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Dr. Z's all-pro team
Paul Zimmerman
January 14, 2002
The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens and the NFC East-winning Eagles each place three men on my All-Pro team. It doesn't seem as if the Bears have had an All-Pro since Walter Payton, but now they, too, have three of them.
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January 14, 2002

Dr. Z's All-pro Team

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Ends: Michael Strahan, Giants, and John Abraham, Jets. Strahan, the king of the sackers, is serious against the run, too. Abraham is not yet at Strahan's level, but he's a rising talent and a gifted rusher.

Nosetackle: Gary Walker, Jaguars. He's at his best when situations get perilous.

Outside linebackers: Jamir Miller, Browns, and LaVar Arrington, Redskins. Miller has been a relentless rusher. Arrington was feeling his way in the early going, but he developed into a dynamic pursuer and ball hawk.

Inside linebackers: Ray Lewis, Ravens, and Brian Urlacher, Bears. We're pretending we're the Steelers and lining up in a 3-4 so we won't have to leave out either of these super talents.

Cornerbacks: R.W. McQuarters, Bears, and Troy Vincent, Eagles. McQuarters is a ferocious lock-on corner. Vincent has thriven behind the blitz packages, playing in a steady diet of man coverages.

Strong safety: Darren Sharper, Packers. The program lists him as a free safety, but he really plays the strong side. Can cover the slot man and the blitz.

Free safety: Brian Dawkins, Eagles. Here's the king of the blitzing DBs. Philly's big-play guy, a game-turner.


Kicker: David Akers, Eagles. A rare special teams repeater. He missed only five field goals all year and was 2 for 3 from 50 yards.

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