There are a lot of sports awards, but being named to an NFL All-Pro squad is something special.
There's no trophy, no presentation and no red-carpet affair, but receiving the honor puts a player at the very top of his profession. Only one or two out of dozens or hundreds that play each position are chosen for the annual Associated Press All-Pro squad.
If a player makes the AP All-Pro first team three times, he's got better-than-even odds to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
According to Pro Football Reference, only 81 eligible players with at least three first-team All-Pro nominations aren't in the Hall of Fame. The other 134 players with three or more first-team All-Pro nods are already enshrined in Canton.
At Bleacher Report, we polled our NFL Lead Writers to nominate a preseason first-team All-Pro squad. This isn't an award for preseason performance, but our projection for this season's best players at each position.
As with the AP's list, we'll be naming two defensive tackles, two defensive ends, two outside linebackers and an inside linebacker—but that doesn't mean we're putting together an actual 4-3 starting lineup or only choosing from defensive players who line up in a 4-3. All defensive players are being voted on based on the official position they play.
Before we get to Bleacher Report's projected roster of the NFL's best players, here are our esteemed voters: