The Associated Press on Friday announced members of its. These groups were led by unanimous voters such as Travis Kelsey and Justin Jefferson, and nearly unanimous voters (one vote away) such as Patrick Mahomes and Nick Boza.
But with not many places on each All-Pro team (11 forwards, 11 defensemen and six special teams players), some deserving players were inevitably left off the rosters. Here are some that stand out.
QB Josh Allen, Bills
Only First Team All-Pro Patrick Mahomes has averaged more expected points (EPA) per retreat than Allen this season, according to Tru Media. Like Jalen Hurts of the All-Pro second team, Allen adds tremendous value with his feet all over the field, especially in the red zone. With 113 more retreats than the Hurts and a weaker supporting cast, you could make a pretty good case for Allen getting a spot on the second team. (Apparently Hurts was incredibly decent too, but you have to separate these hair types when it comes to arguing about neglect.)
Christian McCaffrey, 49ers
McCaffrey had 1,880 yards and 13 total touchdowns, averaging 4.7 yards per carry on his 244 totes, and had 85 passes for 741 yards and five points. To put things into perspective, consider that the same NFL player had the eighth most rushing yards and 17th most receptions in the league. Is this the old claim that Le’Veon Bell is the #1 running back and #2 wide receiver in the same player? CMC is actually it. He also had a dramatic impact on the San Francisco attack upon arrival and helped elevate Mr. Inappropriate, Brock Purdy, to prominence in the second half of the year.
Laremi Tuncil, Texans and Peney Sewell, Lions
If there was a third All-Pro team, it would have to be two tackles. Tunsil finished the season ranked No. 1 in Pro Football Focus in pass blocking (among all offensive linemen, not just tackles), while Sewell finished fifth in tackles (and 12th among all linemen) in blocking the run and gave great value to the Lions attacking with their ability to get out and block defenders in space.
Max Crosby, Raiders
Crosby is a fantastic two-way player, an elite against both running and passing. According to Pro Football Focus, only Micah Parsons and Nick Boza (90 each) withstood more pressure than Crosby (81), and he led with 41 stops per run. Crosby also played an outrageous 1,085 snaps, more than 100 more than any other linebacker in the NFL. Staying on the field almost every click is a valuable skill in itself.
Dre Greenlaw, 49ers and/or Lavonte David, Buccaneers