BRISTOL – We passed the midway point of the NFL regular season and the playoffs are in sight. A lot can change between now and that moment, but it is natural to assess how the players have looked after the first nine weeks.
So let’s take a look at who has been the best of the best in 2017 with our All-Pro mid-season team.

Probably the most difficult position to choose is that of a runner, since one can argue in favor of a handful of players. In the end, Gurley, who is in second place in yards from the line of scrimmage with 1,024 this season, took the recognition.

It says a lot of much about Hunt and Gurley that Le’Veon Bell was excluded from this list. Hunt leads the NFL in carries of 20 yards or more (eight), yards from the line of scrimmage (1,131) and has made the Kansas City offense more difficult to defend.

Brown has been the best player in a position saturated with talent. There is no weak point in his game, as he leads the NFL with 835 receiving yards and 57 receptions.

It was wonderful to see the immediate harmony formed between Hopkins and Deshaun Watson, who helped propel the entire franchise. During the six games Watson started, Hopkins averaged 91.8 yards and one touchdown per game.

The closed-wing position is a double function that includes impacting the air attack as well as standing out in blocks. Kelce can contribute in both areas, looking good when catching passes. He leads all NFL tight ends with 51 receptions and 629 yards, and his five touchdowns are just behind the six of Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz between tight ends.

Many Rams players deserve recognition for their performance this season, including Gurley, head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff. But let’s not overlook Whitworth’s contributions

While the Giants’ offensive line has been the target of criticism, Pugh is far from being the problem. He is versatile enough to move to other places in an instant, but his greatest strength lies in playing inside as a left guard.

There’s a lot to cheer about with the Saints right now. On the defensive, they have had a great reaction. The offensive backfield is impressive, but Unger’s reliability, communication and leadership at the center of the line can not be ignored. He has participated in all the plays this season.

There is no gap in Martin’s game. He can dominate at the point of attack with strength, he is athletic to play in space, he could not only be the best guard in the league, he could be the best offensive lineman, period.

When the Eagles lost All-Pro tackle Jason Peters, who would have been an excellent choice on this list, some questioned whether the team would trade Johnson on the left side. Philly decided not to do it, partly because it would have meant having two new starters in two different positions, but I also assume that it was because of how good Johnson is on the right side.

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