Yesterday, we showed you the offensive all-stars in the AFC West. Now, check out the all-AFC West defense:
DE: Elvis Dumervil, Denver – The undersized rush end was at it again this year with 11 sacks and six forced fumbles. He’s sometimes forgotten with teams worrying about Von Miller, but Dumervil knows how to make teams pay when they don’t pay enough attention to him.
DT: Kevin Vickerson, Denver – The Denver pass rushers got all the love this year, but Vickerson played his part by helping to clog the middle, while also accumulating 40 tackles and two sacks.
DE: Corey Liuget, San Diego – Liuget emerged as a star in 2012, as one of the top performers on a ferocious San Diego defensive line. After one sack in his rookie season, Liuget accumulated seven this year, and he still has his best years ahead of him.
OLB: Von Miller, Denver – Miller is one of the favorites for NFL defensive player of the year after finishing third in sacks with 18.5. He also had a pick six and improved his play in pass coverage, showing that he’s growing into a versatile player.
ILB: Wesley Woodyard, Denver – Technically, Woodyard plays outside linebacker, but he’s been too good this year to leave him off. Woodyard outplayed the guy he replaced, D.J. Williams, and somehow accumulated 117 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
ILB: Derrick Johnson, Kansas City – Johnson patrolled the middle of a strong contingent of linebackers in Kansas City. He led the team with 110 tackles and also had two sacks.
OLB: Tamba Hali, Kansas City – Hali is heading to his third consecutive pro bowl, as he continues to gain a reputation as one of the most feared pass rushers in the league. Hali registered nine sacks and four more tackles for a loss this year.
CB: Champ Bailey, Denver – Bailey, the ageless wonder, is still one of the top cornerback’s in the NFL, and that was on display again this season, as he led a talented and stingy Broncos secondary.
CB: Chris Harris, Denver – Harris wasn’t even a starter at the beginning of the season, but he has developed into a quality cornerback over the course of the season with 12 passes defended and three interceptions, two of which he took back for touchdowns.
FS: Eric Weddle, San Diego – Weddle had a great season and is one heck of a safety. He led the Chargers with 97 tackles, and also had one sack and three interceptions.
SS: Eric Berry, Kansas City – Berry quickly returned to pro-bowl form in 2012, as he was the centerpiece of a secondary that played well against the pass all season long.