NFL.com blogger Dave Dameshek had an idea: What if each division had its own All-Pro team?
In the NFC East's All-Pro team, the New York Giants had five representatives, including coach Tom Coughlin. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz were selected as two of the three wide receivers, while Jason Pierre-Paul and Antrel Rolle would be on the defense.
At quarterback, Dameshek went with RGIII over Eli Manning, a decision that may be a bit "prisoner of the moment." Manning, of course, has two Super Bowl rings to his name, while RGIII is the reigning Rookie of the Year and considered to be a part of the next wave of elite quarterbacks.
At this point in time, however, it's Manning who is the more proven quarterback.
At running back, LeSean McCoy got the nod. You could make an argument for Alfred Morris, but at this point, McCoy is still one of the more elite backs in the entire league.
Nicks, Cruz and Dez Bryant were the three wideouts. It sounds like a fantasy receiving corps, and the picks are certainly justified. The Redskins don't have a true standout at the wide receiver position, and there are still plenty of questions surrounding DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
At tight end, the veteran Jason Witten was chosen. It's the obvious choice, as Witten continues to put up impressive numbers year after year. It will be interesting, however, to see whether free-agent addition Brandon Myers can match numbers with Witten and challenge him to be the NFC East's top pass-catching tight end in 2013.
Offensive tackles Jason Peters and Trent Williams were chosen. A case can certainly be made for Will Beatty instead of Peters, who is nowhere near as productive as he used to be. In contrast, Beatty is emerging as one of the best pass-protecting tackles in the NFL.
Guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans and center Phil Costa round out the offensive line. No qualms here about those picks.
On the defensive side of the ball, Pierre-Paul and DeMarcus Ware occupy the defensive end spots. That pairing makes for quite the pass rush, and again, no problems with those choices.
Jay Ratliff and Fletcher Cox got the nod at defensive tackle. I believe Barry Cofield certainly warrants consideration, though.
Ryan Kerrigan and Anthony Spencer were chosen as the outside backers, while Sean Lee got the pick inside. Both the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants have less-than-mediocre linebacking corps, so it's no surprise to see them excluded at this position.
The cornerback position is dominated by the Dallas Cowboys, with Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne making the cut. Prince Amukamara certainly has yet to prove himself at the level of Carr, while Corey Webster obviously is not the same caliber player he was a few years back. No issues here.
At safety, Rolle joins former Giant Kelly Phillips in the defensive backfield. Phillips should have been a toss-up with Stevie Brown, who led the Giants in interceptions in 2012 while Phillips battled injuries. But overall, it's hard to pick against Phillips, who when healthy can perform at an extremely high level.
Overall, the Cowboys led the way with nine players chosen to the All-Pro team. New York and Philly each had five representatives, while the 'Skins had three.
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