2014 PFF All-Pro Team
The PFF team got together to select their 2014 All-Pro team. There were easy choices as well as tough ones that were hard-fought, but in the end this is the ...
2014 PFF All-Pro Team
The 2014 Regular Season is in the books and as ever we’ve watched every player, on every play, of every game. That means we feel uniquely qualified to give credit where it’s due, so we take a lot of pride in our awards week.
And what better way than to kick off this week of praise and adulation with the 2014 PFF All-Pro team. Who made the list? Let’s find out…
Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers (GB)
Second Team: Ben Roethlisbeger (PIT)
Rodgers was a true consensus pick with another impressive year, marshalling the prolific Packers offense and leading the PFF passer rankings. It was tougher picking the second team but not by much, with an underrated year by Roethlisberger seeing him lead the league in yards as he guided the Steelers to the postseason.
Honorable Mention: Tony Romo (DAL), Drew Brees (NO) and Tom Brady (NE)
Running Back: Le’Veon Bell (PIT)
Second Team: Marshawn Lynch (SEA)
It was any two from three here, but in the end when we isolated the play of the backs from their offensive lines it was Murray who just missed out. Ultimately, we liked the all-around ability of Bell and the ability of Lynch to make something out of nothing (league-leading 101 forced missed tackles).
Honorable Mention: DeMarco Murray (DAL) and Eddie Lacy (GB)
Fullback: Anthony Sherman (KC)
Second Team: Bruce Miller (SF)
Two on the bounce for Sherman who continues to prove an inspired pickup. The top-ranked fullback might not contribute a lot with the ball in his hand, but his blocking sets him apart.
Honorable Mention: Henry Hynoski (NYG)
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski (NE)
Second Team: Greg Olsen (CAR)
Was there an easier pick here? Gronkowski is the biggest difference-maker at tight end and it shows with how much better the Patriots’ offense is with him on the field. In the second spot, Olsen has gone about his business and proved an extremely valuable target, as evidenced by the first 1,000-yard season of his career.
Honorable Mention: Jason Witten (DAL)
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown (PIT), Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) and Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)
Second Team: Dez Bryant (DAL), Randall Cobb (GB) and Jordy Nelson (GB)
We’ve added a special spot for a slot receiver, and that means Sanders gets a first-team nod even if overall we preferred the season of Bryant. The year of Beckham Jr. amazes for a number of reasons, but the sheer consistency of his play and the production that followed (even missing four games) pushed him into the first team. Brown isn’t a physical freak but now has back-to-back years with our highest receiving grade.
Honorable Mention: Demaryius Thomas (DEN) and Julio Jones (ATL)
Tackles: Jason Peters, LT (PHI) and Lane Johnson, RT (PHI)
Second Team: Andrew Whitworth, LT (CIN) and Sebastian Vollmer, RT (NE)
It hurts to leave one out after Peters as Whitworth and Joe Thomas all had remarkable years. In the end, Thomas slowed at the end of the season and that allowed Peters (the most impactful run blocker) and Whitworth (who allowed just nine hurries all year) to win out. The level of play at right tackle wasn’t quite as high, but Johnson deserves a lot of credit for turning his 12 games into an All-Pro effort.
Honorable Mention: Joe Thomas (CLE) and Ricky Wagner (BAL)
Guards: Joel Bitonio, LG (CLE) and Marshal Yanda, RG (BAL)
Second Team: Kelechi Osemele, LG (BAL) and T.J. Lang, RG (GB)
It’s not often a rookie linemen will swoop in and earn a first-team spot, but the excellent Bitonio was just that guy. He proved to be a home run hit from Week 1 and a legit Offensive Rookie of the Year contender. Yanda on the other side, had as good a season as any linemen, even when he had to kick out to right tackle. His excellence is accepted now, but no less impressive than it has been in his stellar career.
Honorable Mention: Josh Sitton (GB), Zack Martin (DAL), Brandon Brooks (HOU) and Kevin Zeitler (CIN)
Center: Nick Mangold (NYJ)
Second Team: Travis Frederick (DAL)
Back to his best and back in the PFF All-Pro team, Mangold may have ended the season on Injured Reserve, but his 1,000 snaps where an exhibition in excellence. Here’s hoping he can come back just as strong from injury. Frrederick was a consensus second-teamer, fantastic in the run game but needs to do better in pass pro to move up a team.
Honorable Mention: Rodney Hudson (KC)