2017 All-Pro Team

The 2017 All-Pro teams were named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and Sporting News (SN) for performance in the 2017 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2018 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book and also part of the language of the 2011 NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any player selected to the first-team of any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro." The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers and broadcasters. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and will be released at a later date. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

Teams

Offense
Position First team Second team
Quarterback Tom Brady, New England (AP, PFWA, SN) Carson Wentz, Philadelphia (AP-2)
Running back Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (AP, PFWA, SN)
Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (PFWA, SN)
Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (AP-2)
Flex Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (AP) Alvin Kamara, New Orleans (AP-2)
Tight end Rob Gronkowski, New England (AP, PFWA)
Travis Kelce, Kansas City (SN)
Travis Kelce, Kansas City (AP-2)
Wide receiver Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (AP, PFWA, SN)
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston (AP, PFWA)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (SN)
Julio Jones, Atlanta (AP-2)

Adam Thielen, Minnesota (AP-2)
Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams (AP) David Bakhtiari, Green Bay (AP-2)
Left guard Andrew Norwell, Carolina (AP) Rodger Saffold, Los Angeles Rams (AP-2)
Center Jason Kelce, Philadelphia (AP, PFWA)
Alex Mack, Atlanta (SN)
Alex Mack, Atlanta (AP-2)
Right guard David DeCastro, Pittsburgh (AP) Zack Martin, Dallas (AP-2)
Right tackle Lane Johnson, Philadelphia (AP) Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City (AP-2)
Daryl Williams, Carolina (AP-2)
Guard David DeCastro, Pittsburgh (PFWA, SN)
Zack Martin, Dallas (PFWA, SN)
Tackle Lane Johnson, Philadelphia (PFWA)
Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams (PFWA)
Taylor Lewan, Tennessee Titans (SN)
Trent Williams, Washington Redskins (SN)
Special teams
Position First team Second team
Kicker Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams (AP, PFWA, SN) Justin Tucker, Baltimore (AP-2)
Punter Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams (AP, PFWA)
Brett Kern, Tennessee (SN)
Brett Kern, Tennessee (AP-2)
Kick returner Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams (AP, PFWA, SN) Tyler Lockett, Seattle (AP-2)
Punt returner Jamal Agnew, Detroit (AP, PFWA, SN) Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams (AP-2)
Special teams Budda Baker, Arizona (AP, PFWA) Matthew Slater, New England (AP-2)
Defense
Position First team Second team
Edge rusher Calais Campbell, Jacksonville (AP, PFWA)
Cameron Jordan, New Orleans (AP, PFWA, SN)
Everson Griffen, Minnesota (SN)
Everson Griffen, Minnesota (AP-2)
Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas (AP-2)
Interior lineman Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams (AP, PFWA, SN)
Cam Heyward, Pittsburgh (AP)
Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia (PFWA, SN)
Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia (AP-2)
Calais Campbell, Jacksonville (AP-2)
Linebacker Chandler Jones, Arizona (AP, PFWA, SN)
Bobby Wagner, Seattle (AP, PFWA, SN)
Luke Kuechly, Carolina (AP, SN)
Von Miller, Denver (PFWA)
Von Miller, Denver (AP-2)
C.J. Mosley, Baltimore (AP-2)
Telvin Smith, Jacksonville (AP-2)
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville (AP, PFWA, SN)
Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota (AP, PFWA, SN)
Casey Hayward, Los Angeles Chargers (AP-2)
A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville (AP-2)
Safety Kevin Byard, Tennessee (AP, PFWA)
Harrison Smith, Minnesota (AP, PFWA, SN)
Earl Thomas, Seattle (SN)
Earl Thomas, Seattle (AP-2)
Micah Hyde, Buffalo (AP-2)
Defensive back Darius Slay, Detroit (AP) Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota (AP-2)

Key

AP = Associated Press first-team All-Pro[1]

AP-2 = Associated Press second-team All-Pro[1]

AP-2t = Tied for second-team All-Pro in the AP vote

PFWA = Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL[2]

SN = Sporting News All-Pro

Position differences:

PFWA did not separate the tackles and guards into more specific positions as the AP did.

References

  1. ^ a b "2017 All-Pro Team". Associated Press. January 5, 2018. Archived from the original on Jan 5, 2018. Retrieved Jan 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "PFWA 2017 All-NFL, All-AFC and All-NFC teams announced". profootballwriters.org. January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
2014 NFL Draft

The 2014 NFL draft was the 79th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible football players to the league. The draft, officially the "Player Selection Meeting", was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, on May 8th through May 10th, 2014. One of the most anticipated drafts in recent years kicked off on May 8, 2014 at 8 pm EDT. The draft was moved from its traditional time frame in late April due to a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall.There was early discussion and rumors leading up to the draft on the future of staying at the current location in New York City, where it had been held since 1965. Given the increased interest the draft had garnered over the past decade, there was belief that the event may have outgrown Radio City Music Hall, which had been the venue for the past nine drafts. The possibility of extending the draft to four days was also being discussed throughout the months leading up to the draft. The NFL decided in that summer that the 2015 NFL Draft will take place at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

The Houston Texans opened the draft by selecting defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from the University of South Carolina. The last time a defensive player was taken with the first overall selection was in 2006, when the Texans selected Mario Williams. The Texans also closed the draft with the selection of safety Lonnie Ballentine of the University of Memphis as Mr. Irrelevant, which is the title given to the final player selected.The 2014 NFL draft made history when the St. Louis Rams selected Michael Sam in the seventh round. Sam, who became the first openly gay player to ever be drafted in the NFL, was selected 249th out of 256 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. After this, Sam's jersey was the second best selling rookie jersey on the NFL's website. Sam came out publicly in the months leading up to the draft.A few notable players drafted in 2014 were Jimmy Garoppolo, Johnny Manziel, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles, Khalil Mack, Odell Beckham Jr., Aaron Donald, Anthony Barr, Allen Robinson, Jadeveon Clowney, Mike Evans, Devonta Freeman, Martavis Bryant, and Sammy Watkins.

