Vernon – Miami Dolphins Niles Paul – Washington Redskins


* Note: Players in bold would be 1st team All-Pro selections

The eight teams that have played nine games are: Tennessee, Minnesota, NYG, Seattle, Cleveland, Green Bay, Arizona and Washington.

In doing this I found a few surprises, most notably was the few undefeated Atlanta Falcon players there were listed. Since some of the teams played an extra game it gave their players an extra game to move up the rankings so when 2 players were tied or within 0.5 points I selected the player with fewer played games.

As a reminder to the critics out there, this isn't based on stats it based on an overall individual ranking that includes things like penalties. For those critics, before posting a negative view I urge you to read this Wall Street Journal article about PFF: Wall Street Journal

Well I hope you enjoyed this mid season Pro-Bowl selection list, I know I enjoyed doing it but I love other statistical metrics (I guess that is why I love things like the NBA's PER).

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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