Friday, January 8, 2016

PFJ's 2015 All-Pro Team

by John Turney
[Dedicated to my father, John F. Turney, who passed away a hour and thrity-nine minutes ago. He took the 10:11 to Heaven]

For the second year we present the PFJ All-Pro Team. Following the model of Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman by watching lots of NFL Replay and consulting with pro scouts on to get their take on "sleepers" i.e. players some may have overlooked due to various reasons, one being a player on a poor team, for example.

We tried to get a representation of the positions played, and again, following the Dr. Z model, make sure worthy players got represented, even if you have to have a tie (See "rush backer") , Said one scout, "You really cannot leave either of them off of an All-pro team", which is why, perhap, Khalil Mack made the AP All-Pro team at both DE and OLBer.

We emphasized big plays, as one pro scouting firm's axiom states, "Blue players make blue plays". So, you will note that relative newbies to the linebacker position Deonne Bucannon and Mark Barron are on the second-team, they just kept making plays all season long.

At wide receiver Allen Robinson (1400 yards, 14 TDs) is an honorable mention. Tyler Eifert's 13 receiving touchdowns gets him an honorable mention. Guards Marshal Yanda and Zack Martin were close and are deserving of honorable mention. Center Ryan Kalil is an honorable mention as well.

Tom Brady is an honorable mention at quarterback. Jarvis Landry is an honorable mention as a slot receiver. 

Calais Campbell, and Chandler Jones were honorable mentions at defensive end. Fletcher Cox is an honorable mention at defensive tackle and Michael Brockers is an honorable mention at nose tackle. Derrick Johnson gets a HM nod at ILBer, Telvin Smith was very close to being on Second-team and is an honorable mention as well. Jamie Collins is another linebacker honorable mention.

Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson is an honorable mention for his 7 picks and the one of the lowest defensive passer ratings versus him. Matthew Slater is and honorable mention as a special teamer.

1 comment:

  1. No arguments here on any of your selections, John.

    My sincere condolences on your father's passing.