- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Not surprisingly, Wilkerson was the only player on the Jets to make the first or second team.
Wilkerson was listed as a defensive tackle. On the Pro Bowl ballot, he appeared as a defensive end -- and that probably cost him a spot. Schematically, there's a big difference. A pure defensive end -- meaning in a 4-3 scheme -- is afforded better pass-rushing opportunities and can rack up a bigger sack total. Wilkerson is an end in the Jets' 3-4 scheme, meaning he often lines up as an interior lineman.
Of course, when it comes time to negotiate a new contract, Wilkerson will declare himself an end. Why? Because they get paid more than tackles. The franchise-tag amount last year for an end was $11.18 million; for a tackle, it was $8.45 million.
The first-team selections at the tackle position were Gerald McCoy (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions). Wilkerson was joined on the second team by Dontari Poe (Kansas City Chiefs), Jurrell Casey (Tennessee Titans), and Justin Smith (San Francisco 49ers). The full team is here.