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Published: Aug. 24, 2015 at 10:33 a.m.
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015 at 10:40 a.m.

2015 All-Pro Team projections

Antonio Brown caught 129 balls last season -- the second-highest single-season total in NFL history -- including 13 TD grabs. Oh, and in case you didn't already think of him in superstar terms, he took a punt to the house just to show you what's up. Still, the dude couldn't even sniff an MVP vote. That was a shame. What wasn't a shame: Brown getting named first-team All-Pro, the second-highest honor any player can get in a given season. Brown was joined by Dez Bryant at wideout on that official roster, and both find their way back on my All-Pro team for 2015.

All in all, I included 11 players on offense, 12 on defense (to account for different schemes), as well as a kicker, punter and returner. As always, feel free to share your take: @HarrisonNFL is the place.

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  • Not making the same mistake thrice. Over the last couple of years, I've <a href="http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap3000000379529/blank">selected Tom Brady</a> <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000232013/article/peyton-manning-adrian-peterson-head-2013-allpro-projections">and Peyton Manning</a> in this slot. But how can you ignore a man who hasn't thrown an interception at home since 2012? Rodgers might have difficulty going back-to-back in the MVP race, but not on the All-Pro team. 26

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    Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

    Not making the same mistake thrice. Over the last couple of years, I've selected Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in this slot. But how can you ignore a man who hasn't thrown an interception at home since 2012? Rodgers might have difficulty going back-to-back in the MVP race, but not on the All-Pro team.

  • Yes, Bell outstrips Adrian Peterson for first-team All-Pro. Like many, I think Peterson will have a big year rushing, but what about receiving and not turning the ball over? Sure, the voters don't always look at those categories -- but they <i>should</i>. Bell caught 83 balls last year and hasn't fumbled since 2013. 25

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    Running back: Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Yes, Bell outstrips Adrian Peterson for first-team All-Pro. Like many, I think Peterson will have a big year rushing, but what about receiving and not turning the ball over? Sure, the voters don't always look at those categories -- but they should. Bell caught 83 balls last year and hasn't fumbled since 2013.

  • This just in: Fullback is still a position in pro football. Sherman enjoyed a wonderful campaign in 2014 despite carrying the ball twice all year. While the Chiefs' O-line is so-so, Sherman paves the way for Jamaal Charles to average 5 yards per rush. 24

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    Fullback: Anthony Sherman, Kansas City Chiefs

    This just in: Fullback is still a position in pro football. Sherman enjoyed a wonderful campaign in 2014 despite carrying the ball twice all year. While the Chiefs' O-line is so-so, Sherman paves the way for Jamaal Charles to average 5 yards per rush.

  • Simply the best receiver in the game last year -- and he still seems as hungry as ever to stay atop that lofty perch. Not only can Brown catch the ball (129 receptions in 2014), but he is hell on wheels after bringing it in. With Martavis Bryant taking the next step on the other side of the formation, the door could open even more for Brown. 23

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    Wide receiver: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Simply the best receiver in the game last year -- and he still seems as hungry as ever to stay atop that lofty perch. Not only can Brown catch the ball (129 receptions in 2014), but he is hell on wheels after bringing it in. With Martavis Bryant taking the next step on the other side of the formation, the door could open even more for Brown.

  • Tough competition at the second receiver spot. Before he suffered what is believed to be <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000514941/article/jordy-nelson-believed-to-have-torn-acl-on-sunday">a torn ACL over the weekend</a>, I was strongly considering Jordy Nelson. But even prior to that injury, I was still leaning Dez. DeMarco Murray's exit from Dallas means quarterback Tony Romo will drop back three to five times more per game than he did last season. Thus, Bryant should get 30 more targets in 2015. 22

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    Wide receiver: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

    Tough competition at the second receiver spot. Before he suffered what is believed to be a torn ACL over the weekend, I was strongly considering Jordy Nelson. But even prior to that injury, I was still leaning Dez. DeMarco Murray's exit from Dallas means quarterback Tony Romo will drop back three to five times more per game than he did last season. Thus, Bryant should get 30 more targets in 2015.

