Splash’s August Hot Take-o-Meter: All-Pro Predictionsby Ryan Potts September 1, 2020 0 comments
With the season beginning in just a few weeks, it is time to project the glorious All-Splash team, a riff on the usual All-Pro team. Per usual, there will be a cold take option and a hot take option.
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Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes will break Peyton Manning’s record for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season before taking Week 17 off.
Hot Take: Kyler Murray
After a solid rookie season, Murray will post 5,000 total yards and 40 total touchdowns.
Running Back: Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey will lead the NFL in scrimmage yards and scrimmage touchdowns for the second-straight year.
Hot Take: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
2017 Kareem Hunt posted 1,782 yards from scrimmage as a rookie. Edwards-Helaire will outdo that.
Wide Receiver: DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins will make his fourth-straight All-Pro team with another gaudy stat line.
Hot Take: Courtland Sutton
Sutton will follow up on his breakout season with a season that makes Drew Lock look like the future in Denver.
Wide Receiver: Michael Thomas
Thomas will have 130 catches, 1,500 yards, and 10 touchdowns in 2020.
Hot Take: Kenny Golladay
Golladay will be in play for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns with a full season of aggressive Matthew Stafford.
Tight End: George Kittle
Kittle is the best receiving tight end, and he will post gaudy numbers while San Francisco’s wide receivers recover from injury.
Hot Take: Darren Waller
Waller will replicate his yardage total and add a handful of extra touchdowns to earn All-Pro consideration.
FLEX: Travis Kelce
Kelce may not be the best tight end in football, but he will break 1,000 yards for the fifth-straight season.
Hot Take: Hayden Hurst
After two quiet years in Baltimore, Hurst will be unleashed in Atlanta’s offense, outperforming the best efforts of Austin Hooper.
Tackle: Ronnie Stanley
The 2016 first-round pick figured it out in 2019, and he will continue to be a force in 2020.
Hot Take: Jonah Williams
Williams will dominate in his “rookie” season as the rest of the Cincinnati line erupts in flames.
Tackle: Ryan Ramczyk
Ramczyk will repeat as All-Pro right tackle.
Hot Take: Orlando Brown
The 6-foot-8 behemoth will bowl over blockers as the Ravens dominate in the rushing attack again.
Guard: Quenton Nelson
Nelson will make it three-for-three in the All-Pro department.
Hot Take: Graham Glasgow
After some strong years in Detroit, Glasgow will pave the way for a sturdy Denver offense, challenging 2013 Louis Vasquez into elite play.
Guard: Zack Martin
Rinse, wash, and repeat. Martin will make the All-Pro team for the fifth time in his career.
Hot Take: Chris Lindstrom
After an injury-filled 2019, the 2019 14th overall pick will be great in 2020.
Center: Rodney Hudson
Hudson will make his fourth Pro Bowl and his first All-Pro team.
Hot Take: Frank Ragnow
Detroit’s line fell apart in the off-season, but Ragnow will be elite in 2020.
Defensive Tackle: Aaron Donald
Donald will do Donald things and make the All-Pro roster for the sixth-straight season.
Hot Take: Quinnen Williams
He underwhelmed as a rookie, but Williams is poised to breakout in 2020.
EDGE: Cameron Jordan
Jordan will get back to his 2017 form with another All-Pro season.
Hot Take: Josh Allen
Allen will improve on his 10.5 sacks as a rookie.
EDGE: Myles Garrett
Garrett will lead the NFL in sacks, earning an All-Pro nod.
Hot Take: Chase Young
Young will one-up the efforts of Nick Bosa and make the All-Pro team as a rookie.
Linebacker: Bobby Wagner
Wagner will make the All-Pro team for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Hot Take: Cory Littleton
Littleton’s stellar coverage capabilities will make waves in the AFC West.
Linebacker: Fred Warner
After breaking out in 2019, Warner will back it up and play like the best linebacker in the NFL.
Hot Take: Roquan Smith
Smith will stay healthy in 2020, and he will go to the Pro Bowl.
Linebacker: Darius Leonard
Leonard will both make the All-Pro team and the Pro Bowl roster in 2020.
Hot Take: Isaiah Simmons
Simmons will be a superstar from Day 1 in the NFL.
Cornerback: Stephon Gilmore
He will not win Defensive Player of the Year again, but he will be the best cornerback in football for the third straight year.
Hot Take: Xavien Howard
Cornerback: Tre’Davious White
White will continue to be elite, allowing a passer rating under 50.0 for the second straight year.
Hot Take: Jeff Okudah
Okudah has struggled in camp, but he will use his tremendous technique to shutdown receivers in the NFC North.
Free Safety: Kevin Byard
Owner of 17 interceptions in three seasons, Byard will get back to an All-Pro level in 2020.
Hot Take: Marcus Williams
Williams had 13 pass deflections and four interceptions in 2019. His ball-hawking abilities could vault him into All-Pro consideration.
Strong Safety: Jamal Adams
Adams will announce himself to Seattle with his second All-Pro season in a row.
Hot Take: Chuck Clark
With Earl Thomas out of the picture, Clark can prove he has do-it-all capabilities as a safety.
Defensive Back: Darius Slay
Slay will make his fourth-straight Pro Bowl and earn his second All-Pro nod.
Hot Take: Carlton Davis/Jamel Dean
The duo combined for three interceptions and 36 pass deflections in 2020, and they should be even better in 2020.
Kicker: Justin Tucker
Tucker will add his fifth All-Pro nod in 2020.
Hot Take: Younghoe Koo
Koo hit 88.5 percent of his field goals with Atlanta last year. He seems to kick with confidence.
Punter: Tress Way
Way led the NFL in yards per punt in 2019. He should do the same in 2020.
Hot Take: Corey Bojorquez
Famous for having the same playoff passer rating as Carson Wentz, Bojorquez will need to improve his net average to have a shot at an All-Pro nod.
Returner: Deonte Harris
Harris led the NFL in punt returns and return yardage in 2019. He has the benefit of returning both kicks and punts, and he could replicate his 2019 All-Pro nod.
Hot Take: Steven Sims
Sims led the NFL in kick returns last year, and he scored a touchdown. Picking the league’s best returner is often a crapshoot, but Sims is a solid prediction.
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