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The Associated Press released its 2020 All-Pro teams and despite the Vikings having some great performers this year, Minnesota landed just a single player on the second team.
The honor for Jefferson is well deserved. However, it is kind of surprising that he’s the lone Vikings representative on the list.
There were definitely some Minnesota players who stood out as some of the best in the league this year. It might have been a disappointing season, but the team still has talent.
So who was snubbed? Let’s take a look:
RB Dalvin Cook
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Titans RB Derrick Henry finished with 2,027 rushing yards on the year, so I'm not saying Cook should be a first-team All-Pro. However, Cook had more rushing yards and as many rushing touchdowns as the player named to the second team. Saints RB Alvin Kamara was given second-team honors over Cook. Kamara did have more receiving yards than Cook this year, but Cook played in one less game. Kamara had a stellar season, but I think you can make the argument that Cook should be on this list instead of him, especially when you consider how much worse the Vikings offensive line is than the Saints. Also, Cook never got to run through the horrendous Vikings defense for six rushing touchdowns.
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Kendricks had three interceptions, six passes defended and 107 tackles in 11 games this season. He had a PFF grade of 82.6, which is a better grade than any of the linebackers named to the second team. One of the players to make the second team, Devin White, had a PFF grade of 43.4. Due to having a different role as a linebacker than Kendricks, it becomes hard to compare basic stats (White of course had more sacks, Kendricks of course had more interceptions and passes defended). But I think Kendricks should have found a way onto this list.
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Smith finished the season with five interceptions and 10 passes defended. He had a PFF grade of 74.3. It's hard to compare Smith to second-team nod to the Seahawks' Jamal Adams due to different roles on the defense (Smith isn't the pass rusher Adams is, but Adams is a lot worse at pass coverage). But Smith did have the better PFF grade. Smith also had more interceptions than the Bengals' Jessie Bates, but honestly Bates is very deserving of second-team accolades with 15 passes defended and a 90.1 PFF grade. This snub isn't egregious, but there is a case that Smith should be in over Adams on the second team.