NFL All-Pro Team: How NFL head coaches voted for Sporting News’ roster in 2020

 NFL All-Pro Team: How NFL head coaches voted for Sporting News’ roster in 2020

There are a lot of NFL All-Pro teams listed out there at the end of every NFL season. But it’s a little different when NFL head coaches have total control of deciding who goes on that first-team roster, instead of writers or other media.

Sporting News continues its annual tradition of polling head coaches on the sidelines for their opinions on the best of the best players in the league. Outside of tight races at kicker and linebacker, the majority of coaches’ votes went to one person for each of the 25 available spots.

A total of 16 teams are represented on this year’s All-Pro roster. The Chiefs led all teams with four players. Seven others — Green Bay, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Miami, New England and the Rams — had two All-Pros. 

The 16 teams not represented on the roster based on the NFL head coaches’ votes are the Jets, Raiders, Broncos, Ravens, Bengals, Texans, Jaguars, Washington Football Team, Giants, Cowboys, Seahawks, Cardinals, Vikings, Lions, Saints, Buccaneers and Panthers.

Including offense, defense and special teams, below is the full Sporting News NFL All-Pro Team for 2020.

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Sporting News NFL All-Pro team

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OFFENSE

QB: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

Mahomes, in a bit of surprise, won rather convincingly over Aaron Rodgers, but is well deserving of the lone top spot.

Percentage of QB votes: 75%

RB: Derrick Henry, Titans; Dalvin Cook, Vikings

Henry was an unanimous selection after becoming the league’s latest 2,000-yard rusher. Cook held off Nick Chubb, Alvin Kamara, James Robinson and Aaron Jones easily for the second spot.

Percentage of RB votes: Henry 88%, Cook 50%

WR: Stefon Diggs, Bills; Davante Adams, Packers

With the exception of one ballot, either Diggs or Adams was picked by every coach. The Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill came in a close third.

Percentage of WR votes: Adams 56%, Diggs 50%

TE: Travis Kelce, Chiefs

Kelce rolled to this honor much like Henry did, with the Raiders’ Darren Waller getting one vote.

Percentage of TE votes: 94%

OT: David Bakhtiari, Packers; Trent Williams, 49ers

Bakhtiari was rewarded for a massive season in front of Rodgers before his injury. Williams was incredible for his new team as even an upgrade from Joe Staley.

Percentage of OT votes: Bakhtiari 56%, Williams 31%

G: Quenton Nelson, Colts; Joel Bitonio, Browns

Nelson was the easy choice for voters here, with Bitonio also having a sizable edge over the Patriots’ Joe Thuney and Washington’s Brandon Scherff.

Percentage of G votes: Nelson 69%, Bitonio 38%

C: Jason Kelce, Eagles

This Kelce keeps it a family affair by joining his brother on the first and only team.

Percentage of C votes: 31%

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DEFENSE

DE: Myles Garrett, Browns; Joey Bosa, Chargers

The high first-rounders have become worthy complete players by reputation, quick on the pass rush and stout in run defense.

Percentage of DE votes: Garrett 63%, Bosa 31%

DT: Aaron Donald, Rams; Chris Jones, Chiefs

Donald dominated here as expected; Jones had to edge out the Eagles’ Fletcher Cox and the Colts’ DeForest Buckner.

Percentage of DT votes: Donald 75%, Jones 31%

LB: T.J. Watt, Steelers; Roquan Smith, Bears; Fred Warner, 49ers; Darius Leonard, Colts

Watt did his disruptive edge-rushing out of a 3-4, while Smith was an all-around force making plays on the ball everywhere. Warner and Leonard tied as great leaders and playmakers for two strong 4-3 fronts. 

Percentage of LB votes: Watt 56%, Smith 38%, Warner 31%, Leonard 31%

CB: Xavien Howard, Dolphins; Jalen Ramsey, Rams

Howard had an amazing season in coverage with a league-high 10 interceptions and 20 passes defended. Ramsey did it in his pure shutdown way.

Percentage of CB votes: Howard 81%, Ramsey 44%

S: Tyrann Mathieu, Chiefs; Minkah Fitzpatrick, Steelers

Mathieu was the playmaking glue of the Chiefs’ secondary. Fitzpatrick, with similar versatility as a cornerback hybrid, controlled the middle in pass coverage, too. The Jets’ Jamal Adams, the Cardinals’ Budda Baker and the Broncos’ Justin Simmons also all got multiple votes.

Percentage of S votes: Mathieu 50%, Fitzpatrick 44%

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SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Younghoe Koo, Falcons; Jason Sanders, Dolphins

Both guys had exceptional all-around seasons with range and accuracy, confirming it was hard to pick one in a pretty good season for all kickers.

Percentage of K votes: 31%

P: Jake Bailey, Patriots

Bailey and his booming leg edged out the Lions’ Jack Fox.

Percentage of P votes: 31%

KR: Cordarrelle Patterson, Bears

Patterson remains a dynamic first-round returner after all these years and even burned his former team, the Vikings, for a return TD.

Percentage of KR votes: 50%

PR: Gunner Olszewski, Patriots

He’s the latest college quarterback converted to wide receiver to special teams ace for New England, much like Julian Edelman.

Percentage of PR votes: 31%

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