AP announces 2017 All-Pro teams

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The Associated Press has announced this year’s selections for their All-Pro team and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was the easiest selection for the voters.

Brown was this year’s only unanimous selection to the first team. It is the fourth straight year that Brown, who had 101 catches for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns, has made the first team and he also has one second team selection.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was also voted to the first team, earning him $2.5 million in contract incentives. Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell‘s strong season was recognized by selection to the first team as an edge rusher and the second team as an interior lineman. Rams wide receiver Pharoh Cooper also made both teams for his work as a kickoff and punt returner while Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes was  voted to the first team as a corner and the second team as a defensive back.

Two rookies were selected to the first team on the basis of their special teams work. Jamal Agnew of the Lions is the punt returner and Cardinals safety Budda Baker was chosen as the top special teams player. Saints running back Alvin Kamara made the second team offense.

The entire first and second teams are below:

First Team Offense

Quarterback – Tom Brady, Patriots

Running Back – Todd Gurley, Rams

Flex – Le’Veon Bell, Steelers

Tight End – Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

Wide Receivers – Antonio Brown, Steelers; DeAndre Hopkins, Texans

Left Tackle – Andrew Whitworth, Rams

Right Tackle – Lane Johnson, Eagles

Left Guard – Andrew Norwell, Panthers

Right Guard – David DeCastro, Steelers

Center – Jason Kelce, Eagles

First Team Defense

Edge Rushers – Calais Campbell, Jaguars; Cameron Jordan, Saints

Interior Linemen – Aaron Donald, Rams; Cam Heyward, Steelers

Linebackers – Chandler Jones, Cardinals; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seahawks

Cornerbacks – Jalen Ramsey, Jaguars; Xavier Rhodes, Vikings

Safeties – Kevin Byard, Titans; Harrison Smith, Vikings

Defensive Back – Darius Slay, Lions

First Team Special Teams

Punter – Johnny Hekker, Rams

Kicker – Greg Zuerlein, Rams

Kick Returner – Pharoh Cooper, Rams

Returner – Jamal Agnew, Lions

Special Teamer – Budda Baker, Cardinals

Second Team Offense

Quarterback – Carson Wentz, Eagles

Running Back – Le’Veon Bell, Steelers

Flex – Alvin Kamara, Saints

Tight End – Travis Kelce, Chiefs

Wide Receivers – Julio Jones, Falcons; Adam Thielen, Vikings

Left Tackle – David Bakhtiari, Packers

Right Tackle – Mitchell Schwartz, Chiefs, and Daryl Williams, Panthers

Left Guard – Rodger Saffold, Rams

Right Guard – Zach Martin, Cowboys

Center – Alex Mack, Falcons

Second Team Defense

Edge Rushers – Everson Griffen, Vikings; DeMarcus Lawrence, Cowboys

Interior Linemen – Fletcher Cox, Eagles; Calais Campbell, Jaguars

Linebackers – Von Miller, Broncos; C.J. Mosley, Ravens; Telvin Smith, Jaguars

Cornerbacks – Casey Hayward, Chargers; A. J. Bouye, Jaguars

Safeties – Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Micah Hyde, Bills

Defensive Back – Xavier Rhodes, Vikings

Second Team Special Teams

Punter – Brett Kern, Titans

Placekicker – Justin Tucker, Ravens

Kick Returner – Tyler Lockett, Seahawks

Punt Returner – Pharoh Cooper, Rams

Special Teamer – Matthew Slater, Patriots

64 responses to “AP announces 2017 All-Pro teams

  1. How has Xavier Rhodes made the first and second team All-Pro?

    Also… so chuffed for Harrison Smith finally getting the notice and credit he so richly deserves.

  2. Good for Byard & H Smith. Maybe the 2 best safeties in the league (shoutout to E Thomas) & got snubbed for Pro Bowl. But both get 1st team All Pro. Obviously we all know the Pro Bowl is a joke but this just further proves it.

