2014 PFF All-Third Year Team

Showing well in their third season, these players from the 2012 draft form the All-Third Year Team.

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2014 PFF All-Third Year Team

2014-ALL-3RD-YRIn this week of singling out draft classes, we’re now turning our attention to the crop of 2012. The commonly held belief is that by Year 3 you get an idea of what you’re getting out of a player, so if you’re making this team then there’s a good chance the front office got it right.

As ever, we’ve got 22 players on offense and defense plus a selection of special teamers who made the cut. Lets’ see who.


Quarterback: Andrew Luck (IND)

It came down to Luck and Russell Wilson, with Luck a relatively comfortable choice with his more dynamic passing season. At times carrying the Colts offense, you wonder where they would be without him.

2014-ALL-3RDYR-INSET-millerRunning Back: Lamar Miller (MIA)

The Dolphins’ late-season struggles and just 216 carries meant that Miller didn’t get the attention he deserved. As it is he had the fifth-highest rushing grade of all running backs and a very healthy 5.1 yards attempt.

Fullback: Will Johnson (PIT)

You didn’t notice Johnson an awful lot which tends to be a good thing for a blocker with just 11 touches on the year.

Tight End: Dwayne Allen (IND)

He wasn’t quite at the level of his dominant rookie year, but after a season out and dealing with some lingering injuries there was still plenty of evidence as to why Allen is one of the most complete tight ends in the league.

Wide Receivers: T.Y. Hilton (IND) and Rueben Randle (NYG)

Part of the Colts’ stellar draft class, Hilton has developed into one of the premier deep threats in the league and a nightmare to cover. Randle edged out Alshon Jeffery whose seven penalties didn’t help, along with a fair bit of garbage time yardage.

2014-ALL-3RDYR-INSET-beachumTackles: Kelvin Beachum (PIT) and Mitchell Schwartz (CLE)

Whether by luck or design the Steelers have found their left tackle of the future and that man is Beachum, one of the better pass-blocking tackles in the league. On the right side there weren’t as many candidates with the solid Schwartz beating out the weaker in pass protection Bobby Massie.

Guards: Kelechi Osemele (BAL) and Brandon Brooks (HOU)

Part of a much improved Ravens line, Osemele has become a real road grader who can generate movement laterally and off the line of scrimmage. Brooks’ better run blocking meant he got the spot over Kevin Zeitler who himself had a very good year.

Center: David Molk (PHI)

Default selection time. Molk was poor in pass protection but the only center who played enough to qualify. That’s how it works sometimes.


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  • AJ

    I always give PFF the benefit of the doubt, but I’d like to see some explanation for choosing Brandon Marshall over Lavonte David. David was one of the best players at any position last season and still good this season. Marshall only played this season and though very good wasn’t as good as David was in 2013.

    • Riffle,Rod&Fly

      Brandon Marshall?

      • Bill

        Yeah the Linebacker

    • AC

      This isn’t a list for 2013. It’s 2014, and Marshall played better.

      • AJ

        Ah right, my mistake. I didn’t realize it was just for 2014. I thought it was for their entire 3-year careers.

  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    was hoping to see malik jackson’s name on here, highly underrated in media circles outside of denver

  • Tim Edell

    Rueben Randle over Alshon Jeffrey? Randle career 131 receptions, 1847 yds with 12 tds.. Jeffrey 198 receptions, 2921 yards, and 20 tds. Jeffrey is much more dominant player than the inconsistent Randle and im sure his 7 penalties this year doesn’t close the gap

    • Gordy

      The massive difference in their numbers from last year doesn’t count. All that matters is this year’s performance (where a lot of Jeffery’s numbers came in garbag time),). As a Bears fan, I can tell you that most in Chicago were very disappointed with Jeffery this season.

      • Tim Edell

        Most in Chicago were not disappointed at all in Jeffery.. You catch 85 passes for 1100 + yds and 10 tds with below average QB play you had a heckuva year

  • Chris

    Disappointing not to see Zeitler on here. He was the best pass blocking guard in this class and was a very capable run blocker as well. And while his grade (+17.2) is less than Brooks (+18.7), Zeitler did it in only 12 games compared to Brooks 15. Zeitler had the per-snap edge.

  • Mike

    Curious how close was Buffalo LB Nigel Bradham to making this list. He didn’t even get a shout-out…? Dude played extraordinarily well this year (starting 14 games, strong against the run and pass) for the #4 overall D in the league.

    • Chris

      That’s because they included all the LBs in the same category, no separate rankings for 4-3 OLB, 3-4 OLB, and MLB.

      Bradham was the 4th best 4-3 OLB for his draft class, right behind Irvin, who I don’t think deserved to make this list.

  • RA

    Bobby Wagner being snubbed is a joke.

  • Jacob B.

    The “All X-Year” classes have been a nice feature. I like my Packers getting Daniels on this list, he has been a beast for the last few seasons, and all Hayward needs is more playing time (something that perplexes me quite a bit on gameday)

    However: Dang, I wish the Packers had drafted an ILB in this draft. That is a monster group.

  • will

    I would take Kendall Wright over TY or Randle. He had worse stats than Hilton but he is faster, has better hands and is one of the most elusive players in the league after the catch. He played with terrible quarterbacks in 2014, but I think it’s safe to say he’s the best talent of the 2012 class of WR’s.

  • NAJ

    No Matt Kalil? (lol jk)

  • Matthole

    This site doesn’t like seattle… Clearly…