Midseason All-Pro Team
Assembling the best of 2014's first half, Khaled Elsayed offers the PFF Midseason All-Pro Team.
Midseason All-Pro Team
It’s not about stats. It’s not about who has the best highlight reel. It’s about who, play to play, have been the best players.
That’s the ethos behind our Midseason All-Pro Team, wanting to give back to the players who have made the first nine weeks of the NFL season enjoyable. Whether you’re a first-year undrafted free agent or a veteran with 10 Pro Bowls on your CV, you’re measured the same.
So with that in mind let’s introduce our Midseason All-Pro Team.
Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
Pulled away from the competition with his performances in the past two weeks, but this is Roethlisberger at his best. His playmaking has never been in doubt but he’s doing all the little things well and it’s adding up to a tremendous season.
Honorable Mention: Aaron Rodgers (GB) and Tom Brady (NE)
Running Back: DeMarco Murray (DAL)
His fumbles aren’t great and we’d like more in the passing game, but this is the running back spot and no-one has been anywhere near as effective as Murray in that regard. His +11.9 rushing grade dwarves that of Lynch (+6.5) in second spot.
Honorable Mention: Marshawn Lynch (SEA) and Le’Veon Bell (PIT)
Fullback: Anthony Sherman (KC)
Proving himself no one year wonder, Sherman is poised to repeat his breakthrough 2013 season where he earned an All Pro nod from our good selves.
Honorable Mention: Jerome Felton (MIN)
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski (NE)
Slowly worked his way back from injury before exploding these past three weeks in a fit of Gronktastic rage. There isn’t another tight end like him in the league and it’s great to see him healthy.
Honorable Mention: Jason Witten (DAL) and Martellus Bennett (CHI)
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown (PIT) and T.Y. Hilton (IND)
It’s no surprise to see Brown here. He might not be the physical specimen some look for but he’s been as good as any receiver in the league for a while now. Hilton is more of a surprise, elevating his game to a whole new level.
Honorable Mention: Jordy Nelson (GB), Demaryius Thomas (DEN) and Jeremy Maclin (PHI)
Tackles: Joe Thomas (CLE) and Ricky Wagner (BAL)
Five years after Joe Thomas retires someone better start preparing their induction speech for him, because he’s Hall of Fame bound. His performance has never slipped and this year is no different with him owning the best pass blocking and run blocking grade of any tackle. Wagner is the surprise and was really the only right tackle we considered. His +13.7 grade has him streaks ahead of Marcus Gilbert (+6.2) in second.
Honorable Mention: Jason Peters (PHI), Branden Albert (MIA) and Andrew Whitworth (CIN)
Guards: Josh Sitton (GB) and Marshal Yanda (BAL)
Two of the most respected guards in the league sit one and two in our guard rankings on the year. Yanda has had some difficulties (by his standards) in pass protections but his run blocking has been a delight to watch. Sitton can’t claim to have that kind of impact in the run game, but he’s near unbeatable when Aaron Rodgers drops back from center.
Honorable Mention: Kelechi Osemele (BAL), Zack Martin (DAL) and Joel Bitonio (CLE)
Center: Nick Mangold (NYJ)
Whether it injury or being replaced by the incumbent starter, Mangold has seen all challengers drop out of the race leaving him a very obvious pick at center. He is back to his best after a shaky 2013.