Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson might have been snubbed in a potential trip to Hawaii, but he was honored Friday by being named to the second team on the Associated Press All-Pro team.
The AP selected Gerald McCoy (TB) and Ndamukong Suh (DET) as the first teamers, while Jurrell Casey (TEN), Dontari Poe (KC) and Justin Smith (SF) were named second teamers along with Wilkerson.
Full list of All-Pros (NFL.com)
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe All-Pro list is the better historical indicator of who dominated at their position in a given season. So of the honors given, while we’re sure Mo would appreciate an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii, this is the one of more significance.
Ryan doesn’t run a strict 3-4/4-3 system and that is part of Wilkerson’s brilliance. While Wilkerson was listed as a DE for the Pro-Bowl he was listed as a DT for the All-Pro list. Defensive ends face an uphill battle compared to 4-3 ends who get to rack up glory stats in the form of sacks. Wilkerson is able to play all over the line and can be dominant in both stopping the run and pressuring the passer — even if that doesn’t translate to sack totals.
Whatever his position might truly be, he is undoubtedly one of the best defensive linemen in the league and the Jets should be readying to pay him as such. With such a large amount of cap room facing the Jets this offseason and one year left on Wilkerson’s rookie deal, this will be as good a time as any.