Thursday, July 11, 2013


With the MLB All-Star game fast approaching I wanted to take a look at the NFL "All-Stars".  I remember a time when all MLB teams had to have at least one representative in the All-Star game, so I'm taking that approach to the 32 franchises that make up the NFL.  If possible I'll list an offensive and defensive guy for each team.
Here's what the pure NFL All-Star team would be from the AFC and NFC first though... (Minimum of 50% of their teams snaps based purely on the 2012 season).  I took the best of the offensive line, regardless of position.  The AFC has better tackles and guards than centers.  The two people who were close to being on the list for the AFC at center were Ryan Wendell (NE) and Nick Mangold (NYJ). 

QB: Peyton Manning, Denver
QB2: Tom Brady, New England
RB:  C.J. Spiller, Buffalo
RB2:  Ray Rice, Baltimore
FB: Vonta Leach, Free Agent*
WR:  Andre Johnson, Houston
WR2:  Demaryius Thomas, Denver
TE:  Rob Gronkowski, New England
TE2: Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis
OL: Duane Brown, LT, Houston
OL: Michael Roos, LT, Tennessee
OL: Ryan Clady, LT, Denver
OL: Andre Smith, RT, Cincinnati
OL: Joe Thomas, LT, Cleveland
OL Reserve: Marshal Yanda, RG, Baltimore
OL Reserve2:  D'Brickashaw Ferguson, LT, NY Jets

4-3 DE: Cameron Wake, Miami
4-3 DE2: Derrick Morgan, Tennessee
3-4 DE:  J.J. Watt, Houston
3-4 DE2:  Muhammad Wilkerson, NY Jets
DT/NT:  Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
DT/NT2:  Kyle D. Williams, Buffalo
4-3 OLB: Von Miller, Denver
4-3 OLB2: Jerod Mayo, New England
3-4 OLB: Justin Houston, Kansas City
3-4 OLB2: Paul Kruger, Cleveland*
ILB: Derrick Johnson, Kansas City
ILB: Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh
ILB: Brandon Spikes, New England
CB: Chris Harris Jr., Denver
CB: Jason McCourty, Tennessee
CB: Brandon Flowers, Kansas City
S: Eric Weddle, San Diego
S: Jairus Byrd, Buffalo
S: Reshad Jones, Miami

Special Teams
K: Matt Prater, Denver
P: Donnie Jones, Houston
K/PR: Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo
K/PR: Leon Washington, New England*

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
QB2: Drew Brees, New Orleans
RB: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
RB2: Alfred Morris, Washington
FB: Mike Tolbert, Carolina
WR: Calvin Johnson, Detroit
WR2: Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay
TE: Jason Witten, Dallas
TE2: Martellus Bennett, Chicago*
OL: Evan Mathis, LG, Philadelphia
OL: Joe Staley, LT, San Francisco
OL: John Sullivan, C, Minnesota
OL:  Gosder Cherilus, RT, Detroit
OL:  Brian De La Puente, C, New Orleans
OL Reserve: Alex Boone, RG, San Francisco
OL Reserve2:  Max Unger, C, Seattle

4-3 DE: Jason Pierre-Paul, NY Giants
4-3 DE2: John Abraham, Atlanta
3-4 DE: Calais Campbell, Arizona
3-4 DE2: Jason Hatcher, Dallas**
DT/NT:  Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay
DT/NT2:  Ndamukong Suh, Detroit
4-3 OLB: Lance Briggs, Chicago
4-3 OLB2: LaVonte David, Tampa Bay
3-4 OLB: Anthony Spencer, Dallas**
3-4 OLB2: Clay Matthews, Green Bay
ILB: Patrick Willis, San Francisco
ILB: Bobby Wagner, Seattle
ILB: Daryl Washington, Arizona
CB: Antoine Winfield, Seattle*
CB: Richard Sherman, Seattle
CB: Charles Tillman, Chicago
S: Kerry Rhodes, Arizona
S: Quintin Mikell, St. Louis
S: Morgan Burnett, Green Bay

Special Teams
K: Blair Walsh, Minnesota
P: Thomas Morstead, New Orleans
K/PR: David Wilson, NY Giants
K/PR: Devin Hester, Chicago

*=On a different team in 2012.
**=Team will be using a different scheme for 2013.

Now for the stars per team:
AFC East:
New England: Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork
Miami: Mike Wallace, Cameron Wake
New York Jets: D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Unless they sign Vonta Leach), Muhammad Wilkerson
Buffalo: C.J. Spiller,  Jairus Byrd

AFC North:
Baltimore: Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata
Cincinnati: A.J. Green, Geno Atkins
Pittsburgh: Ben Roethlisberger, Lawrence Timmons
Cleveland: Trent Richardson, Paul Kruger

AFC South:
Houston: Andre Johson, J.J. Watt
Indianapolis: Andrew Luck/Reggie Wayne,  Tom Zibikowski
Tennessee:  Chris Johnson, Jason McCourty
Jacksonville: Justin Blackmon, C.J. Mosely

AFC West:
Denver: Peyton Manning, Von Miller
San Diego: Antonio Gates, Dwight Freeney*
Oakland: Darren McFadden (when healthy), Charles Woodson*
Kansas City: Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson

NFC East:
Washington: Robert Griffin III, Brian Orakpo
New York Giants: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul
Dallas: Jason Witten, Demarcus Ware
Philadelphia: DeSean Jackson, DeMeco Ryans

NFC North:
Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews
Minnesota: Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen
Chicago: Brandon Marshall, Lance Briggs
Detroit: Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh

NFC South:
Atlanta: Roddy White, Asante Samuel
Carolina: Steve Smith, Luke Kuechly
New Orleans: Drew Brees, Jonathan Vilma
Tampa Bay: Vincent Jackson, Darrell Revis

NFC West:
San Francisco: Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis
Seattle: Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman
St. Louis: Tavon Austin,  Quintin Mikell
Arizona: Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campbell

There you have it.  I ordered the teams in their division based on 2012 final standings.  Soon I'll post my division by division predictions for 2013 including more than a few surprises.  I'm almost done with my post draft grading for all 32 teams drafts from this year and will post that shortly as well.

I leave you with Yoda!

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