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2017 AP All-Pro Teams Announced

A few days ago, the AP announced the 2017 All-Pro teams. For the second year in a row, there was no fullback position, replaced by a “Flex” spot that can basically go to any running back, wide receiver, or tight end. This year, 38 of the 50 votes went to a running back, 8 went to a wide receiver, and 4 to a tight end. On both offense and defense there are 12 first-team All-Pros: on offense, it’s five offensive lineman, a quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one flex, and one tight end. On defense, there are 2 first team edge rushers, 2 interior defenders, 3 linebackers, 2 cornerbacks, 2 safeties, and one defensive back.

The full list, below.

Offense

Quarterback

Tom Brady, New England, 47; Carson Wentz, Philadelphia, 2; Russell Wilson, Seattle, 1.

Running Backs

Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams, 46; Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh, 3; Kareem Hunt, Kansas City, 1.

Wide Receivers

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh, 50; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston, 42; Julio Jones, Atlanta, 5; Adam Thielen, Minnesota, 3.

Flex

Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh, 26; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans, 9; Travis Kelce, Kansas City, 2; Kareem Hunt, Kansas City, 2; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston, 2; Julio Jones, Atlanta, 2; Rob Gronkowski, New England, 2; Jarvis Landry, Miami, 1; Tyreek Hill, Kansas City, 1; Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers, 1; Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams, 1; Doug Baldwin, Seattle, 1.

Tight End

Rob Gronkowski, New England, 40; Travis Kelce, Kansas City, 10.

Left Tackle

Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams, 24; David Bakhtiari, Green Bay, 10; Taylor Lewan, Tennessee, 5; Tyron Smith, Dallas, 4; Joe Staley, San Francisco, 2; Trent Williams, Washington, 1; Lane Johnson, Philadelphia, 1.

Right Tackle

Lane Johnson, Philadelphia, 40; Daryl Williams, Carolina, 3; Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City, 3; Jack Conklin, Tennessee, 2; Taylor Lewan, Tennessee, 1; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans, 1.

Left Guards

Andrew Norwell, Carolina, 11; Rodger Saffold, Los Angeles Rams, 10; Richie Incognito, Buffalo, 8; Kelechi Osemele, Oakland, 7; David DeCastro, Pittsburgh, 3; Zack Martin, Dallas, 3; Joel Bitonio, Cleveland, 2; Josh Sitton, Chicago, 2; Marshal Yanda, Baltimore, 1; Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia, 1; Andrus Peat, New Orleans, 1; Brandon Scherff, Washington, 1.

Right Guard

David DeCastro, Pittsburgh, 32; Zack MartinDallas, 14; Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia, 3; Larry Warford, New Orleans, 1.

Center

Jason Kelce, Philadelphia, 18; Alex Mack, Atlanta, 10; Travis Frederick, Dallas, 8; Brandon Linder, Jacksonville, 5; Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh, 3; Rodney Hudson, Oakland, 2; Max Unger, New Orleans, 1.

Defense

Edge Rushers

Calais Campbell, Jacksonville, 34; Cameron Jordan, New Orleans, 25; Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas, 14; Everson Griffen, Minnesota, 17; Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers, 4; Khalil Mack, Oakland, 2; Brandon Graham, Philadelphia, 1; Chandler Jones, Arizona, 1; Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers, 1; Von Miller, Denver, 1.

Interior Linemen

Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams, 49; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh, 21; Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia, 11; Calais Campbell, Jacksonville, 10; Geno Atkins, Cincinnati, 4; Kawann Short, Carolina, 2; Damon Harrison, New York Giants 1; Ndamukong Suh, Miami, 1; Everson Griffen, Minnesota, 1.

Linebackers

Chandler Jones, Arizona, 41; Bobby Wagner, Seattle, 40; Luke Kuechly, Carolina, 30; Von Miller, Denver, 14; C.J. Mosley, Baltimore, 5; Telvin Smith, Jacksonville, 4; Deion Jones, Atlanta, 3; Sean Lee, Dallas, 3; Jadeveon Clowney, Houston, 2; Eric Kendricks, Minnesota, 2; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay, 2; Anthony Barr, Minnesota, 1; Demario Davis, New York Jets, 1; K.J. Wright, Seattle, 1; Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh, 1.

Cornerbacks

Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville, 29; Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota, 21; A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville, 18; Casey Hayward, Los Angeles Chargers, 12; Darius Slay, Detroit, 6; Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans, 6; Patrick Peterson, Arizona, 5; Aqib Talib, Denver, 2; Marcus Peters, Kansas City, 1.

