ESPN's John Clayton has released his midseason All-Pro team and both Marshal Yanda and Sam Koch have made the cut.
The names shouldn't surprise you as we've talked about both right guard Marshal Yanda and punter Sam Koch being at the top of their positions in the NFL. If either of these players don't make the Pro Bowl, I'll be disappointed in the process and frustrated at whoever made it over them.
The Ravens have recently extended both Yanda and Koch for good reason. Koch has been a major reason the Ravens have won as many games as they have over the seasons. Using his pinpoint punting skills to pin opponents deep in their own territory and ultimately allow the Ravens to win the field position battle. Yanda has been the best right guard in football over the years and is quietly building up a Hall of Fame resume that he will retire with. His mean streak on the field and pure ability at both blocking for the run and pass have given him numerous awards and records along the way.
The big news isn't necessarily that these two made the cut, but that Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams hasn't. We just talked recently about just how good he has been not only for the Ravens, but against the rest of his position group. It makes sense that Aaron Donald from the St. Louis Rams would be in the spot, but Kawaan Short, while good, hasn't been as dominant as Williams over the stretch. He is used as a big body to plug up the center of the line against the run and has been known to push double teams into the backfield to make a play behind the line of scrimmage. That type of domination is what we have seen out of the likes of Yanda and Koch and it deserves a spot on this list.