  3. So….Harrison Smith of the Vikings was selected First-Team All-Pro, as one of the two best safeties in the entire NFL
    Yet wasn’t selected to the Pro Bowl in the NFC??

    Lol
    Harrison Smith will be one of the finalists for DOP and is a stud defender

  4. Quarterback – Tom Brady, Patriots

    Brady – 47 votes
    Wentz – 2 votes
    Wilson – 1 vote

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    Anyone still doubt Brady is MVP? LOL.

  5. chiefsfolife says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Gronk over Kelce although Kelce’s stats were better overall. Yeah, okay. This stuff is a joke!
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    Gronk is a 10 out of 10 as a Tight End blocker whereas Kelce is barely a 7. The game is more than just individual stats.

  6. chiefsfolife says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    Gronk over Kelce although Kelce’s stats were better overall. Yeah, okay. This stuff is a joke!

    —.

    Get over
    Gronk is better
    Better pass catcher
    Better blocker

  7. Harrison Smith is first team All Pro, but doesn’t make the Pro Bowl. This is all the proof I need that the Pro Bowl is officially a joke. Shut it down.

  8. Punter – Brett Kern, Titans


    Yeah. Any punter that can nail an average of 0.3 yards short of 50 yards a punt the whole season… that’s impressive.

  9. chiefsfolife says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    NFL’s leading rusher didn’t make the All-Pro squad. Good call guys!
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    No doubt Hunt was solid this year but the guy got 75% of his all purpose yards in like 5 games and then disappeared, along with most of the Chiefs, during their putrid mid season slide. He got back on track toward the end and helped them grab the division but he was not as impactful as Gurley, Bell or Kamara on the season as a whole.

  10. chiefsfolife says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    Gronk over Kelce although Kelce’s stats were better overall. Yeah, okay. This stuff is a joke!

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    Gronk is a road grader as a blocker, Kelce, not so much. Kelce is a big receiver, not a true tight end.

  11. chiefsfolife says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    Gronk over Kelce although Kelce’s stats were better overall.
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    They are? Gronk had more yards, more first downs, and more yards per catch and means a lot more to the Patriots offense than Kelce does to the Chiefs.

    Gronk is the better TE anyway, period.

  12. chiefsfolife says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    Gronk over Kelce although Kelce’s stats were better overall. Yeah, okay. This stuff is a joke!
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    Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, would rank Kelce ahead of Gronk.

  13. Wentz was better than Brady this year, anyone with eyes could clearly see that despite what the Pat’s homers want you to believe.

    Wentz is also more important to his teams success than Brady is to the Pat’s. That is what defines a true MVP.

  14. If you offered Andy Reid Gronkowski for Kelce, Reid would help Kelce pack his bags. Gronkowski blocks like an offensive lineman. The fastest 6 foot 6 270 pound guy not in the NBA.

    He is not a Kelce or Jimmy Graham TEINO – Tight End In Name Only because you have to put a position by his name on the roster.

  15. scmems07 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    Wentz was better than Brady this year, anyone with eyes could clearly see that despite what the Pat’s homers want you to believe.

    Wentz is also more important to his teams success than Brady is to the Pat’s. That is what defines a true MVP.
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    No need to insult my friend. I agree he was better, for the first 13 games. Unfortunately the season didnt stop there giving Brady 3 more games to amass additional stats and wins, such as life.

  16. Getting voted 1st and 2nd team makes absolute zero since. Your either 1, 2, or not. And getting 2 different positions is silly too. Do disrespect Calais but they should change the category to defensive line man.

  17. chiefsfolife says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    Gronk over Kelce although Kelce’s stats were better overall. Yeah, okay. This stuff is a joke!
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    Kelce’s basically a Wide Receiver. Can’t block for snot either. Gronkowski is “The Total Package”.

