This year, the NFL has eliminated the AFC/NFC distinction, and just selected Pro Bowlers at each position. The results:
Six of the seven rushing leaders, with Gore jumping ahead of Alfred Morris (fifth in rushing yards).
Clear-cut picks if you read my Fullback Report.
Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; Demaryius Thomas, Broncos.
Six of the top 7 leaders in receiving yards made it, with Alshon Jeffery missing out. Marshall is 11th in receiving yards but in the top seven in both receptions and receiving touchdowns, while Bryant ranks 15th in receiving yards but is tied for the lead among wide receivers in touchdowns.
If Cameron had 16 more receiving yards, these would be the top four tight ends in fantasy points. Instead it’s four of the top five, overlooking Tony Gonzalez. There’s a good chance Gonzalez makes his 14th Pro Bowl by the time the game comes around.
Tackle: Branden Albert, Chiefs; Jason Peters, Eagles; Tyron Smith, Cowboys; Joe Staley, 49ers; Joe Thomas, Browns; Trent Williams, Redskins.
Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.
I’ll be honest, I’m still a little surprised Maurkice Pouncey didn’t manage to sneak in here.
The Pro Bowl ballot does not know how to handle the front seven, but I decided to break it down in the way that makes the most sense. Hard to argue much with these selections.
Hard to argue with these picks, although the Ngata selection was a bit reputation-based. Jurrell Casey left out despite 10.5 sacks.
Not a single 4-3 outside linebacker? Von Miller was dominant when he played, but I can understand leaving him out. It’s less clear why none of Lavonte David, Thomas Davis, and DeAndre Levy made the list, other than #SACKS.
Apparently, if you play weakside linebacker and record a ton of tackles, you are now an inside linebacker. Kuechly was a lock for this team, and the 49ers duo appears here a year after taking the two first-team All-Pro spots.
Cornerback: Brandon Flowers, Chiefs; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Joe Haden, Browns; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Aqib Talib, Patriots; Alterraun Verner, Titans.
The average fan might be surprised by the presence of Grimes and Verner, but this list seems to fit with expectations.
Three of the members of the Legion of Boom make the list, which makes sense when you consider how dominant the Seattle pass defense has been this year. Five Kansas City defensive players made the list.
I’m done caring.