The league, as voted on by the Associated Press, announced first and second team All-Pro players recently. Two Arizona Cardinals made the list. Following suit, other outlets are also making their picks of the best players at each position.
Pro Football Focus published their All-Pro team and again there are a trio of Cardinals. Instead of Patrick Peterson and Karlos Dansby, it is Tyrann Mathieu and Justin Bethel, with Peterson making their second team.
It should come as no surprise that no one on offense made it. There were strides made, but no one on the Cardinals offense really can be considered the league's best .
PFF passed up Dansby, but Mathieu made it in a category that the league does not have -- slot cornerback, where Mathieu excelled.
It wasn't an easy call, they wrote.
If we're going to have a slot receiver then we need a slot corner. In a heated discussion, the complete play of Mathieu - who played base downs as a safety and moved to the slot in the Cardinals' nickel and dime packages - won out despite him missing time toward the end of the season. Harris makes the second team in large part due to his overall game, an area where Brandon Boykin missed out. Being so close to the action, we liked our slot cornerback to have a bigger impact on more areas than just coverage.
Bethel making it as a special teamer should surprise no one who watched him for the Cardinals.
Bethel was superb and played in a way that made this the easiest of selections. They don't make special teamers like him.
Peterson was a second team cornerback, behind Miami's Brent Grimes and a Tampa's Darrelle Revis. Seattle's Richard Sherman was a second team selection with Peterson.