  18. Me thinks Ryan Kerrigan got snubbed for AP. Only Chandler Jones had more sacks at OLB. Plus Kerrigan had an int for a TD and 3 forced fumbles. He definitely outplayed Von Miller who only bested him by 10 tackles

  19. They should have ‘slot corner’ as a position. I loved Rhodes as a prospect and have been proved correct but I’ve only seen him play the slot. So why is he listed as 1st team as a CB and 2nd as a DB?

    What does DB mean (outside of the obvious)? Does it mean a guy who plays both a lot and therefore has no chance at winning CB, like DRC?

    Or call it the ‘nickel back’. Most teams play in that formation a majority of the game (plus dime) anyway. A true slot guy should get the designation. Rhodes is a great CB and got the recognition he deserved as a 1st team Pro Bowler. Fix the other part, please.

  20. I see many people still don’t understand the difference between a fact and opinion.

    The suggestion that person X is more important to team Y is purely opinion and can’t be factually proven. The least one could do is list their own personal argument for the opinion they are pushing on a discussion thread. That would really help your causes.

  21. Xavier Rhodes is so good he apparently not only made the first defensive team, but also the second team as well. Rhodes Closed!

  22. Seriously children, if you’re saying that the Pro Bowl is a joke, you have obviously been under a rock the past 25 yrs. Pro Bowl has always been a joke. This is nothing new. Once you let fans vote on things, you can throw all legitimacy and or fairness out the window.

  23. Rhodes only a slot? What were YOU watching? He covers every team’s #1 WR, wherever they go. The only time he doesn’t is if they ARE a slot WR, then he takes the team’s best wideout one on one.

  24. Wentz is also more important to his teams success than Brady is to the Pat’s. That is what defines a true MVP.

    Wendy’s was more important based on what?

    The eagles finessed 3rd in the league in team rushing
    The Patriots finished 10th

    The Patriots finished 2nd in team passing
    The eagles finished 7th

    Now of course this doesn’t take into account specific game situations
    But again more important based on what?

  25. scmems07 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    Wentz was better than Brady this year, anyone with eyes could clearly see that despite what the Pat’s homers want you to believe.

    And when Wentz got injured Brady had more passing yards and a higher QB rating, Wentz had a couple more TD passes.

    So he was “better” based on what?

  26. whodatalien says:
    January 5, 2018 at 2:35 pm
    harrison smith has gotta be the most overrated dback since brandon browner

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    You’ve either never watched him play, have no idea what you’re talking about OR both! Anyone who know anything about football knows he deserves to be 1st Team All Pro and has for few years now!

  27. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:04 pm
    Quarterback – Tom Brady, Patriots

    Brady – 47 votes
    Wentz – 2 votes
    Wilson – 1 vote

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    Anyone still doubt Brady is MVP? LOL.
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    Todd Gurley

  28. whodatalien says:
    January 5, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    harrison smith has gotta be the most overrated dback since brandon browner

    ÷÷÷÷÷

    You don’t watch much football, do you? Either that or you are a disgruntled Packer fan.

  29. SeeYouNextTuesday says:
    January 5, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    Todd Gurley


    Gurley had an amazing season. Without him, the Rams wouldn’t be where they are today.

    But MVP is usually a QB award and there’s a good reason for that. I can see Gurley getting it if there was no QB worthy of the award or if Gurley made history. But Brady is worthy. He put up MVP numbers. And if you don’t think so, look at Peyton Manning’s MVP numbers from 2008.

    It will probably be close but Brady takes it. Gurley gets OPOY.

  30. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:21 pm
    chiefsfolife says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    NFL’s leading rusher didn’t make the All-Pro squad. Good call guys!
    ———
    No doubt Hunt was solid this year but the guy got 75% of his all purpose yards in like 5 games and then disappeared, along with most of the Chiefs, during their putrid mid season slide. He got back on track toward the end and helped them grab the division but he was not as impactful as Gurley, Bell or Kamara on the season as a whole.
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    The fact that he won the rushing title despite the “putrid mid season slide” should have acted in his favor. His exclusion is a legit snub, IMO.

