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NFL All-Pro 2018: Patrick Mahomes leads four Chiefs’ players in the First Team

Once the NFL regular season ends, the post season starts with the wild card round, culminating in the Super Bowl where the best team from the National Football Conference (NFC) squares up against the best team from the American Football Conference (AFC). Along with the post season, the award season also commences. Starting with the Pro Bowl selections and ending with the NFL honours, a night before the Super Bowl. During the award season, one of the most prestigious awards for players is an inclusion in the Associated Press’(AP) All Pro Team. The AP voting panel features 50 media members with a lot of experience and reverence in the field of NFL coverage. The All Pro teams are considered a more accurate indication of players’ abilities compared to the Pro Bowl (which has been criticised for being more of a popularity contest where fan favourite players make the team and much more deserving players are left out). A great example of that happened this year when Green Bay Packers‘ left tackle David Bakhtiari wasn’t selected for the Pro Bowl, but he was selected as a First Team All Pro.

Center Jim Otto and Wide Receiver Jerry Rice have the most First Team All Pro Selections in NFL History with both being selected 10 times. Among active players, punter Shane Lechler has the most First Team All Pro selections with 6.

This year’s All Pro list punctuated a fantastic year for the electric Kansas City Chiefs‘ offence. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who became only the second player after Peyton Manning to throw at least 50 touchdowns and 5000 yards in a single season, beat out New Orleans SaintsDrew Brees for the First Team spot. One of Mahomes’ favourite targets while throwing the ball, and the fastest player in the NFL, Tyreek Hill made the All Pro teams twice. First Team All Pro as a flex player and Second Team All Pro as a wide receiver. Tight End Travis Kelce firmly established himself as the best at his position with his First Team selection. The star of the Kansas City offensive line, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz also made the First Team. IN fact, the Chiefs could’ve possibly had five First Team All Pro players if running back Kareem Hunt wasn’t released from the team following the release of a video of him physically assaulting a woman.

The following is the complete list of players selected in the 2018 AP NFL All Pro Teams:

FIRST TEAM

OFFENCE

Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Running Back: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

Flex: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

Tight End: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Wide Receivers: Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

Left Tackle: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers

Right Tackle: Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs

Left Guard: Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts

Right Guard: Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys

Center: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles

DEFENCE

Edge Rushers: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans; Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears

Interior Linemen: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams; Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles

Linebackers: Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks; Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts

Cornerbacks: Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears; Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots

Safeties: Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears; Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers

Defensive Back: Desmond King, Los Angeles Chargers

SPECIAL TEAMS

Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

Punter: Michael Dickson, Seattle Seahawks

Kick Returner: Andre Roberts, New York Jets

Punt Returner: Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears

Special Teamer: Adrian Phillips, Los Angeles Chargers

SECOND TEAM

OFFENCE

Quarterback: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Running Back: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Flex: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

Tight End: George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Wide Receivers: Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons; Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

Left Tackle: Duane Brown, Seattle Seahawks; Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints

Right Tackle: Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

Left Guard: Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns

Right Guard: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens

Center: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers

DEFENCE

Edge Rushers: Von Miller, Denver Broncos; Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

Interior Linemen: Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs; J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

Linebackers: Von Miller, Denver Broncos; C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens; Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys

Cornerbacks: Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys; Xavien Howard, Miami Dolphins

Safeties: Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Defensive Back: Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers

SPECIAL TEAMS

Placekicker: Aldrick Rosas, New York Giants

Punter: Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams

Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, New England Patriots

Punt Returner: Desmond King, Los Angeles Chargers

Special Teamer: Cory Littleton, Los Angeles Rams

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