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PSR 2011 All-Pro Team

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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the 15-1 Green Bay Packers leads the way for PSR's 2011 NFL All-Pro team, compiled by Scott Kromko.

Offense
QB: Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
Leading the Packers to a 15-1 record, Rodgers was second in the league with 45 TD passes this season and led the way, by a large margin, with his 122.6 quarterback rating.

RB: LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles
Shady ran for a league-leading 17 touchdowns and broke the Eagles franchise record for regular season TD carries. The former Pitt back was the anchor to the Eagles offense.

WR:  Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions; Wes Welker – New England Patriots
“Megatron” was among league leaders in every receiving statistical category, catching 16 touchdown passes and accumulating an NFL-best 1,681 receiving yards. Welker led the league in receptions (122), was second receiving yards (1,569) and caught 9 touchdown passes.photo by Chuck LeClaire

TE: Rob Gronkowski  - New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski has quickly grown to be one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets in the last two seasons. The Woodland Hills grad broke the league’s records for touchdowns and yards (1,327) by a tight end this season. His 17 TD catches led the league.

OT: Eric Winston – Houston Texans; Jason Peters – Philadelphia Eagles
With Andre Johnson missing a good deal of time, Winston and the rest of the Texans line stepped up and secured their franchise’s first playoff berth. With Peters leading the way in Philly, LeSean McCoy set Eagles records for a running back.

OG: Carl Nicks – New Orleans Saints; Brian Waters – New England Patriots
Great in pass protection for a pass-first team, Nicks also opened up holes for RB Darren Sproles, allowing the Saints to establish a more balanced offense. A key anchor on the Pats line, Waters allows the running game to take some pressure of off Tom Brady.

C: Nick Mangold – New York Jets
The Jets struggled in 2011, but there was no questioning Mangold’s ability in the middle of the line. Keeping ample protection for Mark Sanchez and opening up the middle for the Jets running attack are two ways Mangold kept his team in the playoff hunt.

Defense:
DE: Jared Allen – Minnesota Vikings; Jason Pierre-Paul – New York Giants
Allen had 22 sacks through and was among league leaders in forced fumbles with four. The Giants' Pierre-Paul is an absolute beast on the field and finished fourth in sacks with 16.5.

DT: Justin Smith – San Francisco 49ers; Haloti Ngata – Baltimore Ravens
Smith wreaks havoc on any offensive line the 49ers face and is one of the league’s leading pass rushers, helping clinch the NFC West for the Niners. Ngata is one of the most dominant pass rushers and run defenders in the game.

MLB: NaVorro Bowman – San Francisco 49ers
When Patrick Willis missed a few games late this season, Bowman proved he is one of the top linebackers in the league. He finished second in the league with 122 solo tackles.

OLB: LaMarr Woodley – Pittsburgh Steelers; Terrell Suggs – Baltimore Ravens
With nine sacks on the season, Woodley is a a constant pass-rushing force on one of the top defenses in the league. Causing problems for every offensive line in football, Suggs keys the Ravens pass-rush and run defense.

CB: Darrelle Revis – New York Jets;  Johnathan Joseph – Houston Texans
Quarterbacks rarely throw to receivers covered by Revis, but he had four interceptions returned for 184 yards this season as the NFL’s premier shut-down corner A key part in the Texans pass defense, Joseph’s opponents only complete 51 percent of passes thrown on his side of the field.

S: Troy Polamalu – Pittsburgh Steelers; Ed Reed – Baltimore Ravens
Polamalu, the defending NFL Defensive Player of the Year, remains one of the NFL’s leading defensive playmakers. While Ed Reed isn’t making huge defensive plays like he used to, he is still among the best free-roaming safeties in the league and never gets beat deep.

Special Teams:
KR: Joe McKnight - New York Jets
McKnight had more 40+ returns than anyone in the NFL this season with 33 and his 31.6 return average was fifth in the league, His 107-yard TD was the second-longest return of the year and his consistent long returns put his offense in good position every week.

PR: Patrick Peterson – Arizona Cardinals
The rookie out of LSU has become one of the league’s most feared punt returners, up there with all-time great Devin Hester and DeSean Jackson. He led the league in punt returns for touchdowns with four and averaged over 15 yards per runback.

K: David Akers – San Francisco 49ersphoto by Jeffrey Beall
Akers led the league in scoring with 166 points on the season and was among the league leaders in every statistical kicking category.

P: Shane Lechler – Oakland Raiders
Arguably the best punter in the NFL for the last few years, Lechler averaged 50.8 yards per punt and landed 28 punts inside the opponents’ 20 yard-line.

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