Written by Patrick Pryor
Rosters voted on by the Blitzalytics Team
The NFL season is winding to a close, and we are now headed full steam to the Super Bowl in what has been a great year of football. We witnessed new teams rise to dominance, in the Bucs and the Browns, and other teams fall off the wagon, in the Patriots and the injury-plagued 49ers. And we saw players rise to the challenge, like Justin Jefferson and Josh Allen. And finally, we saw some players take the field that we didn’t think would, such as Alex Smith and Aldon Smith. Put all of these together, and we were presented with another great year of our favorite sport.
Of course, being a group of superfans, the Blitzalytics team came together and voted on the top players of the season. So we present to you, the official 2020 Blitzalytics NFL All-Pro Team.
13 Blitzalytics members voted on the 1st team and 2nd team. A 1st team vote counted as 2 points, and a 2nd team point as one. In the event of a tie, the player with the most 1st team votes wins. Teams were voted on before the start of the playoffs.
1st Team: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers*
2nd Team: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Making his first appearance on the All-Pro roster since 2014, Rodgers comes storming in as an MVP favorite and was voted as the best quarterback by the entire Blitzaltyics All-Pro panel. Rodgers led the league in completion percentage, touchdowns, touchdown percentage, interception percentage, rating, QBR, and even average net yards per attempt. As he led his team to 1st in the NFC, Rodgers simply dominated, throwing at least two touchdowns in 14 of his 16 games. With some late-season slowing down by our second team QB Patrick Mahomes, Rodgers essentially went unchallenged and was an easy selection to start off our list.
And of course, despite that late-season slowing down, Patrick Mahomes heads up the second team. Just slightly behind Rodgers statistically, Mahomes also led his team to an NFL best 14-1 record, which was good enough to take a break in Week 17. He’s now also on his way to his second consecutive Super Bowl to face the Buccaneers. Despite sitting out the final week, he was 2nd in yards, 4th in touchdowns, and tied Rodgers for 1st in interception percentage. Thanks to this, he now adds Blitzalytic’s 2nd team All-Pro to his already impressive resume.
1st Team: Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans*
2nd Team: Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings*
Attempts. Yards. Touchdowns. Yards per game. Yards after contact. Broken tackles. What do these things have in common? Derrick Henry led the league in every single one. He was the 8th member to join the 2,000-yard club and was only 78 yards from Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,105. He had 500 yards more than second-place (and second-team), Dalvin Cook. Cook was also second in yards after contact, by 300 yards. He had more yards after contact (1,073) than before (954). This season, Derrick Henry was simply the most dominant running back, and no one, not even Cook, really comes close.
While he couldn’t touch Henry, Dalvin Cook still dominated and was second in most statistics with just 14 games. If it wasn’t for Henry’s crazy season, Cook would be in competition for a unanimous 1st team selection. He had nearly half his yards after contact (756), and was 2nd in total rushing yards, ahead of third-place Jonathan Taylor by 368.
These two impressed all year long, and shouldn’t miss a step in 2021. The future of the RB position is extremely bright.
1st Team: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers*
1st Team: Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills
2nd Team: DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
2nd Team: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
The first team quarterback wouldn’t be complete without his first-team wide receiver, and Davante Adams is his perfect fit. The four-time Pro-Bowler appears on his first-ever All-Pro roster and is a unanimous selection by the Blitzalytics panel. In 14 games, he reeled in a league-best 18 touchdowns, and was a constant target from Rodgers, as they both made highlight plays every week. Regarded as one of, if not the best receiver in the game, Adams notches his name on the list easily.
Has there ever been a better season with a new team for a veteran than Stefon Diggs? The answer is a very simple no. Achieving his career-highs in yards and receptions were also enough to lead the league and help Buffalo win the AFC East for the first time since 1995, the year before his quarterback was born. The former 5th round pick has engraved his name as one of the best in football and earns a Blitzalytics All-Pro spot for it.
Speaking of veterans in their first year with a new team, DeAndre Hopkins hasn’t missed a step either. He didn’t exactly put up the numbers that Diggs did, but certainly played well his first year in the desert. His incredible season is best exemplified in his “Hail Murray” catch against Buffalo for the win in Week 10, where he and Diggs both dominated.
Of course, we can’t mention the word “dominating” without Tyreek hill speeding into our minds. The five-time Pro-Bowler had a touchdown catch in 11 out of 15 games and three in Week 12 alone. He was 8th in yards, 18th in receptions, 12th in first downs, but most importantly created an absolute nightmare matchup, with second-team quarterback Patrick Mahomes throwing to him and Travis Kelce. Hill was an integral part of an extremely powerful offense winning all but two games.
1st Team: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs *
2nd Team: Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders*
2nd in yards, 5th in receptions and touchdowns, third in yards per game, all as a tight end. Kelce came into the season and shattered expectations, putting up one of the best seasons a tight end has ever had. Wide receivers could barely keep up with his talent, and tight ends had no chance. He was far and above the best tight end in the league, and went unchallenged for the first-team selection of the Blitzalytics panel.
Darren Waller’s season will be forever in the shadow of Kelce’s, but he put up great numbers and would grab some first-team votes if Kelce wasn’t breaking records. Waller was second for tight ends in nearly every category and even led Kelce in targets and receptions. With careers high in yards, receptions, and touchdowns, the former 6th round pick earns his spot on the Blitzalytics All-Pro Team.
