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PFF’s 2022 NFL Midseason All-Pro Team: Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Quinnen Williams and more

Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws the ball in over time at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV / Tennessean.com

• Patrick Mahomes beats out Tua Tagovailoa for first team: Mahomes has ultimately displayed more consistency thus far, but it will be a tight race until the end.

• Quinnen Williams claims first-team All-Pro honors: The New York Jets interior defender has wrecked opposing offensive lines in 2022.

• A pair of young CBs makes the cut: Sauce Gardner and Patrick Surtain II take home midseason honors after largely shutting down their competition this season.

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It has already been a wild NFL regular season of unexpected results and performances, and with half of it in the books, it’s time for a mid-season All-Pro check-in.

Here is PFF’s All-Pro from the first half of the season.

This team is NOT just using the highest PFF grade at each position. Consideration has been given to role, supporting cast and consistency (one bad game in four is a significant negative even if the output of the four games is slightly higher than another player without the poor performance.)


Offense

QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Second Team: Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

All-Pro quarterback was a very tight call, with multiple players having a stretch where they were the best in the league. Patrick Mahomes has ultimately displayed the most consistency at the position. He has the second-best PFF grade (88.6) and the best grade of any quarterback in the second half of games.

RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

Second Team: Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Nick Chubb continues to be virtually unstoppable. He has broken 51 tackles on 149 carries and is averaging almost four yards per carry after contact. He leads the league in rushing touchdowns and is second only to Derrick Henry in yards.

WR Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins

Second Team: Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams

Tyreek Hill’s impact on Miami's offense is difficult to overstate. His constant threat is evident on every play, and the Dolphins are taking advantage of it to put him on a record-breaking pace in terms of production. Hill is generating 3.8 yards per route run, which would be the best figure PFF has seen in 16 years of grading.

WR Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills

Second Team: Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins

Stefon Diggs has been carrying the Buffalo passing attack more than in previous seasons. He currently has 80 targets in eight games (catching 60 of them). The next-highest target figure from the Bills is 37, not even half of Diggs' volume. He is generating 2.9 yards per route run on all of those targets and has just two drops.

TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Second Team: Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

The distance between Travis Kelce and the next-best player at his position this season has been vast. Kelce has shouldered the burden as the Chiefs' lead receiver without Tyreek Hill and just kept on going. Passes thrown his way are generating a 125.9 passer rating.

FLEX-O A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

Second Team: Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

A.J. Brown has had a transformative effect on the Eagles' offense above and beyond his raw production over the first half of the season. Passes thrown his way are generating a 136.1 passer rating, and he changes how the entire offense functions because of the attention he draws.

LT Andrew Thomas, New York Giants

Second Team: Christian Darrisaw, Minnesota Vikings

Andrew Thomas' transformation is complete. He has gone from a struggling rookie all the way through to being the best left tackle in the game, practically unassailable. He has allowed nine total pressures in eight games this season.

LG Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns

Second Team: Joe Thuney, Kansas City Chiefs

Joel Bitonio had an unusually average debut game this season, but since that point, he has been back to his baseline as the best guard in the game over the past season and a half. He has allowed nine total pressures this season and sports an 89.6 PFF run-blocking grade.

C Creed Humphrey, Kansas City Chiefs

Second Team: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles

Creed Humphrey has picked up where he left off last season. Halfway through his second year, he is building a very good case for being the unquestioned best center in the game. He hasn’t allowed a sack this season and boasts PFF grades of at least 76.0 as both a run-blocker and a pass-blocker.

RG Chris Lindstrom, Atlanta Falcons

Second Team: Michael Onwenu, New England Patriots

A 97.1 PFF game grade in Week 4 against the Browns is one of the best single-game performances PFF has ever seen from an offensive lineman, and that's not Chris Lindstrom's only excellent showing this season. He has allowed just six pressures all year, albeit in an offense that runs the ball more than almost any other team.

RT Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles

Second Team: Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lane Johnson against Tristan Wirfs at right tackle is an incredibly difficult battle to decide. Both players have been excellent, but Wirfs has been pass blocking for a quarterback with the fastest average time to throw in the NFL, while Johnson has been doing it for the seventh-slowest. Johnson hasn’t allowed a sack or a hit all season.


