2012 NFL All-Division Teams

By Pete Prisco | Senior NFL Columnist


Easiest pick on any All-AFC East team: Uh, Tom Brady.

Toughest pick: Right tackle. Are any of them any good?

The AFC East is a division that features one of the NFL's best teams in the New England Patriots, which is why I was surprised that there are only eight Patriots on my All-Division team, led by Brady. The Jets also have eight, which shows you the value of the quarterback position.

In putting together the defense, I used a 4-3 front because three of the four teams are basically now 4-3 teams. So some players are slotted into the 4-3 who really play a 3-4 scheme, such as Sione Pouha of the Jets. He plays nose, but for this team he's listed as a defensive tackle.


R. Gronkowski J. Long A. Levitre N Mangold B. Moore S. Vollmer
W. Welker T. Brady S. Johnson
R. Bush C. Clay

QB -- Tom Brady, Patriots: He is getting older, but his skills are still at a high level. This was an easy choice.
RB -- Reggie Bush, Dolphins: He gets the spot here after having an impressive 2011 season for the Dolphins. He can run it and catch it.
FB -- Charles Clay, Dolphins: He isn't a pure fullback, but he can do so many things for the Dolphins.
WR -- Wes Welker, Patriots: All he does is catch passes. He led the league in receptions and he is a threat in the middle of the field.
WR -- Steve Johnson, Bills: In a division that lacks big-time receivers, I go with Johnson over Santonio Holmes.
TE -- Rob Gronkowski, Patriots: He emerged as a star at the position in 2011. He is a tough cover for a linebacker or a safety.
LT -- Jake Long, Dolphins: He remains one of the league's best left tackles, even if his play slipped some last season.
LG -- Andy Levitre, Bills: I give Levitre, one of the underrated players, the nod over Logan Mankins, who didn't play great last season and is coming off ACL surgery.
C -- Nick Mangold, Jets: He is the rock in the middle of the Jets line. Did you see how they played without him?
RG -- Brandon Moore, Jets: He is a steady right guard playing next to a bad right tackle.
RT -- Sebastian Vollmer, Patriots: He has some injury concerns, but this is a bad position in the division, so he gets the nod.


M. Williams V. Wilfork S. Pouha C. Wake
C. Pace D. Harris J. Mayo
D. Revis J. Byrd G. Wilson A. Cromartie

LE -- Mario Williams, Bills: He comes over from Houston to give the Bills a dominant edge rush.
DT -- Vince Wilfork, Patriots: He is a powerful force in the middle of the Patriots defense. If his weight is in check, he's one of the best.
DT -- Sione Pouha, Jets: You might not know him but he is a power player against the run.
RE -- Cameron Wake, Dolphins: He moves to outside end in a 4-3, which will take some adjusting. But he has played with his hand down some.
OLB -- Calvin Pace, Jets: He is a 3-4 rush guy who is a solid player. He gets the nod here in a weak spot for the division.
MLB/ILB -- David Harris, Jets: He is an underrated player who is now finally getting some acclaim. He's a tackling machine.
OLB -- Jerod Mayo, Patriots: He has been a steady force since his rookie season. He knows how to find the football.
CB -- Darrelle Revis, Jets: Is there a better corner in the game? Nope. He can shut down the top receivers.
CB -- Antonio Cromartie, Jets: He has the freakish athletic ability that allows him to excel in man coverage. He does get too many penalties.
Nickel -- Terence McGee, Bills: It looks like he will be the guy in Buffalo, and if he is, he's a nice third corner.
SS -- George Wilson, Bills: He has range and he will tackle. That's a nice combination.
FS -- Jairus Byrd, Bills: After a down year in 2010, he bounced back to play at a high level in 2011.

Special Teams

J. McKnight S. Gostkowski Z. Mesko

K -- Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots: Adam Vinatieri who? He has replaced him and done a heck of a job.
P -- Zoltan Mesko, Patriots: He has a huge leg, even for a team that doesn't punt that much.
KR -- Joe McKnight, Jets: He is a top kickoff return man who led the AFC in that category.

Honorable mention: LG Logan Mankins, Patriots; C Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets; MLB Kelvin Sheppard, Bills; DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets; RBs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, Bills.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre


CBSSports Shop

Men's New Era Navy Los Angeles Rams NE Speed Training Mesh 9FORTY Adjustable Hat

NFL Training Camp Gear
Get yours today!
Shop Now