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2014 NFL Predictions: Top 10 NFC North All-Pro Candidates

2014 NFL Predictions: Top 10 NFC North All-Pro Candidates

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The NFC North is loaded with some serious talent and these ten guys all should make significant impacts on their respective teams in 2014. This division features some of the premier offenses in the NFL and some of the top players in the entire league. Every guy on this list is a Pro-Bowler as well as the best of the best in the NFC North.

10. Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh

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10. Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh

Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh pre-game
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Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh might be one of the dirtiest players in the game, but that doesn't mean he is a bad player. Suh in fact is one of the best defensive linemen in the entire NFL. He combines speed and power to blow past opposing offensive linemen. He is a force on the Lions d-line, by clogging up the run and consistently getting to the quarterback, which is rare for a tackle.

9. Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson

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9. Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson

Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson in the end zone
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Over the past several years Jordy Nelson has been the go to guy for Aaron Rodgers. Whenever the Packers are in need of a big play, Nelson has been the guy time and time again. Nelson has a great set of hands and is a outstanding route runner which has made him an appealing target. He has put up some huge numbers over the past couple of years and I don't see why he can't do the same in 2014.

8. Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford

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8. Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford

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If Matthew Stafford can ever stay healthy for an entire season, you are looking at one of the best quarterbacks in football. This guy has all the skills that are needed to be a top-tier quarterback and we have seen his development over the years. He is not afraid to take chances and let the ball fly. Stafford is on the cusp of not just being a very good quarterback, but a great one.

7. Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

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7. Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Chicago Bears' Alshon Jeffery reals in a pass
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The Bears' third-year receiver Alshon Jeffery had a breakout year in 2013 and was another target that the Bears desperately needed. Jeffery has adapted to the NFL and has developed at a very fast rate. His rookie campaign was a slow one, he showed flashes of being great, but it just never clicked. During his sophomore campaign, he became that top flight receiver that the Bears expected him to be.

6. Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall

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6. Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall

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Talk about double trouble. That is what defenses have to be thinking when facing the Bears, who have two of the top receivers in the game. Brandon Marshall is their lead dog despite the fact that Alshon Jeffrey jumped on the scene in 2013. Marshall is a big time player and has been for years now. He has worked with Jay Cutler for a large portion of their careers, which has made both players better. Marshall is due for big year in 2014.

5. Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy

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5. Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy

Green Bay Packers' Eddie Lacy rushing the ball
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It's been a couple of years since the Packers rushing attack was this good, but all the credit has to go to sophomore back Eddie Lacy. The back was drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft and made his name known early in the season. He is the feature back that the Packers needed, since they became such a one dimensional team. They now have a nice balance between run and pass due to the success of Lacy.

4. Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte

Chicago Bears' Matt Forte rushing the ball
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4. Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte

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Not only is Matt Forte a threat while running the ball, but he can catch with the best of them out of the back field as well. Forte is the most important player on the Bears offense. He makes up such a large portion of their offense, and if he ever did go down, it would be a serious issue. This offense can be deadly when they are clicking, and when Forte is on, that is when they are at their best. He should be a top running back in 2014.

3. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

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3. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

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I think we need to be ready for a great deal of 'discount-double checks' in 2014. Aaron Rodgers missed a larger portion of last season due to injury and it really hurt the Packers, who just barely snuck into the playoffs with a (8-7-1) record. Rodgers is one of the top-three quarterbacks in the league and you better believe that he is going to come out looking to have a huge season after a lost 2013. Expect big things from Aaron Rodgers in 2014.

2. Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

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2. Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

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I don't care what anyone says, Adrian Peterson is still the best pound for pound running back in the NFL. Last season many say was a down year for Peterson, but he still rushed for 1,266 yards and 10 TDs. I mean it's tough to put up 2,000 plus yards like he did the year before, but give this guy a break. The Vikings were brutal last year, and as their only weapon, teams knew what was coming. There is no doubt that he is an All-Time great.

1. Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson

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1. Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson

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The man better known as Megatron takes the top spot on my list because he is simply the best at his position right now and will go down as one of the best receivers of all time. The things he can do on the field are downright scary; he's a freak plain and simple. The 2014 season should be another outstanding year for Johnson, as he is the Detroit's number one, two and three target. It really just doesn't get any better than him right now.