2019 NFL All-Pro honors were handed out Friday by the Associated Press, and with the release of that list comes the annual tradition of figuring out which players should be angriest about missing the cut. While it's hard to poke too many holes in this year's crop of All-Pro players, ther are five in particular who would not be wrong to feel shafted by the voting results.
5. Saints CB Marshon Lattimore
Marshon Lattimore bounced back from a poor season in 2019, making the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career. The Saints cover man allowed just 44 catches on 88 targets this year, which is a lower completion percentage allowed than All-Pro corner Stephon Gilmore. Dennis Allen's defense was a unit to be feared once again, and it is no coincidence that Lattimore returning to an elite level has keyed New Orleans' revival as they made it into the playoffs as a No. 3 seed.
4. Browns RB Nick Chubb
For a year in which almost nothing went right for the Cleveland Browns, Nick Chubb's ascension on the NFL's rushing yards list has been a pleasant surprise. Chubb trailed only Derrick Henry with 1,494 yards this year while averaging an even 5.0 yards per carry in just his second season in the league. He also chipped in with 278 yards as a receiver and eight touchdowns. At this rate, Chubb will absolutely be in the All-Pro team if he keeps improving in Year Three. Anything less would be a travesty.
3. Ravens S Earl Thomas
Earl Thomas continued to play like an elite safety in his first season in Baltimore after a messy divorce with the Seattle Seahawks. Thomas recorded 49 tackles, picked off two passes, and piled up his first two sacks of his NFL career in 2019, and allowed just a 44% completion rate on passes for which he was the primary defender. His installation at free safety was a major factor in Baltimore's defense becoming one of the most aggressive in the league, and he should have been justly rewarded for it.
2. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes missed two games this season due to injury and he didn't match his insane touchdown production from 2018's MVP campaign, but that doesn't take away the fact that he was once again among the best in the league at chucking it down the field. Mahomes cracked 4,000 yards, tossed 26 touchdowns, and was picked off just five times in leading the Chiefs to a first-round playoff bye. An argument certainly exists for Russell Wilson over Mahomes for the second All-Pro QB slot behind Lamar Jackson, but the prolific Chiefs passer probably should have been there given the sheer value added to his team.
1. Packers LB Za'Darius Smith
Is there any player more underrated or downright disrespected across all of football than Za'Darius Smith? The Packers newcomer was a major part of Green Bay turning its defense totally around in 2019, but his 13 sacks weren't enough to earn an All-Pro nod -- or even a Pro Bowl selection. Despite somehow flying under the radar on one of the best and most marketable teams in the league, Smith's excellent season should have been given the credit it deserves. TJ Watt got voted All-Pro at two different positions, and one of those surely could have gone to Big Z.