NFL Associated Press All-Pro Teams 2016: Complete List of Players and Reaction

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2017

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on January 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C.  Cox/Getty Images)
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The Associated Press announced the 2016 NFL All-Pro Teams on Friday, headlined by Atlanta Falcons signal-caller Matt Ryan, who beat out New England Patriots superstar Tom Brady for the first-team quarterback spot.

Here is a rundown of the entire First Team courtesy of the AP:

2016 AP NFL All-Pro First Team
PositionPlayerTeam
Offense
QBMatt RyanATL
RBEzekiel ElliottDAL
FlexDavid JohnsonARI
WRAntonio BrownPIT
WRJulio JonesATL
TETravis KelceKC
LTTyron SmithDAL
RTJack ConklinTEN
LGKelechi OsemeleOAK
RGZack MartinDAL
CTravis FrederickDAL
Defense
Edger RusherKhalil MackOAK
Edger RusherVic Beasley Jr.ATL
Interior LinemanAaron DonaldLA
Interior LinemanDamon HarrisonNYG
LBVon MillerDEN
LBBobby WagnerSEA
LBSean LeeDAL
CBAqib TalibDEN
CBMarcus PetersKC
SLandon CollinsNYG
SEric BerryKC
DBChris Harris Jr.DEN
Special Teams
KJustin TuckerBAL
PJohnny HekkerLA
KRCordarrelle PattersonMIN
PRTyreek HillKC
Special TeamerMatthew SlaterNE
Associated Press

Ryan and Brady are arguably the top two candidates for NFL MVP honors, and Matty Ice's selection over Brady—who missed four games due to a suspension—could be a sign of things to come in MVP voting.

The 2016 campaign was the best of Ryan's career, as he threw for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and just seven interceptions en route to leading Atlanta to the NFC South title.

Brady countered with 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions in 12 contests.

Additionally, three rookies made the All-Pro Team: Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Kansas City Chiefs punt returner Tyreek Hill and Tennessee Titans right tackle Jack Conklin.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, it was a banner year for first-year players in that regard:

Elliott was one of an NFL-high five players to make the team from the Cowboys, and he discussed the importance of the honor, per Barry Wilner of the AP:

It's special. Just to be able to come into this league my first year and dominate and just play at the level I'm playing, and just kind of get these honors already as a rookie, it means a lot. I was never even All-American in college. I was never a first-team All-American. I'll never get a Buckeye tree at Ohio State. That's the one thing that I regret the most.

Kind of seeing it come into the league and making All-Pro this rookie year, it definitely means a lot.

David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals joined Elliott as a running back selection, which left the Pittsburgh Steelers' Le'Veon Bell off the team despite a historic season, according to the Steelers' official Twitter account:

Including the three rookies, 17 players earned All-Pro honors for the first time in their careers. Only seven players named to the 2015 All-Pro Team repeated the honor in 2016.

The AP (h/t Levi Damien of SilverandBlackPride.com) also released the Second Team Friday:

2016 AP NFL All-Pro Second Team
PositionPlayerTeam
Offense
QBTom BradyNE
RBDavid JohnsonARI
FlexLe'Veon BellPIT
WROdell Beckham Jr.NYG
WRMike EvansTB
TEGreg OlsenCAR
LTDavid BakhtiariGB
RTMitchell SchwartzKC
RTMarcus CannonNE
LGMarshal YandaBAL
RGDavid DeCastroPIT
CAlex MackATL
Defense
Edger RusherJadeveon ClowneyHOU
Edger RusherCameron WakeMIA
Edger RusherOlivier VernonNYG
Edger RusherBrandon GrahamPHI
Interior LinemanNdamukong SuhMIA
Interior LinemanCalais CampbellARI
Interior LinemanGerald McCoyTB
LBLorenzo AlexanderBUF
LBLuke KuechlyCAR
LBLavonte DavidTB
LBC.J. MosleyBAL
LBZach BrownBUF
LBZachary OrrBAL
LBAlec OgletreeLA
LBDont'a HightowerNE
LBWhitney MercilusHOU
LBBernardrick McKinneyHOU
CBJanoris JenkinsNYG
CBCasey HaywardSD
CBMalcolm ButlerNE
SHa Ha Clinton-DixGB
SDevin McCourtyNE
DBDominique Rodgers-CromartieNYG
Special Teams
K--
PMarquette KingOAK
KRTyler LockettSEA
PR--
Special TeamerNate EbnerNE
Associated Press

Johnson was the only player to be named to both teams, as he made the First Team as a flex and the second team as a running back.

Although Brady was edged to First-Team honors, he did manage to headline the Second Team despite his four-game absence.

     

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