1st Team: Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
2nd Team: Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
Alvin Kamara had a fantastic year overall and was the best flex player out there. He led all RB’s in yards per touch, led the entire league in scrimmage touchdowns, and did it all while helping the Saints to the number 2 seed. He also scored 6 touchdowns in Week 16, tying a record that hadn’t been met since Gale Sayers did it in 1965. One of the most dynamic players in the league, Kamara can put up insane statistics at any point and is continuously a matchup nightmare. Although not all first-team votes, Kamara had a spot on every voter’s roster, and a well deserved one at that.
Aaron Jones didn’t lead the league in yards, touchdowns, or any of the major statistics, but he is one of the few players who put up consistent numbers across the board every game. He also led the top-seeded Packers in touches, yards, and was second in touchdowns. He’s the perfect piece in the offense for Rodgers and Adams and helps Green Bay tie the Chiefs with three selections in offensive skill positions.
1st Team: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers
2nd Team: Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers
David Bakhtiari led the league’s top offensive line, only allowing 81 pressures all season. Rodgers was pressured on just 14.2% of his dropbacks, over 2% less than the second-place Colts. He ranked 6th in pass block win rate (PBWR) among tackles with 93% and 10th in run block win rate (RBWR) with 79%. Only Andrew Whitworth of the Los Angeles Rams was able to make the top 10 in both categories. With this, Bakhtiari earns the first-team selection on the Blitz All-Pro vote.
This has been a big year for players on new teams, despite the shortened offseason. One of the best examples of handling transitions well is Trent Williams, who left the Washington Football Team after mishandling of a serious medical condition by the team. He didn’t miss a step, however, and was one of only four 49ers to play above 70% of the offensive snaps, with 957 snaps, or 87%. With great consistency, he tied for first in PBWR at 94%. In a year ridden with injuries, he was able to provide much-needed consistency and overall dominance for the San Francisco offense.
1st Team: Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts
2nd Team: Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns
Quenton Nelson has made a difference in every single play since he was drafted 6th overall in 2018. This year, he ranked third among guards in pass block win rate with 95%, and first in run blocking with 78%. He was the only Colt to rank top ten in a pass or run blocking, along the entire offensive line, yet still helped Indianapolis to the 12th best team in PBWR and the 8th in RBWR. He also helped the Colts to their first playoff berth without Andrew Luck since 2010, all while protecting 39-year-old Philip Rivers. The most dominant offensive guard in the league earns his spot on the Blitz All-Pro First Team.
Joel Bitonio is the definition of a team-player. After going on injured reserve in his sophomore and junior seasons, he signed a contract extension with the Browns in 2017, a year after they went 1-15 and the year that they would dip below that and end up winless. He worked back from injury and made three consecutive Pro Bowls, and joined the Browns this year on their first playoff appearance since 2002, and their first win since 1994. He ranked first in PBWR among guards and 11th in RBWR. he also helped Cleveland to 2nd in team PBWR and 13th in team RBWR.
1st Team: Corey Linsley, Green Bay Packers
2nd Team: Jason Kecle, Philadelphia Eagles
Corey Linsley makes an appearance as the fifth Packer on the offense alone. The 6-year veteran earns some of his first recognition since being drafted in the 5th round in 2014. He was better than any other center in run blocking and was 5th in pass blocking. The Packers were the league’s best in blocking in 2020 and none of it would’ve been possible without center Linsley.
Despite struggles at quarterback and all around the offense in a disappointing season for Philadelphia, Jason Kelce was a much needed resilient force on the line. He was also the only Eagles player to play more than 80% of snaps on either side of the ball. He led Philadelphia to the 11th best PBWR and 2nd in RBWR. One of the most consistent players in football notches his spot on the Blitzalytics All-Pro team.
1st Team: Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys
2nd Team: Brandon Scherff, Washington Football Team
Despite only playing about half the season, Zack Martin put up fantastic numbers and fought for the Cowboys until the very end. He ranked 2nd in PBWR with 96%, and 3rd in RBWR at 78%. No other right guard could compete. He and Quenton Nelson were the only players to be top 3 in both categories. No matter how many games he played, he was far and above the best right guard in the nation in 2020.
The Washington Football Team may have had the craziest season out of any team. They went 7-9, had four quarterbacks start at different points, made the playoffs, and kept WFT competitive for four quarters against the eventual NFC Champion Buccaneers. And through the turbulent times, their offensive line stood strong, ranking 3rd in RBWR and 14th in PBWR. They were headed by team captain Brandon Scherff, who led them to these impressive positions while protecting Alex Smith on his return from injury, struggling Dwayne Haskins, inexperienced Taylor Heinicke, and journeyman Kyle Allen. Without Scherff, they would’ve never come close to the playoffs and their memorable season. He ranked 5th in RBWR himself and 8th in PBWR. The 5-year veteran adds the Blitzalytics All-Pro team to his already impressive resume.
1st Team: Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints
2nd Team: Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Working with LT Terron Armstead, Ramczyk protected 42-year-old Drew Brees. When Brees went down in Week 10, Ramczyk was then tasked with the more mobile Taysom Hill. He did a great job, as they went 3-1 in Brees’s absence and won the NFC South. He anchored a line that was 5th in pass blocking and 9th in run blocking. He played a crucial part in bringing New Orleans to their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.
The first rookie on the Blitzalytics All-Pro team, and the only one on offense, was touted as one of the best of the best picks of the draft in April and has held up throughout the entire season. He protected the oldest player to ever score a touchdown in 43-year-old Tom Brady through 18 games and is ready for the 19th to capture a Super Bowl ring as a rookie.