  • While many people out there feel Jimmy Graham is in line for another grab-bag season of touchdowns and chunk-yardage plays, Gronkowski is, quite frankly, still Graham's superior at the tight end position. Even if Gronk gets hurt, as he seems to do most years, what he can accomplish in 13 games soars above his peers' full-season efforts. 21

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    Tight end: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

    While many people out there feel Jimmy Graham is in line for another grab-bag season of touchdowns and chunk-yardage plays, Gronkowski is, quite frankly, still Graham's superior at the tight end position. Even if Gronk gets hurt, as he seems to do most years, what he can accomplish in 13 games soars above his peers' full-season efforts.

  • Seems like this guy gets better every year -- or maybe that's a mirage, the byproduct of watching the best offensive line in football work in cohesion (thus making Smith seem more dominant than he is). Well, except for the fact Smith is the most talented player of the bunch. 20

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    Offensive tackle: Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys

    Seems like this guy gets better every year -- or maybe that's a mirage, the byproduct of watching the best offensive line in football work in cohesion (thus making Smith seem more dominant than he is). Well, except for the fact Smith is the most talented player of the bunch.

  • Yes, I realize the Browns' Joe Thomas (a five-time first-team All-Pro) will probably earn first-team honors yet again. Or maybe the Eagles' Jason Peters (two-time first-team All-Pro). I don't care. I'm pulling for an upset here. This guy is just so criminally underrated. Left him off <a href="http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap3000000494992/blank">my All-Underrated Team</a> back in June, but not because he didn't deserve it. I'm just plum tired of saying he's underrated. 19

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    Offensive tackle: Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati Bengals

    Yes, I realize the Browns' Joe Thomas (a five-time first-team All-Pro) will probably earn first-team honors yet again. Or maybe the Eagles' Jason Peters (two-time first-team All-Pro). I don't care. I'm pulling for an upset here. This guy is just so criminally underrated. Left him off my All-Underrated Team back in June, but not because he didn't deserve it. I'm just plum tired of saying he's underrated.

  • One of the Packers who had an outstanding 2014 campaign ... yet was overshadowed by the league MVP, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, et al. Some people are still haunted by the Ghost of Subpar Packer O-lines Past. Those people need to wake up. Sitton was fantastic last season -- and this year, he won't even have to face Ndamukong Suh. 18

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    Offensive guard: Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers

    One of the Packers who had an outstanding 2014 campaign ... yet was overshadowed by the league MVP, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, et al. Some people are still haunted by the Ghost of Subpar Packer O-lines Past. Those people need to wake up. Sitton was fantastic last season -- and this year, he won't even have to face Ndamukong Suh.

  • In theory, Martin could endure a sophomore slump. But if Odell Beckham Jr. is immune -- as most people seem to believe -- then why can't the Cowboys' phenom be? Martin's play stood out early last season, and he figures to only improve with a year of study and a stellar supporting cast. Not to mention the mediocre NFC East D-lines. Martin got nicked up last week in practice, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000512728/article/dallas-cowboys-training-camp-randy-gregory-boosts-pass-rush">sustaining a stinger</a>, but he should be just fine for the regular season. 17

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    Offensive guard: Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys

    In theory, Martin could endure a sophomore slump. But if Odell Beckham Jr. is immune -- as most people seem to believe -- then why can't the Cowboys' phenom be? Martin's play stood out early last season, and he figures to only improve with a year of study and a stellar supporting cast. Not to mention the mediocre NFC East D-lines. Martin got nicked up last week in practice, sustaining a stinger, but he should be just fine for the regular season.

  • After Mack got hurt last year, the run game tanked -- and so did Cleveland's season. The Browns were 3-2 when Mack went down. They went 4-7 the rest of the way. Cleveland averaged 146.4 yards on the ground over the first five games ... only to plummet to 90 yards per contest in the last 11. #differencemaker 16

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    Center: Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns

    After Mack got hurt last year, the run game tanked -- and so did Cleveland's season. The Browns were 3-2 when Mack went down. They went 4-7 the rest of the way. Cleveland averaged 146.4 yards on the ground over the first five games ... only to plummet to 90 yards per contest in the last 11. #differencemaker

  • Watt has been so dominant over the last three years that he is the easiest choice on the defensive side of the ball. In fact, Watt's last three seasons stack up with any three-season run by any defender in NFL history, save for <i>maybe</i> Reggie White's 1986-88 campaigns. 15

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    Defensive end: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

    Watt has been so dominant over the last three years that he is the easiest choice on the defensive side of the ball. In fact, Watt's last three seasons stack up with any three-season run by any defender in NFL history, save for maybe Reggie White's 1986-88 campaigns.

