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Fab 40 snubs?

Not everyone can make "Walker's Fab 40" in 2010.

Here are several quality AFC North players who didn't make the cut:

Cincinnati Bengals: LB Keith Rivers, LB Rey Maualuga

Reason: Both are good, young linebackers who are still growing into the position. Rivers and Maualuga, who were college teammates at USC, should help raise each other's level of play next year in their second NFL season together.

Cleveland Browns: FB Lawrence Vickers, C Alex Mack

Reason: Vickers is a good fullback, but that position doesn't rate high in my book or in NFL circles. I would take a good tailback or a good receiver over a good fullback every time. That showed as no fullbacks made this year's list. Mack had a good second half to his rookie year, but that wasn't enough.

Baltimore Ravens: FB Le'Ron McClain

Reason: Someone had to get shortchanged, and McClain was the biggest snub this year, in my opinion. If I were doing 41 players he probably would be on the list. But similar to Vickers, it came down to position value. I chose to put good receivers, running backs and linebackers, for example, ahead of a great fullback because of that player's impact in games. Still, I wouldn't argue against the opposing view that McClain deserves recognition.

Pittsburgh Steelers: DE Brett Keisel, K Jeff Reed

Reason: Keisel is a solid veteran in Pittsburgh, but he was another player who was just on the outside looking in. For Reed, kickers are in the same boat as fullbacks in terms of positional value. No kicker made this year's "Walker's Fab 40," but Reed would be the first if the list was expanded.

Walker's Fab 40 for 2010

1. Troy Polamalu, S, Steelers

2. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

3. Ed Reed, S, Ravens

4. Joe Thomas, OT, Browns

5. James Harrison, LB, Steelers

6. Ray Lewis, LB, Ravens

7. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens

8. LaMarr Woodley, LB, Steelers

9. Josh Cribbs, KR/WR, Browns

10. Haloti Ngata, DE, Ravens

11. Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals

12. Carson Palmer, QB, Bengals

13. Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals

14. Terrell Suggs, DE/LB, Ravens

15. Hines Ward, WR, Steelers

16. Johnathan Joseph, CB, Bengals

17. Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers

18. Leon Hall, CB, Bengals

19. Shaun Rogers, DT, Browns

20. Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens

21. Casey Hampton, DT, Steelers

22. Heath Miller, TE, Steelers

23. Michael Oher, RT, Ravens

24. James Farrior, LB, Steelers

25. Aaron Smith, DE, Steelers

26. Eric Steinbach, OG, Browns

27. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers

28. Jared Gaither, OT, Ravens

29. Ike Taylor, CB, Steelers

30. Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens

31. Jarret Johnson, LB, Ravens

32. Domata Peko, DT, Bengals

33. Dhani Jones, LB Bengals

34. Ryan Clark, S, Steelers

35. Antwan Odom, LB Bengals

36. Andrew Whitworth, OT, Bengals

37. Lawrence Timmons, LB, Steelers

38. Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers

39. Jerome Harrison, RB, Browns

40. Todd Heap, TE, Ravens