Defense

DI Quinnen Williams, New York Jets

Second Team: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

Quinnen Williams has become a one-man wrecking crew this season for the Jets on the interior. His 35 pressures are tied for the league lead among interior linemen, and he also has a forced fumble, a batted pass and a block on special teams to his name.

DI Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

Second Team: Jeffery Simmons, Tennessee Titans

Chris Jones sports the best PFF pass-rushing grade of any interior lineman (92.4) this season. He has been a constantly dominant force, recording several pressures from a true edge rusher alignment, stressing offensive lines at multiple positions and making it very difficult to assign extra help to block him.

EDGE Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns

Second Team: Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders

Myles Garrett's 93.6 PFF pass-rushing grade is the highest of any pass-rusher this season, regardless of position. He has 41 total pressures and has been dominating despite very little help on the Browns' defensive front. Garrett is the perfect blend of size, power and athleticism at the position, a veteran playing at the peak of his potential.

EDGE Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys

Second Team: Von Miller, Buffalo Bills

Micah Parsons has transitioned to a full-time edge rusher who still moonlights on occasion as an off-ball linebacker, and his threat as a pass-rusher is overwhelming to offenses. He has 39 pressures and 20 defensive stops this season while opening things up for other Cowboys pass-rushers to make a major impact with less attention on them.

LB Bobby Wagner, Los Angeles Rams

Second Team: Matt Milano, Buffalo Bills

A lot is going wrong for the Rams this season, but Bobby Wagner has been a stellar acquisition for them at linebacker. He has the best overall PFF grade at the position and holds at least a 71.1 grade in every facet of play. He has missed just one tackle all season.

LB Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Second Team: Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints

Completing the ageless All-Pro linebacker duo is Lavonte David, who is still playing like the best coverage linebacker in the league at almost 33 years old. David has four pass breakups and has yet to allow a touchdown into his coverage across 42 targets.

CB Sauce Gardner, New York Jets

Second Team: Darius Slay, Philadelphia Eagles

Rookie Sauce Gardner has been an immediate superstar in the NFL, already virtually impossible to beat deep down the field. The only score he gave up this season was a miscommunication in the Jets' secondary, and he is allowing just a 44.6 passer rating into his coverage overall.

CB Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos

Second Team: Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams

Patrick Surtain II has yet to allow a pass longer than 20 yards into his coverage this season. He doesn’t bite on double moves and is never out of phase or struggling to get back in position. He is allowing just 7.0 yards per catch and is assured as it gets at the position.

S Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Second Team: Malik Hooker, Dallas Cowboys

Antoine Winfield Jr. does everything well. He currently has a PFF grade of at least 69.7 in every facet of play, including grades above 90.0 in run defense and on the blitz as a pass-rusher. He has one missed tackle all season while playing as a consistently positive force in the Bucs' secondary.

S Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers

Second Team: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh Steelers

Few players bring the kind of versatility to a defense that the Chargers' superstar does. James has a PFF grade of at least 70.7 in every facet of play and has spent time lining up at virtually every position on the defense, including 39 snaps at the line of scrimmage as an auxiliary threat off the edge.

FLEX-D Jack Jones, New England Patriots

Second Team: Jamel Dean, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rookie corner Jack Jones has some spectacular tape for the Patriots this season. He has yet to allow a touchdown while snagging two interceptions and making three pass breakups. Passes into his coverage are being caught just 51.7% of the time and are generating a 49.6 passer rating.


Special Teams

K Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

Second Team: Graham Gano, New York Giants

There isn’t a better kicker in the league than Justin Tucker — and arguably not a better one in the history of the game. He is in a class of one.

P A.J. Cole III, Las Vegas Raiders

Second Team: Tommy Townsend, Kansas City Chiefs

There are punters with better averages, but none with a better combination of distance, direction and hangtime on their kicks this season than A.J. Cole III.

ST Jeremy Reaves, Washington Commanders

Second Team: Justin Hardee, New York Jets

Jeremy Reaves is one snap away from the league lead in special teams plays this season, featuring in five phases of special teams plays and racking up eight tackles.

RS Devin Duvernay, Baltimore Ravens

Second Team: Jamal Agnew, Jacksonville Jaguars

There has been one touchdown scored on a kick or punt return this season, and that belongs to Devin Duvernay. He has above-average grades and average returns as both a kick and punt returner.

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