In the NFL, Pro Bowl teams are selected within each conference, expanding the pool to 16 teams aside to choose "All-Stars" from. But, imagine a situation in which an all-star team was chosen featuring players from each of the NFL's eight divisions, narrowing the pool to just four teams to choose each separate set of "All Stars" from?
That's what Dave Dameshek of NFL.com did, compiling a division-by-division All-Pro team, followed up a ranking of each squad.
The Patriots, who have four consecutive divisions titles to their name, are the most well-represented team on Dameshek's AFC East squad, with seven players and Bill Belichick as the head coach for the team.
Offensively, the Patriots placed four players on the list: quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, offensive tackle Nate Solder and guard Logan Mankins, four pillars of the team's NFL-best offense in 2012. Defensively, nose tackle Vince Wilfork, linebacker Jerod Mayo and safety Devin McCourty were also highlighted, giving the Patriots the slight edge to Buffalo's six members on the team.
Unfortunately for the division, Dameshek believes the AFC East to be the weakest of all eight, as he writes: "Brady notwithstanding, the offense is pretty crummy. And the defense might be even worse."