  31. I know kickers don’t matter but when you have a place kicker that leads the league in field goal percentage and leads the league in touchback percentage maybe he should be considered for all-pro. His name is Gano but but because he does not have a recognized name he is overlooked.

  32. blogatron2000 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    xxsweepthelegxx says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:21 pm
    chiefsfolife says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    NFL’s leading rusher didn’t make the All-Pro squad. Good call guys!
    ———
    No doubt Hunt was solid this year but the guy got 75% of his all purpose yards in like 5 games and then disappeared, along with most of the Chiefs, during their putrid mid season slide. He got back on track toward the end and helped them grab the division but he was not as impactful as Gurley, Bell or Kamara on the season as a whole.
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    The fact that he won the rushing title despite the “putrid mid season slide” should have acted in his favor. His exclusion is a legit snub, IMO.

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    Both Gurley and Lev Bell sat the last game. Gurley alone sat 10 quarters (!) over a full season. It wouldn’t have been close if Gurley was needed in the fourth quarter of those games.

  33. scmems07 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    Wentz was better than Brady this year, anyone with eyes could clearly see that despite what the Pat’s homers want you to believe.

    Wentz is also more important to his teams success than Brady is to the Pat’s. That is what defines a true MVP.

    ———————————

    He played 13 games. If he played a full season he probably would have won. But instead you’re comparing 13/16 of Wentz plus 3/16 of Foles (who was forced to play because Wentz got himself injured) and the total is not as good as Brady

  34. Complaining is easy, but how many of us watched every single game? I didn’t. Instead of complaining, I’ll tell you what I liked about the voting. Antonio Brown was the only consensus pick. How can anyone argue with that? The gap between the best WR in football and the 2nd best WR is probably bigger than any other position. It’s like watching a man playing against boys. Of course, Big Ben is putting those balls on target, but Brown does so much after the catch too.

  35. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:04 pm
    Quarterback – Tom Brady, Patriots

    Brady – 47 votes
    Wentz – 2 votes
    Wilson – 1 vote

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    Anyone still doubt Brady is MVP? LOL.

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    Why is that funny or are you a teenage girl lol.

  36. I rated Luke Kuechly as a better MLB than Bobby Wagner. Too bad they are both on the first team. They don’t distinguish between OLB and MLB even though they are very different positions, as different as cornerback and safety

  37. flviking says:
    January 5, 2018 at 6:11 pm
    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:04 pm
    Quarterback – Tom Brady, Patriots

    Brady – 47 votes
    Wentz – 2 votes
    Wilson – 1 vote

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    Anyone still doubt Brady is MVP? LOL.

    /////////////////////////

    Why is that funny or are you a teenage girl lol.
    —-
    U mad? 🙂 Lol

  38. laurinaitis4mvp55 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 5:29

    Both Gurley and Lev Bell sat the last game. Gurley alone sat 10 quarters (!) over a full season. It wouldn’t have been close if Gurley was needed in the fourth quarter of those games.

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    Yep, Hunt did play during week 17. One carry. Thirty five TD. Then he sat, like Bell and Gurley.

  39. So 3-4 defensive ends can qualify as both edge rushers and as interior linemen while 4-3 OLB’s can qualify as edge rushers and linebackers? I think they need to fine tune that.

  40. laurinaitis4mvp55 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 5:29

    Both Gurley and Lev Bell sat the last game. Gurley alone sat 10 quarters (!) over a full season. It wouldn’t have been close if Gurley was needed in the fourth quarter of those games.
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    Woulda, shoulda, coulda = speculation. Hunt played through a 7 game stretch where the play calling was limiting his touches and the O line couldn’t seem to open any holes and he still ended the season on top. Had 1 carry for 35 yds and a TD in week 17 before sitting the rest of the game. We’re not going to agree on this, but I stand by my take that he should be an All Pro.

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