Over the following two weeks, we’ll unveil our preseason All-Division groups. They have been compiled largely by a panel of 1, although there was vital enter from the writing and editorial workers at CBSSports.com after I took an preliminary run on the rosters by myself. 

We started Tuesday with the NFC East, continued with the NFC North and NFC South, and end out the convention as we speak with the NFC West. Subsequent week, it is on to the AFC. 

Offensive talent positions

QB: Russell Wilson (SEA)

RB: Raheem Mostert (SF), Chris Carson (SEA)

WR: DeAndre Hopkins (ARI), Tyler Lockett (SEA), Robert Woods (LAR)

TE: George Kittle (SF), Tyler Higbee (LAR)

Let Russ prepare dinner. 

Mostert regarded like the most effective again in San Francisco final season, and he stays a superb match for Kyle Shanahan’s scheme because of his velocity and imaginative and prescient. The 49ers did not have to offer him more cash this offseason however they did it anyway, which would appear to point they’ve plans for him to be closely concerned once more this yr. Carson has fumbling points and the Seahawks preserve bringing in increasingly more backs to compete with him, and he simply retains out-performing them on the sector. He’s an extremely bodily runner and final season he confirmed extra skill to contribute within the passing recreation. 

The Cardinals pulled off an absolute heist with the Hopkins commerce. It nonetheless is mindless. He might not see fairly as a lot uncooked quantity in Arizona as he did in Houston, however he’ll stay top-of-the-line weapons in soccer. Lockett and Wilson simply make magic occur. It is one of the vital environment friendly quarterback-to-receiver mixtures within the league, and if the Seahawks ever allow them to get to one thing resembling actual quantity, everyone would realize it. It was a troublesome name between Woods and teammate Cooper Kupp for the ultimate spot, however Woods’ consistency and safer position because the man who stays on the sector when the Rams go into two-tight finish units will get him the nod. 

Kittle is the most effective tight finish within the league proper now. Travis Kelce may need a slight edge as a pass-catcher, however Kittle is mainly a 3rd deal with as a blocker and is arguably they key to San Francisco’s run recreation. He appears more likely to tackle a bigger pass-catching position this yr with Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd injured, and he is due for some optimistic landing regression as nicely. Higbee had largely labored behind Gerald Everett earlier than breaking out down the stretch of final season. With the Rams buying and selling Brandin Cooks, Higbee is seemingly in line for a bigger position within the offense as nicely. 

Offensive line

OT: Trent Williams (SF), Andrew Whitworth (LAR)

G: Justin Pugh (ARI), J.R. Sweezy (ARI)

C: Weston Richburg (SF)

Williams has been one of many perfect tackles within the league for a very long time. Taking a yr away from the dysfunctional Washington franchise mustn’t change that, and he’ll simply step into the position previously crammed by Joe Staley. Mike McGlinchey would have been an equally good selection for the second deal with spot, however we as a substitute wager on Whitworth getting again to the extent he had beforehand maintained for a couple of decade. 

This isn’t an important division for guard play, however the Cardinals’ inside duo appear like the most effective of the bunch. They’re, not less than, dependable starters. Richburg went down with an damage halfway by way of final yr and the 49ers did not miss a beat, however that does not make him any much less high quality of a middle. Again within the lineup, he needs to be again to taking part in nicely in the course of one of many NFL’s finest offensive strains. 

Defensive entrance

EDGE: Chandler Jones (ARI), Nick Bosa (SF)

IDL: Aaron Donald (LAR), Michael Brockers (LAR)

LB: Bobby Wagner (SEA), Ok.J. Wright (SEA), Fred Warner (SF)

Jones has extra sacks than anyone within the NFL since arriving in Arizona 4 years in the past, and Bosa is likely to be the most effective wager of anyone within the league to high that checklist over the following 4 years. Nonetheless in his prime at 30 years previous, Jones is an absolute terror coming across the edge, and pretty much as good a wager for double-digit quarterback takedowns as anyone within the league. Bosa deservingly gained Defensive Rookie of the 12 months final season, and he arguably might have gained Defensive Participant of the 12 months. He’ll compete for that award yearly so long as he stays wholesome. 

Donald is the most effective defensive participant within the NFL. Full cease. He would possibly even be the most effective participant, interval. You’ll be able to truly make it an argument with him and Patrick Mahomes, which is totally insane. Brockers, in the meantime, advantages from Donald’s presence, however is a productive inside lineman in his personal proper. 

Wagner stays one of many league’s premier linebackers, and he’s significantly proficient in protection. Seattle loves nothing greater than staying in its base protection always, which places a ton of strain on each him and Wright to cowl a whole lot of floor over the center of the sector. As a rule, they’re as much as the duty. Warner and teammate Dre Greenlaw each might have gotten a spot right here, however we ended up going with Warner, who carries a bit extra accountability in the course of the protection. 

Defensive backfield

CB: Jalen Ramsey (LAR), Richard Sherman (SF), Patrick Peterson (ARI)

SAF: Jamal Adams (SEA), Budda Baker (ARI)

Woooo boy this secondary is nice. Ramsey is pretty much as good a nook as there may be within the league when he’s on his recreation. The Rams let him shadow guys a bit extra usually than the Jaguars would, and that ought to proceed in 2020. He’ll receives a commission and he will deserve it. Sherman had one other incredible season a yr additional faraway from his Achilles tear. He regarded nice, like his ordinary self previous to the damage. We’re betting on that man displaying up once more. Peterson was suspended for six video games final season however had in any other case by no means missed a single recreation — or the Professional Bowl — in his total profession. We’re absolutely anticipating that very same man this yr. 

Adams transferring from the AFC East to the NFC West modified the development of those groups a bit, as he completely needed to take certainly one of these spots. He is likely one of the finest field safeties within the league, and a greater cowl man than nearly everyone else who performs that position. Baker, in the meantime, is popping into a flexible playmaker on the again finish of the Arizona protection and will solely get higher in his fourth NFL season. 


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