The NFL has just released their 2021-’22 All-Pro teams. To no one’s surprise, Jason Kelce earned his fourth first-team All-Pro selection as the best center in football. Lane Johnson, a noticeable absentee of this year’s Pro Bowl roster in the NFC, earned second-team All-Pro honors.
For Kelce, this is just another accolade on his Hall of Fame resume. He’s only the 11th center in NFL history to get four first-team All-Pro selections, the other 10 were inducted into the HOF. In his eleventh NFL season, Kelce earned his selection in a landslide. He gained 21 of the 50 possible votes, 10 more than the runner-up, Corey Linsley of the Chargers.
Kelce has truly redefined the center position in modern football, which is remarkable considering he was a sixth-round pick back in 2011. As the smallest center in the league, he still possesses the strength needed to push guys around along the interior, and he’s by far the most athletic center in recent NFL history.
As for Johnson, this second-team All-Pro selection should more than make up for his Pro Bowl snub. At the end of the day, All-Pro selections carry more weight than playing in the Pro Bowl, especially in today’s NFL.
Aside from Kelce and Johnson, only one other Eagle received an All-Pro vote, cornerback Darius Slay. Trevon Diggs, Jalen Ramsey, J.C. Jackson, and A.J. Terrell all received more votes than Slay. It was a great year for corners, so Slay’s absence isn’t too surprising. But I will say, Diggs getting the most votes (33) of any corner is a bit surprising, considering he’s given up the most receiving yards of any cornerback in football and is the 84th-best corner in football according to Pro Football Focus.
Whatever. I just had to get some Cowboys slander in here.
The only other player that probably should have had some consideration is left tackle Jordan Mailata. But given the fact that he’s a seventh round pick and this is his first year as a full-time starter, it’s not really surprising he didn’t get any love in the voting. His time will come soon enough.
At the end of the day, the strength of the Eagles in 2021 has been their offensive line. Getting two members of that dominant front on an All-Pro team cements their status as one of the best lines in all of football.