  • Wake isn't a force against the run, yet he's <i>so</i> disruptive in passing situations that he's already made one All-Pro team (in 2012). With the offseason signing of Ndamukong Suh, everyone on the Dolphins' D-line should be 10 to 20 percent better. Wake could approach 20 sacks this season. 14

    Scott Boehm/Associated Press

    Defensive end: Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins

    Wake isn't a force against the run, yet he's so disruptive in passing situations that he's already made one All-Pro team (in 2012). With the offseason signing of Ndamukong Suh, everyone on the Dolphins' D-line should be 10 to 20 percent better. Wake could approach 20 sacks this season.

  • Dareus gets the pub and will probably make the All-Pro team <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000452986/article/2014-allpro-teams-analysis-of-the-full-rosters">for a second consecutive season</a>. Honestly, though, my heart wants the vote to go to his Bills teammate, Kyle Williams. Both were forces of nature last year -- you could even make the argument Williams was <i>more</i> disruptive. That said, Dareus' star is ascending. 13

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    Defensive tackle: Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills

    Dareus gets the pub and will probably make the All-Pro team for a second consecutive season. Honestly, though, my heart wants the vote to go to his Bills teammate, Kyle Williams. Both were forces of nature last year -- you could even make the argument Williams was more disruptive. That said, Dareus' star is ascending.

  • Nope, not giving a nod to Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy or Fletcher Cox this season. There's a new sheriff in town! The Defensive Rookie of the Year was an absolute beast in 2014, just one shade behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Zack Martin in terms of instant impact. 12

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    Defensive tackle: Aaron Donald, St. Louis Rams

    Nope, not giving a nod to Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy or Fletcher Cox this season. There's a new sheriff in town! The Defensive Rookie of the Year was an absolute beast in 2014, just one shade behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Zack Martin in terms of instant impact.

  • Jumping on the bandwagon now. Actually, Mack's rising star is more akin to a full-blown football station wagon, complete with $3,000 rims, woodgrain siding and silver &amp; black interior. Mack made quite a first impression last season, as evidenced by his 40 QB hurries (according to ProFootballFocus.com) and staunch run support. 11

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    Outside linebacker: Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders

    Jumping on the bandwagon now. Actually, Mack's rising star is more akin to a full-blown football station wagon, complete with $3,000 rims, woodgrain siding and silver & black interior. Mack made quite a first impression last season, as evidenced by his 40 QB hurries (according to ProFootballFocus.com) and staunch run support.

  • Watching Miller's first step <a href="http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2015081456/2015/PRE1/broncos@seahawks">against Seattle 10 days ago</a> made me reconsider my All-Pro list. Leaving Justin Houston off this grouping ain't easy, but considering he just got paid ... thinking Miller will be the AFC West LB to go <a href="https://youtu.be/ygE01sOhzz0" target="_blank">from ridiculous speed to ludicrous speed</a> in the disruption category. 10

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    Outside linebacker: Von Miller, Denver Broncos

    Watching Miller's first step against Seattle 10 days ago made me reconsider my All-Pro list. Leaving Justin Houston off this grouping ain't easy, but considering he just got paid ... thinking Miller will be the AFC West LB to go from ridiculous speed to ludicrous speed in the disruption category.

  • Considered the finest inside linebacker in football today by just about everyone -- well, save for the Bobby Wagner loyalists. He was indeed rated the best ILB by ProFootballFocus.com in 2014. Kuechly's football instincts are off the charts. Without his presence in the middle of the defense, there's no way Carolina would have gone back-to-back in the NFC South. 9

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    Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers

    Considered the finest inside linebacker in football today by just about everyone -- well, save for the Bobby Wagner loyalists. He was indeed rated the best ILB by ProFootballFocus.com in 2014. Kuechly's football instincts are off the charts. Without his presence in the middle of the defense, there's no way Carolina would have gone back-to-back in the NFC South.

  • In the year of the rookie, Mosley's initial foray into the NFL worked out quite alright. Amassing 133 total tackles (the seventh-highest total in the league), Mosley benefited from having the experienced Daryl Smith alongside him, as well as the underrated Brandon Williams up front. Mosley's next step will be to improve his coverage game. 8

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    Inside linebacker: C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens

    In the year of the rookie, Mosley's initial foray into the NFL worked out quite alright. Amassing 133 total tackles (the seventh-highest total in the league), Mosley benefited from having the experienced Daryl Smith alongside him, as well as the underrated Brandon Williams up front. Mosley's next step will be to improve his coverage game.

