PFF’s All-Pro Team through Week 4

For a majority of the NFL, the first quarter of the season has passed. See which players made our All-Pro Team through Week 4.

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(AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

(AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

PFF’s All-Pro Team through Week 4


Can you believe a quarter of the season (for all but two teams) is in the books? As always, we’ve been watching every player, on every play, of every game; with that information, we feel it’s time to unleash our All-Pro Team through Week 4.

Quarterback: Carson Palmer (Cardinals)

It was close, and it’s arguable that if Big Ben didn’t get hurt, he was in pole position. But he did, and it opened the door for Palmer to squeeze through in front of Rodgers. He’s worked wonders behind a line that isn’t always the most helpful.

Honorable Mentions: Aaron Rodgers (Packers), Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers), and Tom Brady (Patriots)

Running back: Chris Ivory (Jets)

The effort of Ivory against the Dolphins propelled him onto this list, where he was at his bruising best. No running back has a higher grade rushing the ball, and only one (Carlos Hyde) has forced more missed tackles.

Honorable mentions: Carlos Hyde (49ers) and Giovanni Bernard (Bengals)

Fullback: Patrick DiMarco (Falcons)

DiMarco has been so much better than his peers, there is no need for any honorable mentions.

Tight end: Rob Gronkowski (Patriots)

Despite playing one fewer game than most of his peers (New England had a bye in Week 4), Gronk still has a grade nearly three times better than anyone other tight end.

Honorable mentions: Tyler Eifert (Bengals)

Wide receivers: Julio Jones (Falcons) and Antonio Brown (Steelers)

These two may be coming off quiet weeks, but such was their sustained brilliance through the first three games of the year. They’re head and shoulders above our wide receiver rankings.

Honorable mentions: Steve Smith (Ravens) and James Jones (Packers)

Slot receiver: Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)

Redemption, thy name is Fitzgerald. He looked like his best years may be behind him after last season, but nothing has been further from the case in 2015. It’s telling that Carson Palmer has a 154.9 rating when throwing the ball his way.

Honorable Mentions: Randall Cobb (Packers)

Tackles: Joe Thomas (Browns) and Sebastian Vollmer (Patriots)

This isn’t the year Joe Thomas takes a step backwards, and if any one player in the NFL can be described as a constant, it’s the immoveable Thomas. On the right side, there is a gulf between Vollmer and every other right tackle. If it feels like that sentence has been written before, it’s because it has.

Honorable mentions: Terron Armstead (Saints) and Andrew Whitworth (Bengals)

Guards: Gabe Jackson (Raiders) and Marshal Yanda (Ravens)

The Raiders look like they’ve hit the jackpot with Jackson, who could be developing into one of the best guards in the league if his first four games of his sophomore season are anything to go by. The Ravens already know they’ve hit the jackpot with Yanda. He’ll go down as one of the best lineman of his generation, and his start to 2015 does nothing to harm that.

Honorable mentions: Ramon Foster (Steelers), Richie Incognito (Bills), and Clint Boling (Bengals)

Center: Ryan Kalil (Panthers)

It hasn’t been the best start to the year for centers across the league, but Kalil has done enough in the run game to warrant bragging rights amongst his peers.

Honorable mentions: Mike Pouncey (Dolphins)

Turn the page for defense and special teams

  • Brit

    How can you leave Dallas Thomas and Jamil Douglas off the list of top guards? They both seem destined for the Hall of Fame.

    • Jacob Furness

      Gut instinct tells me you’re a Dolphins fan.

      • Lord Father

        like i dont even know those players lmao

  • Joobiliah

    Robb quinn

  • Jason Williams

    how bad could the bears be if not for pernell mcphee.

    • Brian Dugan

      I’m a Packers fan living in Chicago and it was absurd listening to sports talk Chicago radio talk about him like he was a bust already because he didn’t have a sack yet. Dude is an all around legit player. He’s definitely 1 of the current Bears that can be built around.

      • David J. Kubik

        You must have been listen to 670 The Score, they suck, ESPN 1000 they were saying how good he has been, and they want to see some sacks, (this was before week 2) but they looked him.

      • David J. Kubik

        You must have been listen to 670 The Score, they suck, ESPN 1000 they were saying how good he has been, and they want to see some sacks, (this was before week 2) but they looked him.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Announcing your a Packer fan living in Chicago is like the movie scene where Bruce Willis wears a sandwich board in Harlem proclaiming he hates blacks….not the smartest idea. You should consider moving to Green Bay or investing in body armor.

        • SeattleSteve

          Die Hard 3 is the best one tbh.

    • Brian Dugan

      I’m a Packers fan living in Chicago and it was absurd listening to sports talk Chicago radio talk about him like he was a bust already because he didn’t have a sack yet. Dude is an all around legit player. He’s definitely 1 of the current Bears that can be built around.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Now Jason don’t you be giving those geniuses in the front office any ideas. As soon as a Bears player starts to earn some respect around the league the owners start looking for ways to pay him less.

  • Matt

    If Ivory is the top graded rusher, why is he not on the Top 10 RB’s list running on your front page? Just curious… maybe I’m missing something?

