QB: Tom Brady, New England Patriots
OB: Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Tom Brady has had a terrific season and is the top rated quarterback in the league. The Patriots ability to adapt to a mostly new receiving corps this year, and thrive after the loss of Randy Moss leaving the Patriots without a real deep threat at wide receiver, places him at the top at his position.
Michael Vick has probably the fastest receiving corps in the entire league and his ability to make plays from the pocket and on his feet, something he was unable to do prior to going to jail for dog fighting, has placed him in the discussion for MVP.
RB: Arian Foster, Houston Texans
RB: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
It isn’t entirely accurate to say that Arian Foster came out of nowhere to lead the league in rushing after the 15th game of the regular season, but he kind of did. Fantasy football fans knew about him from the preseason and he went off the draft boards fairly early in many leagues. But the gridiron is not fantasy and he has come through with a solid running game this year.
Jamaal Charles definitely deserves a spot on this roster. He is a phenomenal second year running back who has made big strides both rushing and receiving this year. He is a big reason the Chiefs are doing so well this season.
Overall I still think Chris Johnson is likely the best running back in the league, but with such instability at quarterback and the receiving position this year teams have really stacked up against the run. Yet he is still third in the league in rushing and just barely gets edged out.
Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Michael Turner, Rashard Mendenhall, Darren McFadden, and Ray Rice all deserve accolades this year.
And the out of nowhere most fun backs to watch is are Peyton Hillis and Danny Woodhead.
FB: Le’Ron McClain, Baltimore Ravens
FB: Heath Evans, New Orleans Saints
Fullbacks are really a dying breed in the NFL and I wonder how much longer we will really have true fullbacks. Here I’m going with players who are the most versatile at the position.
Le’Ron McClain can do it all. He is an excellent run blocker, pass blocker, he can tote the rock, and catch passes out of the backfield. He is the most talented and versatile fullback in the game today.
Heath Evans of the Saints also provides the full compliment of offensive skills and adds another dimension to the Saints already potent offense.
WR: Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
WR: Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
WR: Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
WR: DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
If it weren’t for his nagging injuries this year it is hard to tell what Andre Johnson might have done statistically. He is still the fourth leading receiver in yardage as of this writing.
Roddy White has really come on the past couple of season and other than Andre Johnson is the most versatile, hard to cover receiver in the league.
Reggie Wayne has a had a very steady season and with all the changes to the Colts’ lineup at the receiver position he has had to be the go to guy in clutch situations, and he always come through.
DeSean Jackson is one of those young, diva, unsportsmanlike receivers and personally I can’t stand his stupid antics on the field. But he is the fastest, most explosive receiver I have seen in some time and makes the Eagles offense a big play machine.
TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
TE: Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Jason Witten has been one bright spot in the Dallas Cowboys’ arsenal this year. It doesn’t matter what quarterback is playing, he is usually making big catches.
Tony Gonzalez is amazing. He is one of the best blocking and receiving tight ends in the league even at his age.
No Antonio Gates? The only reason he didn’t make the cut is too many injuries and missed time.
C: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers (Rookie)
C: Matt Birk, Baltimore Ravens
Maurkice Pouncey is a one nasty piece of work. He plays center like a defense player, attacking the line of scrimmage and the player he faces. This is one of the most impressive rookie offensive lineman I have seen in quite some time.
By the end of this year there are a few teams that have just fabulous interior offensive lineman and the Baltimore Ravens are one of them. There is a reason a small player like Ray Rice can get so many yards running up the middle and Matt Birk is one of them.
Honorable mentions to Nick Mangold of the New York Jets and Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colts.
G: Ben Grubbs, Baltimore Ravens
G: Carl Nicks, New Orleans Saints
G: Adam Goldberg, St. Louis Rams
G: Rob Sims, Detroit Lions.
Ben Grubbs has had an excellent season for the Baltimore Ravens, and along with center Matt Birk, is the reason the Ravens running game is successful up the middle.
Jahari Evans gets all the press and tends to be everybody’s pick as one of the best guards in the league, but I think Carl Nicks is outstanding and one of the most impressive performers at guard, particularly since he often has to help Jermond Bushrod, the left tackle.
I’ve only seen the Rams play a few times but one player that certainly stood out to me is the guard Adam Goldberg.
Rob Sims of the Detroit Lions is another player that every time I see the Lions on television, which isn’t often, he stands out as a superior interior offensive lineman.
Jahari Evans of the Saints, along with Carl Nicks and center Jonathan Goodwin make up one of the best offense lines in the league. They struggled a bit against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, but who doesn’t? Nevertheless, much to the hue and cry of those who think Evans is better than Nicks, he didn’t make the cut.
T: Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns
T: Jake Long, Miami Dolphins
T: Sebastian Vollmer, New England Patriots
T: Michael Roos, Tennessee Titans
Overall I have not seen great tackle play this year. The one most consistent player I have seen is Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns. In their last game against the Baltimore Ravens he essentially erased All Pro candidate and pass rushing specialist Terrell Suggs. And he faces two of the toughest defenses in the league twice a year in the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.
Jake Long, while I think he is overrated, has also become a very consistent performer at the most critical of positions on the field at left tackle.
Sebastian Vollmer has been a real surprise for the New England Patriots. He has performed admirably against the likes of Dwight Freeney of the Colts and Julius Peppers of the Bears.
Michael Roos has been a very steady performer for the Titans for years and remains one of the better tackles in the league.
Damien Woody of the New York Jets would have made the team over Yanda but he is now on injured reserve.
K: Rob Bironis, Tennessee Titans
K: Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars
Rob Bironis has been the most consistent kicker in the league this year, particularly from 40 plus yards.
Josh Scobee has missed a few of late but he also has been one of the more consistent kickers from long range.
Matt Bryant of the Atlanta Falcons almost made the cut. And Dan Carpenter of the Dolphins, who had a fine first half of the season, got cut for missing too many field goals late in the season.
Kick Returner: Devin Hester, Chicago Bears
If DeSean Jackson were used more as a kick returner he probably would have won this spot. After a slow start Hester is once again a player you just don’t want to kick the ball to.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady has taken a group of unknown, smallish receivers, along with unsung heroes at the running back position and created the highest scoring offense in the league.
While many will scream that Michael Vick deserve the top spot, he has a lot more to work with than Brady.
OFFENSIVE ROOKIE: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers (Rookie)
Pouncey is one of the best rookie offensive linemen I have ever seen.