The good divisions make it tough when picking an all-division team.
As for the defense, I went with a 3-4 front because the Ravens and Steelers use that style and they have been the class of the division.
|J. Gresham||J. Thomas||W. Colon||A. Mack||M. Yanda||A. Smith|
|A. Green||B. Roethlisberger||M. Wallace|
|R. Rice||V. Leach|
QB -- Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers: He remains one of the top quarterbacks in the league and has a firm grip on this spot.
RB -- Ray Rice, Ravens: He is the class runner of this division, a do-it-all back who is just now entering his prime.
FB -- Vonta Leach, Ravens: Watch him sledgehammer linebackers and you will know why he's on this team.
WR -- A.J. Green, Bengals: He was special as a rookie and barely had time to understand the offense. Watch out in 2012.
WR -- Mike Wallace, Steelers: I picked him over teammate Antonio Brown and Baltimore's Torrey Smith, but it was close.
TE -- Jermaine Gresham, Bengals: It's time the Bengals used him more like the receiving tight end he can be.
LT -- Joe Thomas, Browns: He was an easy pick here and remains one of the league's better tackles.
LG -- Willie Colon, Steelers: He moves inside to guard from tackle and is having a heck of a summer doing so.
C -- Alex Mack, Browns: This was a tough pick, but I took Mack over Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey.
RG -- Marshall Yanda, Ravens: He is a tough, physical guard who is finally getting the due he deserves.
RT -- Andre Smith, Bengals: He has slimmed down and played well in 2011. This could be his breakout season.
Defense (3-4 front)
|Z. Hood||G. Atkins||H. Ngata|
|L. Woodley||R. Lewis||D. Jackson||J. Harrison|
|L. Webb||E. Reed||T. Polamalu||J. Haden|
LE -- Ziggy Hood, Steelers: This former first-round pick is ready for big things in the Steelers' 3-4 defense.
RE -- Haloti Ngata, Ravens: He was bothered by a leg issue and didn't play as well in 2011, but he should be back to his brutish ways.
DT -- Geno Atkins, Bengals: He was the class of the division playing inside in the Bengals' 4-3 system. He dominated Yanda in a game last season.
OLB -- LaMarr Woodley, Steelers: He is a force coming off the edge, but he's also good at playing the run.
ILB/MLB -- Ray Lewis, Ravens: He isn't the player he once was, but he's still worthy of this spot. He dropped some weight to help improve his pass coverage, which he needed.
ILB/MLB -- D'Qwell Jackson, Browns: Outside of Cleveland, most don't know this name. But he is real thumper.
OLB -- James Harrison, Steelers: His skills have diminished some, but he's still the guy for this spot with Terrell Suggs down.
CB -- Lardarius Webb, Ravens: He didn't give up a touchdown pass last season, earning this spot.
CB -- Joe Haden, Browns: He's on the verge of being an elite cover player. It's too bad he's suspended early.
Nickel -- Jimmy Smith, Ravens: He might start, but if he doesn't he's the division's best nickel corner.
SS -- Troy Polamalu, Steelers: Is he as good as many think he is? No. But he's still damn good.
FS -- Ed Reed, Ravens: The aging version of Ed Reed isn't what he once was, but he's still smart and can make it rough for opposing quarterbacks.
|J. Cribbs||M. Nugent||S. Koch|
K -- Mike Nugent, Bengals: He was third in the conference in scoring and made 33 of his 38 field goals.
P -- Sam Koch, Ravens: He averaged 46.5 per punt last season.
KR -- Josh Cribbs, Browns: I gave him a slight edge over Antonio Brown.