It is the middle of the season and Pro Football Focus has released its midseason All-Pro team. As has been the trend because of the team's success this year, the Arizona Cardinals have a few representatives. In fact, quarterback Carson Palmer leads the way.
Palmer, who has earned PFF's praise all season, is the quarterback on the All-Pro team, picked ahead of Tom Brady, although it is recognized picking Brady over Palmer would also be understandable.
At the top of our quarterback rankings two men stood out, and we can't really fault anyone who went in the direction of Brady. But we've settled on Palmer, with his intermediate and downfield aerial assault a key reason.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald makes the cut as well, joining Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown and Atlanta's Julio Jones.
Fitzgerald "slots" in as the inside receiver, with the dominant duo of Brown and Jones the clear choices on the outside.
Nobody on the offensive line gets in, nor at tight end, but that is understandable. Also, Calais Campbell is left on the list.
At cornerback, it is not Patrick Peterson who gets the nod. It is Tyrann Mathieu, although he really only plays corner in the slot. Otherwise he plays safety. PFF puts him on the list at CB, with Chris Harris in the slot. Mathieu is opposite Carolina's Josh Norman. It is almost as if they want Mathieu on the squad, but don't have a perfect place to put him, so he just ends up at cornerback.
With so much talent at the cornerback position, it's impossible to fit it all in (apologies to Ronald Darby, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Patrick Peterson, especially). That said, credit goes to the guys making either team, where Josh Norman is the obvious star with his massive start to the season.
Of course, the other player is special teams ace Justin Bethel. Who else would it be? He is truly unique.
One of the constants in the NFL is how Bethel is out of this world when it comes to his work as a vise.
Are there any players missing? Would you add Mike Iupati, Patrick Peterson or even Chris Johnson to this list?