    • a57se

      This is PFF where the analysis ignores the grades.

      • bobrulz

        Or where the overall rankings are based on 2 full seasons worth of play while this article is based on this season only.

    • Randy

      Top list is an average over the past 2-3 season I believe. Not just 4 games like this list is.

    • James Cox

      It looks like they haven’t updated those lists in weeks

    • Biebs

      I was going to comment on this too, it seems like an odd disconnect

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      those are based off the last 32 games

  • Tim Edell

    Carlos Hyde honorable mention??? Since his big game week 1 vs the Vikings he’s accumulated 13-43 15-51 and 8-20.

    • Matthew Allen

      Maybe watch the games instead of just looking at the stat lines.

      • Tim Edell

        What in the last 3 games clown has led you to believe he’s one of the top 3 backs in the NFL so far this season?? Or haven’t you watched the games??!!?

        • Brandon Purdy

          He has no blocking. Stats shows production not execution.

      • SeattleSteve

        The Packer’s pathetic defense shut down Hyde… dude had one game.

        • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2844586/ JJSamurai

          But isn’t it more fun to watch the numbers and stats than to actially watch the game? lol.

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      stats don’t matter, he has the most forced missed tackles. his blocking is to blame for those stats

  • Patrick Mitchell

    How is Travis Benjamin not even a honorable mention at punt returner? Grades??

  • Eric Glue

    “McManus is perfect on the year, and three-of-three from over 50 yards.”

    The same is true of All-Pro Steven Hauschka. 10 of 10 on FGs, vs. 9 of 9 for McManus, with FGs of 51, 52, and 54 yards. I don’t know how you guys keep giving him negative grades, but I’m sure you will come up with someway to justify it. “His 54 yarder was wobbly, blah blah blah.”

  • Jack Wambaugh

    4 cards that’s what I like to see

    • crosseyedlemon

      I’d make Larry Fitzgerald the captain of the team if I were the coach.

  • Nik Hildebrand

    I’m predicting that there will be more Jets on this list by week 8 (assuming PFF makes another one then).

    • turk

      Then stay out of Vegas.

      • Nik Hildebrand

        If I unexpectedly visit the US in the next few weeks, I’ll be sure to avoid Vegas (a place in which I have no interest at all).

    • crosseyedlemon

      I won’t predict there will be more Bears on this list by week 8 but I will bravely suggest that Jay Cutler manages to earn a better grade than the team mascot.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I won’t predict there will be more Bears on this list by week 8 but I will bravely suggest that Jay Cutler manages to earn a better grade than the team mascot.

  • crosseyedlemon

    Good choices for the team but doesn’t every team need a head coach as well as an offensive and defensive co-coordinator? Who gets those spots?

  • BITW44

    How do i view your premium stats? it says no new subscriptions being offered? This site is great but i want to be able to see more stats and grades then what you provide in the articles

  • enai D

    Yes, we can now openly acknowledge that Harrison Smith is the best safety in the NFL.

  • enai D

    Yes, we can now openly acknowledge that Harrison Smith is the best safety in the NFL.

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      agreed

    • Vitor

      Until last year I regreted to admit anyone was better than Weddle, but Smith changed that this season

      • enai D

        Yeah it isn’t even a knock against Weddle to say that at this point- Weddle is still a flat out stud. It more speaks to how much of a monster Harrison Smith has turned into.

        • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2844586/ JJSamurai

          I would put cwood in the honorable mention conversation.

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    • brocklanders

      Smith is nowhere near the best safety in the league…. It’s hilarious that PFF is putting that out there! It’s almost as funny as them make Robert Blanton one of the top performing defensive players on the Vikings last season!

      • MorganW

        or Mariani the best returner? Lockett has that one in the bag. I’m a Bears fan and even I can’t agree with that one.

      • enai D

        Lol, I see that you haven’t a clue what you’re talking about. Cute of you to comment nonetheless- thanks for the laugh.

      • enai D

        Lol, I see that you haven’t a clue what you’re talking about. Cute of you to comment nonetheless- thanks for the laugh.

  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    not sure how D-ware, the 2nd highest graded edge rusher, isn’t even an honorable mention here

  • billy bob

    I seriously have no clue how you can say with a straight face that Carson Palmer has been better than Aaron Rodgers this year.

    • Sincerely Rude

      PFF is on that haterade man. Carson Palmer over Rodgers C’MON Man.

    • ThinkerT

      Because it isn’t just raw stats. I seriously have no clue how you can say with a straight face that they’re wrong without knowing their methodology and everything they take into consideration.

  • Anonymous

    No Darrelle Revis? He’s second in Passer Rating against (marginally behind Norman), has 5 takeaways, hasn’t given up a TD, has dramatically altered the Jets defense (just as he did in NE last year), and follows guys around when the Jets feel like the other team has someone worth following (TY, Jarvis).

    Is it out of boredom from excellence they don’t put him on this list? Or because Darby is a “bigger surprise”, but even if that’s the case, not even an honorable mention?