Friday, January 3, 2014
Johnson, Suh named NFL All-Pros
By Michael Rothstein
Not surprising at all, really, but Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh were named to the Associated Press All-Pro first team Friday.
They were the only two Lions to make either the first or second team, which shouldn't be too surprising considering the plethora of good running backs and linebackers in the league.
The only players who could have argued to be on the team were right guard Larry Warford, center Dominic Raiola and outside linebacker DeAndre Levy.
Levy not making the team is not a surprise, again, due to the difference between 3-4 and 4-3 outside linebackers and the statistics 3-4 outside linebackers accrue. Thought Warford would have a shot to slip in on the second team, but he did not.
Also, Warford was not among the five finalists for the NFL Rookie of the Year. No offensive or defensive linemen were among the finalists. Instead there were two wide receivers (Cordarrelle Patterson, Keenan Allen), two running backs (Giovani Bernard and Eddie Lacy) and a linebacker (Kiko Alonso).