Thursday, October 30, 2008
Midseason All-Pro team: Who's been best in NFL's first half?
By Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY
October 30, 2008
Who's en route to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl? USA TODAY chooses its top performers of the first half of the year with the midseason All-Pro team:
DE — Justin Tuck, Giants: No Strahan, no Osi, no problem. Versatile playmaker sparks still-dominant front.
DT — Kris Jenkins, Jets: With impact newcomer in 3-4 scheme, Jets run D has improved from 29th to fourth.
DT — Albert Haynesworth, Titans: Anchors NFL's stingiest defense; tied with Vikings' Kevin Williams for most sacks (six) by DT.
DE — John Abraham, Falcons: Few, if any, are as fast off the snap. His seven sacks, two forced fumbles evidence of impact.
OLB — James Harrison, Steelers: As emergency long-snapper, not so good. As force on the edge (8½ sacks), carries Pitt tradition.
MLB — London Fletcher, Redskins: Inspirational heartbeat of D always all over the field, and doesn't take plays off.
OLB — Joey Porter, Dolphins: Nope, not washed up. Leads NFL with 10½ sacks, already matching career high.
CB — Charles Woodson, Packers: Playing on broken toe, tied for NFL-high four INTs (two for TDs); snuffed out Reggie Wayne.
CB — Cortland Finnegan, Titans: With his four picks and playmaking skills, former seventh-rounder getting fewer passes his way.
CB — Antoine Winfield, Vikings: At 5-9, 180, great pound-for-pound value; maybe NFL's most underrated playmaker.
SS — Donte Whitner, Bills: No questions now about whether Buffalo reached to draft him eighth overall in 2006.
FS — Michael Griffin, Titans: Has emerged as a star in his second season; range reflected with four picks.