All 32 NFL teams have finalized their initial 53-man rosters for the 2022 season. Now it's time for us to finalize our own. In anticipation of the upcoming regular-season kickoff, a handful of us at CBS Sports have identified our top players at every position going into this fall. Many of our choices are already superstars, but a few of them are still coming into their own.
Presenting the 2022 CBS Preseason All-NFL Team, a 53-man lineup of our top projected talents for this season, complete with a three-pronged head coaching slot to honor the best of the best on the sidelines:
All hail the AFC. Everyone's buying into Herbert's laser-armed pocket passing for the Chargers, especially now that he's got a loaded supporting cast on both sides of the ball. Mahomes and Allen, meanwhile, are the league's big-play mavens, and everyone figures their Chiefs and Bills will meet again.
The Colts run their offense through Taylor, so it's no surprise he's the runaway favorite. McCaffrey and Henry have the benefit of freakish resumes and/or bodies, if not durability, as keys to the Panthers and Titans, respectively. Few positions, however, provoke as much diversity in opinion, with 11 different backs getting a vote.
You'd surely go unbeaten if this were your WR corps. Jefferson, just 23, is a walking highlight reel for the Vikings. Ditto for Chase, 22, with the Bengals. Adams doesn't have Aaron Rodgers anymore but should remain a clutch go-to target for the Raiders. You could say the same for Kupp, who wins with technique for the Rams. Diggs and Hill are practically the elder statesmen here, but they bring the Bills and Dolphins, respectively, some of the game's best route-running and peak speed.
One of the most predictable but solid groups. Kelce is Patrick Mahomes' ultra-reliable safety valve with the Chiefs. Andrews is kind of like Kelce Lite for Lamar Jackson with the Ravens. And Kittle, though injury-prone, remains a WR1 in a tight end's body.
Williams is the chief reason Kyle Shanahan can lean so much on the 49ers' trenches to establish the run. Wirfs has been an instant star keeping Tom Brady upright with the Buccaneers, while Slater's done the same for Herbert in L.A. Much like NFC East rival Tyron Smith, Johnson struggles to stay healthy, but when he's on the field, he's a road-grader.
Despite more inconsistent showings from the Colts' once-vaunted line, Nelson remains the standard for interior play alongside Martin, arguably one of the Cowboys' MVPs. The Browns, meanwhile, can trust Nick Chubb and their ground game so much because of the strength they have up front with Bitonio and Teller.
With the exception of maybe Ragnow, all four who got votes here are the lynchpins to playoff-caliber O-lines.
Donald will probably be a unanimous choice for as long as his monstrous interior power takes the field for the Rams. Simmons is a real up-and-comer for the Titans, flashing the kind of penetration Jones has offered with the Chiefs. Heyward and Buckner do all the little things work up front for the Steelers and Colts, respectively.
This is a deep group that saw a dozen different names nominated, but there's clear consensus on the nastiest of the bunch: Watt is a relentless wrecking ball off the edge in Pittsburgh, Garrett is the heart of Cleveland's defense, and Bosa hasn't let medical hiccups prohibit him from a Defensive Player of the Year pace. The feisty Crosby might be the most intriguing of the unit, now paired with Chandler Jones for the Raiders.
You could argue that Parsons belongs with the pass rushers considering how often Dallas deployed him as a blitzer in 2021, but either way, he's making the cut. Leonard, formerly called Darius, is still the contemporary prototype for a traditional linebacker, while Wagner and Kendricks have continued to churn out steady production as older-school thumpers.
No position saw more player nominations than this one, with 17 different names getting at least one vote. Ramsey's physicality and unshakeable confidence makes him a leader for the Rams, while Jackson and Diggs make their money as ball hawks for the Chargers and Cowboys, respectively.
James is one of the NFL's most imposing, impactful defenders when healthy, hence the Chargers paying him big bucks this summer. Notice also that all but one of the 11 safeties who got a vote play for the AFC.
Justin Tucker (7)
No one is more reliable than Tucker, who's now been nailing kicks for a decade in Baltimore. But Evan McPherson, his AFC North counterpart, is emerging on the scene thanks to his own swagger.
Others receiving votes: Evan McPherson
Michael Dickson (5)
If the Seahawks can take pride in anything this year, it's that they have a guy who can pin opponents deep.
Andy Reid (6), Sean McVay (4), Mike Tomlin (3)
Bill Belichick may be the best coach of all time, but he garnered just a single vote as his Patriots struggle to retain their dominance post-Tom Brady. Reid's creativity ensures Mahomes and the Chiefs are always among the AFC's top contenders. McVay, at just 36, is already on his way to a Hall of Fame resume with the Rams. And Tomlin, despite a recent lack of deep playoff runs, is so solid in his command of the Steelers' locker room that Pittsburgh simply never bows out.
Others receiving votes: Sean McDermott, Kyle Shanahan, Matt LaFleur, Bill Belichick, Nick Sirianni, Dan Campbell, Lovie Smith