The Associated Press just announced their All-Pro teams for the 2015 NFL season and, just like what happened with the Pro Bowl, one member of the Minnesota Vikings made the squad and a whole lot of them were overlooked.
In what comes as no surprise, running back Adrian Peterson is the lone member of the NFC North champions to make the list of All-Pros for this year. In a slightly larger surprise, Peterson was a unanimous selection, one of three players to be named on all 50 ballots. The others were Houston defensive end J.J. Watt and Oakland defensive end/linebacker Khalil Mack. Mack made history by being the only player named as an All-Pro at two different positions in the same year.
Peterson was the NFL's leading rusher for the third time in his career, tallying 1,485 yards and playing all 16 games for the Vikings this season.
Once again, three members of the Vikings that had very strong seasons. . .safety Harrison Smith, linebacker Anthony Barr, and defensive tackle Linval Joseph. . .were all overlooked for the All-Pro team, just as they were for the Pro Bowl.
It is worth noting, however, that Peterson's selection gives the Vikings one more All-Pro in 2015 than the other three teams in the NFC North. Combined.
We'll see if any members of the Vikings make the AP's Second Team All-Pro list when they get released. In the meantime, here is the full AP All-Pro team.
|Adrian Peterson||RB||Minnesota Vikings|
|Khalil Mack||DE/LB||Oakland Raiders|
|J.J. Watt||DE||Houston Texans|
|Cam Newton||QB||Carolina Panthers|
|Mike Tolbert||FB||Carolina Panthers|
|Luke Kuechly||LB||Carolina Panthers|
|Ryan Kalil||C||Carolina Panthers|
|Thomas Davis||LB||Carolina Panthers|
|Josh Norman||CB||Carolina Panthers|
|Antonio Brown||WR||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|David DeCastro||G||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Rob Gronkowski||TE||New England Patriots|
|Stephen Gostkowski||K||New England Patriots|
|Geno Atkins||DT||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Andrew Whitworth||OT||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Patrick Peterson||CB||Arizona Cardinals|
|Tyrann Mathieu||CB||Arizona Cardinals|
|Aaron Donald||DT||St. Louis Rams|
|Johnny Hekker||P||St. Louis Rams|
|Tyler Lockett||KR||Seattle Seahawks|
|Doug Martin||RB||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Julio Jones||WR||Atlanta Falcons|
|Joe Thomas||OT||Cleveland Browns|
|Marshal Yanda||G||Baltimore Ravens|
|Von Miller||LB||Denver Broncos|
|NaVorro Bowman||LB||San Francisco 49ers|
|Eric Berry||S||Kansas City Chiefs|