2017 Denver Broncos season

The 2017 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League and the 58th overall.

The Broncos underwent numerous coaching changes during the offseason, after Vance Joseph was hired as the team's new head coach. Joseph replaced Gary Kubiak, the team's head coach during the previous two seasons, who was forced to retire from coaching due to health concerns.

After a 3–1 start, the Broncos suffered through an 8-game losing streak — the team's longest since 1967. Poor offensive performances, along with a quarterback carousel, contributed to the losing skid. In terms of statistics, the Broncos' defense ranked in the top five in total yards, rushing yards and passing yards, but had the league's second-worst turnover differential (ahead of only the winless Cleveland Browns), surrendered the third-most sacks and ranked 27th in points per game. The Broncos also failed to score 20 or more points in 10 of their 16 games, and scored 30 or more only once.

The Broncos missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season, clinched a losing record for the first time since 2010 and suffered only their fourth losing season since John Elway's retirement after the 1998 season.

2017 Green Bay Packers season

The 2017 Green Bay Packers season was their 99th season overall, 97th season in the National Football League, and the 12th under head coach Mike McCarthy. After reaching the NFC Championship Game in the previous season, the Packers failed to improve a 10–6 record from 2016 and were eliminated from postseason contention after Week 15, making this the first time since 2008 that they failed to make the playoffs. After a 4-1 start, the Packers lost starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a collarbone injury during the week 6 game against the Minnesota Vikings, and went on to lose 8 of the 11 remaining games. A loss to the Lions in week 17 secured the Packers’ first losing season since 2008.

The Packers' opponents in this season were almost identical to that of their 2005 season in which the team finished 4-12; this season the Packers faced the Seattle Seahawks, and teams from the NFC South & AFC North. The lone difference between these two seasons was that the team faced the Dallas Cowboys, replacing the Philadelphia Eagles, as the Cowboys won the NFC East in 2016.

Adrian Amos

Adrian Gerald Amos, Jr. (born April 29, 1993) is an American football safety for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State.

Rob Gronkowski

Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk," is a former American football tight end who played his entire professional career for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was a three-time Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI, LIII), a five-time Pro Bowl and four-time First Team All-Pro selection, and was the highest ranked tight end in the NFL Top 100 Players for six consecutive years from 2013 to 2018.

Gronkowski played college football at the University of Arizona, winning several awards, including being named a Sporting News and Rivals.com Freshman All-American. The Patriots drafted Gronkowski in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 42nd pick, after missing his junior year due to back surgery.

Notable for being a skilled receiver and talented blocker, Gronkowski set several NFL records including being the only one of his position to lead the league in receiving touchdowns (17) in 2011. He also has the most seasons with 1,000+ receiving yards by a tight end with four and the most career postseason receiving yards by a tight end (1,163)– the only tight end in NFL history to reach 1,000 or more yards. He has the most career postseason receiving touchdowns for his position with 12, as well as the most combined receptions (23) and receiving yards (297) by a tight end in Super Bowl history. He is ranked first in both average receiving yards per game (68.4) and average touchdowns per game (0.69) among tight ends.Gronkowski is one of most recognizable football players of the 2010s with a larger-than-life personality on and off the field. With his numerous accomplishments and accolades, he is regarded by many sports analysts, writers, and peers as not only one of football's finest players but the greatest tight end to ever play the game.

Tyler Lockett

Tyler Deron Lockett (born September 28, 1992) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kansas State.

Lockett is the son and nephew of professional football players, and was a prominent member of three state high school championship teams—two in football and a third in basketball. In college, he set numerous Kansas State football records and was both a 2011 All-American (as a kickoff returner) & 2014 College Football All-America Team consensus All-American selection (as a punt returner). In college, he totaled 6,586 career all-purpose yards and 35 touchdowns, including 3,710 yards and 29 touchdowns as a receiver.

Through the first nine games of his freshman college season for the 2011 Wildcats, Lockett led the nation in average yards per kickoff return, but he was injured and missed the rest of the season. Nonetheless, he was afterward recognized as an All-American return specialist. In 2012, he was an honorable mention All-Big 12 performer for the 2012 team. In 2013, he was a first team All-Big 12 performer for the 2013 team at both wide receiver and all-purpose receiver. That season, he established Kansas State school records for single-game receiving yards, single game all-purpose yards and career kickoff return yards. As a senior for the 2014 team, he surpassed his own father's school records for career receiving yards, career receptions and career receiving touchdowns. As a senior, he was the Big 12 Conference leader in receiving yards and the national leader in punt return average.

A two-time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, Lockett began his NFL career as NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September 2015 when he posted both a punt and kickoff return touchdown in his first three games. He became the second rookie to win multiple Special Teams Player Of The Month awards and was the only rookie to be named 1st team All Pro for the 2015 NFL season. He was selected to the 2015 Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) NFL All-Rookie Team at three positions.

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