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Patrick Mahomes, Nick Bosa, Justin Jefferson Headline 2022 AP All-Pro 1st Team

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 13, 2023

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 23: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs meets with Nick Bosa #97 of the San Francisco 49ers at midfield after the game at Levi's Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Associated Press announced its first and second All-Pro teams for the 2022 NFL season on Friday.

The Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, Minnesota Vikings' Justin Jefferson, San Francisco 49ers' Nick Bosa and New York Jets' Sauce Gardner were among those honored as first-teamers.

2022 NFL All-Pro Teams

First-Team Offense

  • QB: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs 
  • RB: Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders 
  • WR: Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings; Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins; Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders 
  • TE: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs 
  • LT: Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers
  • LG: Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns 
  • C: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles 
  • RG: Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys 
  • RT: Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles

First-Team Defense

  • Edge: Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers; Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys 
  • DL: Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs; Quinnen Williams, New York Jets 
  • LB: Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers; Roquan Smith, Baltimore Ravens; Matt Milano, Buffalo Bills 
  • CB: Sauce Gardner, New York Jets; Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos 
  • S: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh Steelers; Talanoa Hufanga, San Francisco 49ers

First-Team Special Teams

  • K: Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas Raiders 
  • P: Tommy Townsend, Kansas City Chiefs 
  • KR: Keisean Nixon, Green Bay Packers
  • PR: Marcus Jones, New England Patriots 
  • ST: Jeremy Reaves, Washington Commanders 
  • LS: Andrew DePaola, Minnesota Vikings

Second-Team Offense

  • QB: Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
  • RB: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
  • WR: AJ Brown, Philadelphia Eagles; Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills; CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
  • TE: George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
  • LT: Andrew Thomas, New York Giants
  • LG: Joe Thuney, Kansas City Chiefs
  • C: Creed Humphrey, Kansas City Chiefs
  • RG: Chris Lindstrom, Atlanta Falcons
  • RT: Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Second-Team Defense

  • Edge: Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Haason Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles
  • DL: Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants; Jeffrey Simmons, Tennessee Titans
  • LB: Bobby Wagner, Los Angeles Rams; CJ Mosley, New York Jets; Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints 
  • CB: Jaire Alexander, Green Bay Packers; James Bradberry, Philadelphia Eagles
  • S: Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers; Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos

Second-Team Special Teams

  • K: Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
  • P: Ryan Stonehouse, Tennessee Titans
  • KR: Kene Nwangwu, Minnesota Vikings
  • PR: Kalif Raymond, Detroit Lions
  • ST: George Odum, San Francisco 49ers
  • LS: Nick Moore, Baltimore Ravens

Not surprisingly, Mahomes was a near-unanimous choice for the first team. He collected 49 out of 50 first-place votes from the AP's national media panel. Despite losing Tyreek Hill, another first-team honoree, this offseason, the 2018 MVP remained as prolific and efficient as ever.

Mahomes led the NFL in passing yards (5,250), touchdown passes (41) and QBR (77.6).

Jefferson and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce were the only unanimous selections at their respective positions.

Jefferson was one leg short of a receiving triple crown, pacing the league in receptions (128) and yards (1,809) while hauling in eight touchdowns. Kelce, meanwhile, enjoyed his seventh straight 1,000-yard season as he caught 110 passes for 1,338 yards and 12 scores.

On the defensive side, Bosa and Chiefs interior lineman Chris Jones matched Mahomes 49 votes. Bosa set a career-high with 18.5 sacks to go along with 19 tackles for loss and 48 quarterback hits. Jones finished with 15.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

The AP's Rob Maaddi noted Gardner is the first rookie cornerback to be named a first-team All-Pro since Ronnie Lott in 1981.

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Gardner had two interceptions and an NFL-high 20 passes defended in 17 starts.

"That's a big deal to me," he said to Maaddi. "It was one of my goals before training camp. It's something I pray for. I worked so hard for it. It's a true blessing for sure."

The closest vote came at the second safety position.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Minkah Fitzpatrick was a runaway choice for one of the two slots with 45 first-place votes. The San Francisco 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga had one fewer vote (12) than the next closest player, but he beat out the Los Angeles Chargers' Derwin James 45-39 in terms of overall voting points.