Ranking the Top 25 Players on the 2013 NFL All-Pro Team
Ranking the Top 25 Players on the 2013 NFL All-Pro Team
The 2013 NFL All-Pro teams have been released with the best players from the past season scattered throughout the list. There were definitely a few players who were left off the first and second teams that deserved the honor. With that being said, it would be hard to remove any single player that was selected considering the performances each of them put forth in 2013.
One of the best things about players receiving prestigious honors, whether it is an All-Pro recognition or MVP award, is their reaction. One of the better reactions among the players was that of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Even though Sherman is known for his trash talk, seeing him be sincere about the honor was quite the relief.
"It is very special, especially in a special season," Sherman said, according to Sports Illustrated. "If you're having a special season and your team has four wins or five wins, I'm sure it doesn't feel as good. But when your team is winning, your defense is No. 1 in every category and you're just contributing, you're not even trying to do anything special individually, you're just contributing to the entire group. It really feels special. And with the chance to do what we have a chance to do this year, it would be fantastic."
Make sure to click through the slideshow to see a ranking of the top 25 players on the 2013 NFL All-Pro team. Also, do not forget to comment below on who you think the best players on the list are. Along with that, make sure to mention any players who you believe deserved to be awarded and weren’t.
25. Evan Mathis
LeSean McCoy has put together one heck of a season. When it was revealed that he was named a first-team All-Pro, McCoy quickly turned the attention to the Philadelphia Eagles outstanding offensive line. Guard Evan Mathis is one of those lineman who has put together an impressive season.
24. Justin Tucker
Justin Tucker is second among kickers with a 93 percent conversion rate on field goal attempts. Along with that, he led the NFL in field goals made (38) and has the second-longest made field goal of the season (61 yards), which helped keep the Baltimore Ravens alive in the playoff hunt at the time. Even more impressive, he was 10-for-11 beyond 40 and 6-for-7 beyond 50 yards.
23. Earl Thomas
Safety Earl Thomas is sixth among defensive backs in total tackles (103). He also has five interceptions, two forced fumbles and 13 defended passes. No wonder the Seahawks have the top-ranked defense in the NFL.
22. Eric Berry
Eric Berry has put together a consistent season in which he has 74 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and 13 defended passes. He’s a big reason why the Kansas City Chiefs have one of the more intimidating defenses in the NFL.
21. Eddie Lacy
Running back Eddie Lacy put together a phenomenal season despite dealing with various injuries. He set the Green Bay Packers franchise record for rushing yards in a season by a rookie (1,178). Along with that, he recorded 11 touchdowns and 4.1 yards per carry. More importantly, he has given the Packers a balance to the offense, which could be detrimental to the other 11 teams in the playoffs. Lacy is my pick for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
20. J.J. Watt
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year had his work cut out for him in 2013. Even though he wasn’t as impressive as last season, J.J. Watt still managed to put together a solid performance despite being on a terrible Houston Texans team. Watt ranked second in the league among defensive ends in tackles (80). He also tossed in 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
19. Cordarrelle Patterson
Cordarrelle Patterson is the only rookie to be named an All-Pro in 2013. He returned 43 kicks for a whopping 1,393 yards, 32.4 yards per return, two touchdowns and 10 returns of 40 yards or more. On top of that, he played well at receiver in which he caught 45 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns.
18. Mario Williams
Mario Williams continues to prove why he was the top selection in the 2006 draft over Reggie Bush. His tackling numbers are still not anything to write home about, but he does rank second in the NFL in sacks (13). He also recorded a forced fumble and defended four passes.
17. Vernon Davis
Vernon Davis had one of those weird seasons where he didn’t haul in a lot of receptions (52) but he still made plenty of noise anyways. Davis ranked second in the league among tight ends with 13 touchdown catches. He also posted 850 receiving yards, 16.3 yards per catch and 16 receptions of 20 yards or more.
16. Adrian Peterson
The reigning MVP will not reclaim his title this season. With that being said, Adrian Peterson still put together a marvelous year with his 1,266 rushing yards, 90.4 rushing yards per game and 10 touchdowns.
15. NaVorro Bowman
NaVorro Bowman has consistently made a difference in several areas this season. He has 145 total tackles, five sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and defended 11 passes.
14. Greg Hardy
Greg Hardy is a huge threat on one of the best defenses in the league. He recorded 59 total tackles and one forced fumble. More importantly, he continues to cause major problems for opposing quarterbacks as his 15 sacks proves.
13. Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas had an incredible season in 2013. There’s no question he benefits from the phenomenal performance of his quarterback. However, Thomas would still be a huge threat even without Peyton Manning on his side. The 26-year-old led the league in touchdown receptions (14) and was fourth in receiving yards (1,430).
12. Luke Kuechly
The Carolina Panthers have the second-ranked defense in the NFL. A big reason for that is the play of middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. He has 320 total tackles in his first two years in the league, including 156 in 2013. He also recorded two sacks, four interceptions and defensed seven passes.
11. Antonio Brown
There were not many better wide receivers than Antonio Brown this past season. He ranked second in the league in receptions (110) and receiving yards (1,499). He also caught eight touchdown passes and averaged 93.7 yards per game.
10. Vontaze Burfict
Vontaze Burfict has proven to be quite the force at the linebacker position. Leading the NFL in tackles is no easy task, but Burfict was able to do it in just his second year in the league after he recorded 171 in 2013. He also posted three sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, nine passes defended and a defensive touchdown.
9. Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman is the most dangerous cornerback in the game. In 2013, he recorded eight interceptions (league high), 24 passes defended, 49 total tackles and a pick six. At this point, no team will dare to throw his way in the postseason.
8. Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham continues to impress as he appears to be destined to be one of the greatest to every suit up at the tight end position. Graham led all tight ends in receptions (86), receiving yards (1,215), yards per catch (14.1), touchdown receptions (16) and yards per game (75.9).
7. Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon had a terrific season in just his second year in the league. He hauled in 87 receptions for a league-high 1,646 receiving yards. He also ranked first in the NFL in yards per game (117.6) and yards per catch (18.9). Along with that, he caught nine touchdown passes.
6. Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson had just 84 receptions in 2013, just think about that when you check out his statistics. Megatron recorded 1,492 receiving yards, 106.6 receiving yards per game and 12 touchdowns, all of which were good for third in the league in 2013.
5. Robert Quinn
Robert Quinn is my runner-up for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He led all defensive linemen with 19 sacks and seven forced fumbles. He also posted 57 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown.
4. Robert Mathis
Robert Mathis is my pick for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The outside linebacker led the league with in sacks (19.5) and forced fumbles (8). He also posted 59 total tackles and a safety in 2013.
3. Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles led the league in rushing touchdowns (12) and he was third in total rushing yards (1,287). Charles is easily the most dangerous weapon on the Chiefs. It will be up to him to lead the Chiefs deep into the postseason.
2. LeSean McCoy
McCoy is one of the most dangerous players in the game. In fact, he could be the reason why the Eagles reach the Super Bowl. He led the NFL in rushing yards (1,607) and yards per game (100.4). On top of that, he was a major threat in the receiving game, which is why the Eagles could be the team to beat.
1. Peyton Manning
Manning set NFL single-season records for passing touchdowns (55), passing yards (5,477) and the most four-touchdown passing games (9). He also tied several other NFL records, as well as, broke a bunch of franchise records. There’s no question is will be the MVP of the league, which is just one more reason why he’s No. 1 on this list.