New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has been selected as a second team All-Pro, a deserving honor for one of the top defensive ends in the NFL. Wilkerson has been exceptionally productive in a system that doesn't typically produce major numbers at his position. Muhammad Wilkerson was included at the defensive tackle spot, with Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions selected as first team honorees.
The NFL released the All-Pro teams selected by the Associated Press today. New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was named a second team selection. Wilkerson is listed on the team as a defensive tackle as a result of playing defensive end in a base 3-4 scheme. Many postseason awards and All-League teams have struggled to address the difference between a 4-3 and 3-4 defensive line, including the Pro Bowl which snubbed Wilkerson. The Associated Press chose to include 3-4 defensive ends in the defensive tackle category.
It's a nice honor for Muhammad Wilkerson, who put together another excellent season as the anchor of the Jets defensive line. He finished the season with 10.5 sacks to go along with 64 tackles, three pass deflections, two forced fumbles and an interception. Amongst the other players classified as defensive tackles, including first teamers Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh, Muhammad Wilkerson posted by far the best numbers.
The only true snub claim that could be made for the Jets is rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Richardson was also snubbed for the Pro Bowl and with the designation issues along the defensive line, the defensive tackle spot became a logjam. In some respects, karma dictates that Sheldon Richardson should walk away with the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award to make up for the lack of recognition otherwise.
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