Posted on January 22, 2022
The NFL Playoffs are here, and the time of year when the League reveals its All-Pro teams.
It’s always when I like to check in on which Pac-12 pro alums performed best in the past season.
We’ve started to see some veteran stalwarts retire and some new young stars emerge. And Schools like Washington and Oregon are starting to fill out the team more than Cal, Stanford, and USC, which dominated it in recent years.
Here are my 2021-22 selections.
First Team Offense
QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (Cal) – Rodgers put together yet another MVP-level season and led the Packers to the best record in the league. Just keeps building on his Hall of Fame career.
RB Christian McCaffrey, Carolina (Stanford) – His stats due to injury don’t line up with him being the best Pac-12 running back in the NFL, but I’m still giving him the spot for this year even in limited action because they’re still not that far off.
RB Myles Gaskin, Miami (Washington) – The former Husky has carved out a nice little career for himself after going in the 7th Round as the leading Pac-12 alum rusher in 2021.
WR Keenan Allen, Chargers (Cal) – The perennial Pro Bowler fills it up catching passes from Justin Herbert and had another huge year in 2021.
WR Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis (USC) – He has come on quick in the NFL and is one of the best young receivers in the league.
TE Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay (Arizona) – He’s still back and his combination of pass-catching and blocking give him the slightest of edges over Dalton Schutlz.
OL Tyron Smith, Dallas (USC) – He bounced back with a vintage Tyron Smith year, still one of the best linemen in the game.
OL David Bakhtiari, Green Bay (Colorado) – The veteran remains a stud on the line protecting Rodgers.
OL Kolton Miller, Las Vegas (UCLA) – He’s turning into one of the better linemen in the NFL, getting better each year.
OL Garett Bolles, Denver (Utah) – A reliable force on the line for the Broncos again, but the Pac-12 alum performance on the OL starts to drop off here.
OL Alex Mack, San Francisco (Cal) – The former All-Pro is still starting and holding up well after all these years.
First Team Defense
DL DeForest Buckner, Indianapolis (Oregon) – The only question is if he’s the best defensive tackle in the whole league at this point.
DL Cameron Jordan, New Orleans (Cal) – Like so many of these other Cal alums he just keeps on ticking as an All-Pro.
DL Kenny Clark, Green Bay (UCLA) – He had one of the best years of his career, showing out as a Pro Bowl-level talent.
DL Vita Vea, Tampa Bay (Washington) – Showed again when he’s healthy he can be one of the most dominant defenders in the league, and he got a huge contract for it as well.
LB Eric Kendricks, Minnesota (UCLA) – He may have had his best season yet. One of the best linebackers in the league.
LB Bobby Okereke, Indianapolis (Stanford) – He blew up this year after coming into the league rather unheralded.
LB Shaq Thompson, Carolina (Washington) – He’s turned into one of the better veteran linebackers in the league and a playmaker for the Panthers.
DB Jordan Poyer, Buffalo (Oregon State) – The former Beaver may have been the best safety in the entire league this year.
DB Budda Baker, Arizona (Washington) – A relentless force, he’s one of the toughest DBs in the league and earned All-Pro honors.
DB Chidobe Awuzie, Cincinnati (Colorado) – He has quietly emerged as one of the best cornerbacks in the entire league.
DB Jevon Holland, Miami (Oregon) – The rookie easily could be the best safety in this group, it’s just that Poyer and Baker are so good. A very bright future ahead for him.
First Team Special Teams
K Matt Gay, Rams (Utah) – He has turned into one of the best kickers in the league.
P Bryan Anger, Dallas (Cal) – Another year as one of the best punters in the league for the former Golden Bear.
Second Team Offense
RB Devontae Booker, Giants (Utah)
RB Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay (USC)
WR Brandin Cooks, Houston (Oregon State)
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit (USC)
TE Dalton Schultz, Dallas (Stanford)
OL Penei Sewell, Detroit (Oregon)
OL Andre James, Las Vegas (UCLA)
OL Nate Solder, Giants (Colorado)
OL Patrick Mekari, Baltimore (Cal)
OL Kaleb McGary, Atlanta (Washington)
Second Team Defense
DL Arik Armstead, San Francisco (Oregon)
DL Leonard Williams, Giants (USC)
DL Rasheem Green, Seattle (USC)
DL Greg Gaines, Rams (Washington)
LB Myles Jack, Jacksonville (UCLA)
LB Cory Littleton, Las Vegas (Washington)
LB Krys Barnes, Green Bay (UCLA)
DB Adoree’ Jackson, Tennessee (USC)
DB Byron Murphy Jr., Arizona (Washington)
DB Jalen Thompson, Arizona (Washington State)
DB Fabian Moreau, Atlanta (UCLA)
Second Team Special Teams
K Nick Folk, New England (Arizona)
P Jake Bailey, New England (Stanford)
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