NFL All-Pro Voting 2011: Jared Allen and All-Pro Locks on Pathetic Teams

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 20: Jared Allen #69 and Kevin Williams #93 of the Minnesota Vikings run onto the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders on November 20, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Just because an elite player is bogged down by the rest of his sorry team doesn't mean he can't earn All-Pro honors.

There are a number of players who are guaranteed to receive the All-Pro designation despite playing for teams that are downright miserable.

Here are a few diamonds in the rough sure to top all-pro voting.

Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota Vikings

Jared Allen has 17.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Forget All-Pro, Allen is a serious contender for Defensive Player of the Year.

He's been a one-man wrecking crew for the Vikings, but it hasn't spared them a 2-11 fate thus far. Still, he is more than deserving of the recognition he is getting and no defender is having a better season.

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

It's astonishing that Maurice Jones-Drew is leading the NFL in rushing. Teams overload the box because they don't have to worry about the passing game whatsoever and still, MJD has rushed for 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns.

Unlike LeSean McCoy and Michael Turner, MoJo is the only weapon in his offense. Teams know he is getting the ball, yet only one team has held him to under 84 yards.

Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers

Steve Smith completely resurrected his career this season. His 1,217 receiving yards rank 2nd only to Wes Welker. He's the only player averaging over 18 YPG with over 1,000 yards receiving and has reestablished himself as one of the biggest headaches in the NFL.

With six games of 100 or more yards this season, Smith's ability to shine with a rookie QB under center and put up elite numbers makes him a lock for All-Pro honors.