  • Hard to argue against Revis on this year's All-Pro team. Saw him <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/0ap3000000509583/Can-t-Miss-Play-Abdullah-rips-the-Jets-defense-for-45-yards">run down Ameer Abdullah in the preseason opener</a>, showing us all that, even in Year 9, he still boasts top-notch recovery speed. With a better defensive supporting cast than he had in New England, <i>Revis</i> might be better. 7

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    Cornerback: Darrelle Revis, New York Jets

    Hard to argue against Revis on this year's All-Pro team. Saw him run down Ameer Abdullah in the preseason opener, showing us all that, even in Year 9, he still boasts top-notch recovery speed. With a better defensive supporting cast than he had in New England, Revis might be better.

  • How do you pick someone <i>other</i> than Revis or Sherman? Chris Harris Jr. made <a href="http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap3000000494992/blank">my All-Underrated Team</a>, yet it can be pointed out that Aqib Talib always faces the WR1s. Patrick Peterson is not in Sherman's class. And if the NFC Championship Game was any indication, you still can't pick on Sherm. 6

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    Cornerback: Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

    How do you pick someone other than Revis or Sherman? Chris Harris Jr. made my All-Underrated Team, yet it can be pointed out that Aqib Talib always faces the WR1s. Patrick Peterson is not in Sherman's class. And if the NFC Championship Game was any indication, you still can't pick on Sherm.

  • Weddle is ticked off about the state of contract talks. That usually leads to a big season. The guy was already fantastic last year, allowing zero touchdown catches while being more than solid in run support. A team leader, he is the second-best player in San Diego, behind only Philip Rivers. 5

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    Safety: Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers

    Weddle is ticked off about the state of contract talks. That usually leads to a big season. The guy was already fantastic last year, allowing zero touchdown catches while being more than solid in run support. A team leader, he is the second-best player in San Diego, behind only Philip Rivers.

  • First things first: Smith owns a superb first name. Moving right along ... The former Notre Dame standout enjoyed a marvelous season under first-year coach Mike Zimmer in 2014. He was a beast in run support, while yielding a paltry 65.3 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks and picking off five passes. 4

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    Safety: Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

    First things first: Smith owns a superb first name. Moving right along ... The former Notre Dame standout enjoyed a marvelous season under first-year coach Mike Zimmer in 2014. He was a beast in run support, while yielding a paltry 65.3 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks and picking off five passes.

  • If you were to say either Dan Bailey or Steven Hauschka is the best kicker in the NFL, you wouldn't get an argument from me. However, Tucker gets the nod due to his range, consistency and how much the Ravens' offense might lean on him -- especially with such youth in the passing game. 3

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    Kicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

    If you were to say either Dan Bailey or Steven Hauschka is the best kicker in the NFL, you wouldn't get an argument from me. However, Tucker gets the nod due to his range, consistency and how much the Ravens' offense might lean on him -- especially with such youth in the passing game.

  • Morstead only booted the ball 58 times last season, one of the lower figures in the league. Methinks he will be used more this season. The Saints appear poised to upping the run side of their run-pass mix, leaning less on vertical plays and more on sustained drives. #fieldposition 2

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    Punter: Thomas Morstead, New Orleans Saints

    Morstead only booted the ball 58 times last season, one of the lower figures in the league. Methinks he will be used more this season. The Saints appear poised to upping the run side of their run-pass mix, leaning less on vertical plays and more on sustained drives. #fieldposition

  • It's always fun to place a rookie somewhere on the All-Pro squad. Last year, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000452986/article/2014-allpro-teams-analysis-of-the-full-rosters">Zack Martin made the official team</a>. How about this Seahawks true freshman at returner? Lockett could be key for an earthbound Seattle offense, which will benefit from the brand of explosion this guy <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap3000000510444/Preseason-Week-1-Tyler-Lockett-highlights">has displayed in the preseason</a>. 1

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    Returner: Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

    It's always fun to place a rookie somewhere on the All-Pro squad. Last year, Zack Martin made the official team. How about this Seahawks true freshman at returner? Lockett could be key for an earthbound Seattle offense, which will benefit from the brand of explosion this guy has displayed in the preseason.

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