The second thing I found interesting was his inclusion of nine Minnesota Vikings on his team. That's a lot, but they have done a very good job of amassing talent the last few years. The Vikes will be a playoff contender again in 2013.
The third thing that caught my eye was his overall ranking of the NFC North All Pro team second only to the NFC West. I agree that the NFC West has the most talent top to bottom, but it's really their offensive line that puts them over the top.
Let's break down Dameshek's picks in the NFC North.
He begins with his head coach, Green Bay's Mike McCarthy, and that's really a no-brainer. His .661 winning percentage and Super Bowl championship is head and shoulders above his contemporaries. No argument from me.
Here's his offense.
Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers
Running back: Adrian Peterson
Wide receivers: Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Greg Jennings
Tight end: Kyle Rudolph
Offensive tackles: Jermon Bushrod, Matt Kalil
Guards: Brandon Fusco, T.J. Lang
Center: John Sullivan
Say what... A Chicago Bears o-lineman made his team? I suppose if one was going to make it, it makes sense that it's the $35 million dollar man Bushrod. The NFC North o-line isn't the best position group, and I concur with his picks.
In fact the only change I'd make involves adding another Chicago Bears player, so it might be perceived as being biased. Tight End Kyle Rudolph is a very talented player, and his numbers will most likely go up again this season, but based off 2012, I think I'd put Martellus Bennett on the team.
As receivers they are very comparable, in 2012 Martellus had the edge in receptions and yards, 55 and 626, to 53 and 493, but Kyle had the touchdown edge 9 to 5. The tipping factor for me is that Bennett is a better blocker. I've seen his blocking called "tremendous" and "elite", he can definitely "set the edge", and he also thinks very highly of himself, "I'm one of the best blocking tight ends in the game". Rudolph isn't a bad blocker, he's just not as good as Bennett.
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Over on the defensive side of the ball he has a few more Bears listed.
Defensive ends: Jared Allen, Julius Peppers
Defensive tackles: Ndamukong Suh, Henry Melton
Outside linebackers: Clay Matthews, Chad Greenway
Inside linebacker: Stephen Tulloch
Cornerback: "Peanut" Tillman, Sam Shields
Safeties: Harrison Smith, Glover Quin
I immediately tried to shoehorn Lance Briggs into the team, but I can't do it. Greenway has made the last two NFC Pro Bowls and he is a tackling machine. Last year he had 148 tackles, in 2011 he had 154, and in 2010 he had 144. The other outside linebacker spot has to go to Clay Matthews, even though I feel Briggs is a better all around player, you can't ignore his outstanding pass rush ability. Sorry Lance...
I was also tempted to go with Tim Jennings over Sam Shields, but like most people I want to see if Jennings can keep up his stellar play. Shields has been a good player his three years in the league, then again so has Jennings. Shields has nine career interceptions, Jennings had nine picks last year. Wait a minute, get Shields off that team. Jennings deserves to join teammate Charles Tillman on the NFC North All Pro team.
There isn't a Pro Bowler at safety in the entire division, so I can't argue that much with his picks there. Quinn is a solid safety that will fit in well with the Lions, and Smith had an outstanding rookie season last year. Would I call either a slam dunk over Chicago's Major Wright or Chris Conte? No, but the Bears duo hasn't really stood out either.
So my adjusted tally is Minnesota 8, Green Bay 3, Chicago 7, and Detroit remains at 4.
Let us know what you think of his teams, and my changes. Also let us know what changes you would make.
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