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Prisco's Midseason All-Pro team

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Lions sensation Calvin Johnson goes over or runs past defenders. (US Presswire)  
Lions sensation Calvin Johnson goes over or runs past defenders. (US Presswire)  

QB, Aaron Rodgers, Packers: By far, the easiest pick on here. Rodgers will take down a lot of records at this pace.

RB, Matt Forte, Bears: He leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage and is making a strong case to get paid.

WR, Calvin Johnson, Lions: Megatron is putting up huge numbers and is often doubled to boot.

WR, Wes Welker, Patriots: I gave him a slight edge over Carolina's Steve Smith. Welker does lead the league in catches.

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WR, Steve Smith, Panthers: After a bad 2010 season, there was talk he was slowing down. Yeah, right.

TE, Jimmy Graham, Saints: He has emerged as a big part of the Saints offense in his second season. He is the prototype for the modern tight end.

LT, Jared Veldheer, Raiders: He had an off game last week against the Broncos, but he has been dominant for much of the season.

LG, Andy Levitre, Bills: He isn't a household name, but he was outstanding before moving to left tackle the past two weeks.

C, Chris Myers, Texans: He is perfect for their scheme, an athletic player who knows the tricks of the trade. He's a big reason why the Texans are running for so many yards.

RG, Brian Waters, Patriots: After rotating in Week 1, he has settled in to be the team's best guard -- even better than Logan Mankins.

RT, David Stewart, Titans: He leads what is a bad position around the league. He isn't the reason Chris Johnson isn't getting going.

K, Josh Scobee, Jaguars: He hasn't missed yet, making 14 for 14, which includes making all five from 50 and beyond.

Defense

E, Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants: This second-year player has 9½ sacks and he has also done a great job against the run.

T-E, Ray McDonald, 49ers: He has been a force against the run all season long. I think he has outplayed Justin Smith.

T, Richard Seymour, Raiders: Aside from dumb penalties, he's having a big year.

E, Jared Allen, Vikings: He has a league-high 12 1/2 sacks and has also played against the run well.

OLB, DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys: He is second in the league in sacks with 12.

OLB, LaMarr Woodley, Steelers: He started slow and then came on strong before missing last week's game with a hamstring injury.

ILB, Brian Cushing, Texans: He leads the Texans in tackles and has been all over the field after a subpar 2010 season. The move inside has really helped his career.

CB, Darrelle Revis, Jets: He is once again proving to be the best cover corner in the game. He is also getting some picks this season.

CB, Corey Webster, Giants: When Terrell Thomas went down, Webster stepped up. Playing in the same city with Revis, he doesn't get his due.

SS, George Wilson, Bills: He might not be a household name like the guy in Pittsburgh with the long hair, but he has been better. This former receiver is a player.

FS, Eric Weddle, Chargers: He leads the NFL in picks with five. There was a reason San Diego wanted him back.

P, Shane Lechler, Raiders: He might be the best punter ever.

Return man. Patrick Peterson, Cardinals: He has three punt returns for touchdown in eight games. Wow.


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
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