Safeties

Harrison Smith, Minnesota, 45; Kevin Byard, Tennessee, 12; Earl Thomas, Seattle, 11; Micah Hyde, Buffalo, 9; Eric Weddle, Baltimore, 7; Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia, 4; Reshad Jones, Miami, 4; Landon Collins, New York Giants, 3; Keanu Neal, Atlanta, 2; Jordan Poyer, Buffalo, 1; Lamarcus Joyner, Los Angeles Rams, 1; Devin McCourty, New England, 1.

Defensive Back

Darius Slay, Detroit, 8; Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota, 6; Chris Harris Jr., Denver, 5; Kevin Byard, Tennessee, 4; Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans, 3; Casey Hayward, Los Angeles Chargers, 3; Patrick Peterson, Arizona, 3; Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville, 3; Eric Weddle, Baltimore, 2; TreDavious White, Buffalo, 2; Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia, 2; A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville, 2; Kyle Fuller, Chicago, 2; Earl Thomas, Seattle, 1; Micah Hyde, Buffalo, 1; Logan Ryan, Tennessee, 1; Patrick Robinson, Philadelphia, 1; Mike Hilton, Pittsburgh, 1.

Special Teams

Placekicker

Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams, 22; Justin Tucker, Baltimore, 15; Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh, 6; Robbie Gould, San Francisco, 4; Stephen Gostkowski, New England, 3.

Punter

Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams, 30; Brett Kern, Tennessee, 17; Sam Koch, Baltimore, 2; Shane Lechler, Houston, 1.

Kick Returner

Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams, 42; Tyler Lockett, Seattle, 6; Cordarrelle Patterson, Oakland, 1; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans, 1.

Punt Returner

Jamal Agnew, Detroit, 40; Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams, 6; Tyreek Hill, Kansas City, 3; Tarik Cohen, Chicago, 1.

Special Teamer

Budda Baker, Arizona, 30; Matthew Slater, New England, 6; Michael Thomas, Miami, 3; Nick Dzubnar, Los Angeles Chargers, 2; Jeff Janis, Green Bay, 2; Derrick Coleman, Atlanta, 2; Kamu Grugier-Hill, Philadelphia, 1; Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers, 1; Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams, 1; Marcus Sherels, Minnesota, 1; Cory Littleton, Los Angeles Rams, 1.

As always, please leave your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Aside from some obvious name picks (Slater), this appears to be one of the best AP teams I’ve seen. It makes me wonder how much today’s voters are influenced by all the internet scouting information available (PFF, BR1000, etc.), given that there’s no realistic way they can take the time to evaluate OL play while still doing the jobs that allow them to be AP voters in the first place.

    The voting system is clearly in need of reform, but the picks this year are refreshing.

  • JeremyDeShetler

    Not sure how they do the voting, but giving the voters a ballot with players at positions would be helpful. Maybe they made this change already, but the Khalil Mack situation from a couple years ago would be a good argument for this change. Also, I was looking for Redskins on here and I’m pretty sure Brandon Scherff has never lined up at LG…but he got a vote there.

    Also…some ranked choice voting for the Flex position might be a good idea. If the 1 voter for Gurley for Flex knew that Gurley was going to get the RB slot, he probably would have voted for someone else. Same as the 2 Gronk voters.

    Also…what’s up with the Defensive Back position? Is that just a 5th defensive back? It’s kind of strange to see Darius Slay getting it considering he was 5th in CBs. Voted behind Bouye and Hayward at his position, but he’s on the team due to the way they do the ballot?

    • Wolverine

      I am glad the AP system is way better than the Pro Bowl system as far as positions go (insofar as it acknowledges that hardly anyone uses fullbacks anymore, and that 3-4 and 4-3 OLB’s are completely different positions, etc). But as you point out, the Khalil Mack and AJ Bouye situations highlight some continued flaws. I hope they keep trying to tweak it.

      Having said that, I think Darius Slay is a worthy entry. He acquitted himself very well against a murderers row of #1 receivers (healthy Odell Beckham, Julio Jones. Thielen/Diggs, Michael Thomas, Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, AJ Green)…all while playing on a defense with one of the worst pass rushes in the league. (I will acknowledge I may be a little biased, given my rooting interests).

      • JeremyDeShetler

        I don’t have a problem with Darius Slay being in the conversation or making the team. It’s not on him that the flaws in the voting process put him on the team ahead of two players who received more votes.