2012 NFL All-Division Teams

By Pete Prisco | Senior NFL Columnist
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Quarterback is a tough call when picking the All-AFC West team. I love San Diego's Philip Rivers, and I think he is so underrated.

But I went with Denver's Peyton Manning. If he's healthy, which it looks like he is, he's the division's best.

Until he shows me otherwise, he's the pick here.

As for the rest of the team, there were some tough choices. I went with Oakland's Jared Veldheer at left tackle over two other good ones in Kansas City's Branden Albert and Denver's Ryan Clady.

As for the defense, the front I used was a 3-4 since the Chiefs and Chargers both use it. That meant slotting some guys in different spots, but they work for this team.

There are some good pass rushers in the division and if Melvin Ingram of the Chargers is what I think he will be -- Defensive Rookie of the Year -- it will be even better.

Offense

TE LT LG C RG RT
A. Gates J. Veldheer T. Green S. Wisniewski C. Kuper E. Winston
WR QB WR
D. Thomas P. Manning D. Bowe
RB FB
D. McFadden M. Reece

QB -- Peyton Manning, Broncos: He showed against the 49ers that he could be the same guy.
RB -- Darren McFadden, Raiders: He needs to stay on the field, but if he can he is as explosive as any back in the division.
FB -- Marcel Reece, Raiders: He isn't the normal fullback, but probably one more suited to the modern game.
WR -- Demaryius Thomas, Broncos: Watch him have his breakout season with Manning. He is big and can run.
WR -- Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs: He is playing for a big contract this season, which is always helpful.
TE -- Antonio Gates, Chargers: He has trimmed down in an effort to get back to his top-level form. I say he gets there.
LT -- Jared Veldheer, Raiders: This was a tough pick, but I gave it to Veldheer, a player who really impressed in 2011.
LG -- Tyronne Green, Chargers: He is a rising player who gets the spot at a bad position in the division.
C -- Stefen Wisniewski, Raiders: He played guard last season as a rookie, but should make a mark here.
RG -- Chris Kuper, Broncos: He's the best inside player on the Broncos and gets the spot over rising Jon Asamoah in Kansas City.
RT -- Eric Winston, Chiefs: He comes over as a free agent from the Texans and becomes the division's best right tackle.

Defense

LE NT/DT RE
R. Seymour T. Kelly G. Dorsey
OLB ILB/MLB ILB/MLB OLB
V. Miller D. Butler D. Johnson T. Hali
CB FS SS CB
C. Bailey E. Weddle E. Berry B. Flowers

LE -- Richard Seymour, Raiders: He has played tackle and end, but we put him at end here in the 3-4.
NT/DT -- Tommy Kelly, Raiders: He is coming off a good season, but he can be so much more.
RE -- Glenn Dorsey, Chiefs: In 2011, he played closer to what the Chiefs expected when they used a high first-round pick on him.
OLB -- Von Miller, Broncos: He was dominant as an edge rusher in 2011 and should be even better.
MLB/ILB -- Donald Butler, Chargers: Keep an eye on this kid. He's one of the risers at the position.
MLB/ILB -- Derrick Johnson, Chiefs: He was everywhere last season for the Chiefs, living up to his pre-draft hype.
OLB -- Tamba Hali, Chiefs: He is a relentless pass rusher who can also hold the point against the run.
CB -- Champ Bailey, Broncos: Is he slowing down? There are no signs yet. He remains a top cover corner.
CB -- Brandon Flowers, Chiefs: Here's another player who excels in man coverage. He might be the next star at the position.
Nickel -- Chris Harris, Broncos: He impressed as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He can cover and he is a willing tackler.
SS -- Eric Berry, Chiefs: He is coming off an ACL injury, but he appears to be all the way back. He has a chance to be a star.
FS -- Eric Weddle, Chargers: He finally got the due he deserved last season, going to the Pro Bowl. Can cover and tackle.

Special Teams

KR K P
J. Arenas S. Janikowski S. Lechler

K -- Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders: He is clearly the NFL's best kicker, giving Oakland a great 1-2 kicker-punter combo.
P -- Shane Lechler, Raiders: There is no better punter in the game today. He is a weapon.
KR -- Javier Arenas, Chiefs: He is also a nickel corner, which enhances his value.

Honorable mention: S Tyvon Branch, Raiders; OLB D.J. Williams, Broncos; Elvis Dumervil, Broncos; T Ryan Clady, Broncos; T Branden Albert, Chiefs; RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; QB Philip Rivers, Chargers.

 
 
 
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