Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith faced stiff competition to make this year's All-Pro team, but his team's losing season cannot be blamed for the snub -- Browns left tackle Joe Thomas made the cut. Smith was elite in pass protection, like Thomas and Cincinnati Bengals LT Andre Whitworth -- who also made the team. He allowed just 22 total pressures this season. Thoams and Whitworth allowed 24 and 20 respectively, per Pro Football Focus. Where Smith stood out above his competition was as a run-blocker. He earned PFF's highest run-blocking grade among all offensive tackles while paving the way for former first-round bust Darren McFadden to rush for 1,089 yards on just 239 carries. Smith made the second team, but he was deserving of the first.
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Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings
Thomas Davis had another excellent season for the Panthers, and performed well in the counting stats, but he did not make nearly the same impact as Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr. In just his second NFL season, Barr has emerged as a three-down linebacker capable of performing at a high level as a pass-rusher, in pass coverage and against the run. Barr missed just four tackles all season -- eight less than Davis. He also allowed just 361 yards receiving against and one touchdown compared to 495 yards against and five touchdowns for Davis. It's a shame that a defense as stout as Minnesota's didn't receive any first-team All-Pro selections -- Barr was the most notable miss.
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Pat DiMarco, Atlanta Falcons
Mike Tolbert's name, history and ability to impact the football game in many diferent ways earned him this selection, but he was not the most deserving fullback. The NFL doens't utilize the fullback like it used to, but DiMarco is a throwback who finished with the second-most snaps at the position and paved the way for Devonta Freeman to rush for 1,061 yards. According to Pro Football Focus, DiMarco finished with the top grade among all fullbacks, and the second-highest graded player wasn't even close.
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Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Richard Sherman has never stopped short of announcing to us that he believes he is the NFL's best cornerback, and this year he backed it up. Sherman was asked to move around the formation more often and shadow the No. 1 wide receiver at times this season due to Seattle's struggles at the other cornerback spots. Sherman responded admirably. He allowed an opposing passer rating of just 68.0 -- giving up just 433 yards in coverage and two touchdowns. Sherman shadowed Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and held him to just 51 yards on six receptions -- Brown finished with 1,834 yards and 136 receptions on the season.
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Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys
The second-year guard turned in another dominant season, but he was not rewarded with a first-team All-Pro selection. Martin lost out to Marshall Yanda and David DeCastro. Although DeCastro had a strong season, he allowed 28 total quarterback pressures compared to just 15 for Martin, per Pro Football Focus. Martin also earned much higher grades as a run blocker. America's team got snubbed twice along the offensive line.
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Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs
First of all, no one is arguing that Luke Kuechly didn't deserve the selection here at inside linebacker. However, Kuechly was joined by 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman. While Bowman's comeback story was admirable, he was not nearly the same caliber player Johnson was this season. As the man in the middle of one of the NFL's elite defenses, Johnson was exceptional not only against the run, but also in pass coverage. He allowed just 338 yards and zero touchdowns with two interceptions in primary coverage, per Pro Football Focus. Bowman allowed 604 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions.
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Weston Richburg, New York Giants
In the NFC East, the Giants' second year center may have not gotten as much love as the player he lost to -- Panthers center Ryan Kalil -- but he was the better offensive lineman throughout the season. After playing guard during his rookie season, Richburg transitioned back to center in 2015 and emerged as one of the NFL's best interior lineman. Per Pro Football Focus, Richburg allowed just 12 quarterback pressures all season and zero sacks. PFF has Kalil marked with having allowed 18 total pressures and three sacks. Former Pro Bowl center LeCharles Bentley called Richburg the "best center in the league" earlier this season.
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Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings
It's no surprise that when Harrison Smith was out with an injury this season, the Vikings' defense collapsed. Smith put together an All-Pro season at safety, patrolling the deep half of the field while also making plays around the line of scrimmage. Opposing quarterbacks had a 43.3 passer rating when targeting Smith, he allowed just one touchdown in coverage and he missed just six tackles all season -- these are elite numbers at the safety position. Eric Berry's comeback story was an excllent one, but Smith made the greatest impact on any safety in 2015.