PFF’s Midseason All-Pro Team
With the season reaching the mid-way point, this team represents the best we've seen through 2013's first half.
PFF’s Midseason All-Pro Team
Nine weeks into the season seems as good a time as any to unveil our Mid Season All Pro team.
Unlike a lot of places we’re not going on what the box scores tell us or on the reputation players have. We’re not concerned with what people might think because in our method we trust and we take pride in having four sets of eyes (at least) on every snap of every game.
So sit back and enjoy.
Quarterback: Peyton Manning, DEN (+22.3)
Was there ever any doubt? Sure Manning hasn’t played nearly as well in his last three starts as his first eight, but he’s still ahead of the chasing pack. We’ll guarantee this though and that’s if he doesn’t find some of that early season form then come the end of the year someone else be in his place.
Second Team: Philip Rivers (SD)
Running Back: LeSean McCoy, PHI (+14.4)
He leads the league in rushing, has forced 39 missed tackles and tops our rushing rankings at his position. Still, after a strong start to the year, he needs to do more than he has done recently to hold off the challenge.
Second Team: Marshawn Lynch (SEA)
Fullback: Anthony Sherman, KC (+13.3)
The only man who looks like vaguely challenging Sherman is Collin “The Moonster” Mooney of the Titans, but with just 106 snaps he’s got some work to do. Instead Sherman has quietly become the most reliable fullback in the league. We did not see that coming after his exploits in Arizona.
Second Team: Mike Tolbert (CAR)
Tight End: Vernon Davis, SF (+9.4)
Davis separated himself from the pack because unlike the other two contenders he can block. So that left a fight between Gonzalez and Graham for the last spot. After much discussion, Graham and his ability to get into the end zone wins the day despite the quite frankly ridiculous attention that Gonzalez is receiving right now.
Second Team: Jimmy Graham (NO)
Wide Receivers: Calvin Johnson, DET (+14.9) and Andre Johnson, HOU (+15.8)
The Johnson boys have cemented their union as our first-team pairing with two incredible strong performances in their last game. For Andre that pushed him to the top of our receiver rankings, marginally ahead of Calvin who might rue missing some time hurt in his quest to rewrite the record books.
Second Team: Jordy Nelson (GB) and Antonio Brown (PIT)
Tackles: Joe Thomas, CLE (+15.3) and Doug Free, DAL (+12.9)
In choosing a left tackle we wanted a guy who excelled in pass protection above all else. With five sacks allowed it meant turning away from our top-ranked Nate Solder and instead looking at the always reliable Thomas who has coped extremely well with some quarterbacks not afraid to hold onto the ball. The right side was an even trickier selection after Sebastian Vollmer went down on injured reserve. While the play of Zach Strief and the transformation in Tyler Polumbus warrant mentioning, it was Free who got the nod even after his worst performance of the year.
Second Team: Trent Williams (WAS) and Tyler Polumbus (WAS)
Guards: Evan Mathis, PHI (+27.9) and Louis Vasquez, DEN (+15.2)
Is there any stopping Evan Mathis? It looks like he’ll get our All Pro nod for the third consecutive year as he maintains his excellent form since becoming an Eagle. Vasquez, who also filled in at right tackle successfully, has proved worth the money Denver paid for him and then some. He’s given up just four hurries all year. On the second string, DeCastro picked himself but the standard of guard play made picking a left guard somewhat less appealing.
Second Team: David DeCasto (PIT) and Kory Lichtensteiger (WAS)
Center: Chris Myers, HOU (+15.5)
Comfortably our top-ranked center, Myers hasn’t set the world alight but he has continued to generate movement to open up running lanes. He may never be the best pass blocking center, but he’s good enough that you can live with it.
Second Team: Manny Ramirez (DEN)
Turn to Page 2 for the defense and special teams…