All-NFC North Team: Offense

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Who will be the best players in the NFC North this year? John Crist from Bear Report, Nate Caminata from Roar Report, Bill Huber from Packer Report, and Tim Yotter from Viking Update got together and came up with an all-star team for the division. Here is a look at the offense ...

Quarterback

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay *
Although he had the impossible task of replacing the legendary Brett Favre after a three-year apprenticeship, the 6-3, 220-pound passer lit up the league to the tune of 4,038 yards through the air and 28 touchdowns in his first year as the starter.

Tim Yotter: "Until Jay Cutler proves he can do it with lesser receivers, Rodgers gets the nod with his returning receiver corps."

Running Back

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota *
Coming off a league-leading 1,760 yards rushing and remaining relatively injury-free in 2008, Peterson is primed to be the No. 1 pick in most every fantasy football draft and may be ready for a 2,000-yard campaign.

Nate Caminata: "He's in another category unto himself, if he can stay healthy. Provide him with an actual quarterback – Tarvaris Jackson doesn't count – and he'll carry Minnesota into the playoffs."

Fullback

Naufahu Tahi, Minnesota
With three of the four starting fullbacks in the division each getting at least one vote, Tahi is the best of a fairly mediocre bunch and helps pave the way for Peterson's sheer brilliance on the ground – although "Purple Jesus" doesn't need much help.

John Crist: "The fact that three of the four starters got at least one vote only goes to show how obsolete the fullback position has become."

Wide Receiver

Calvin Johnson, Detroit *
Even catching passes from the likes of Dan Orlovsky and Drew Stanton this past season, Johnson racked up 78 receptions for 1,331 yards and 12 touchdowns and will be Matthew Stafford's new best friend very soon.

Bill Huber: "If Matthew Stafford is for real, look out."

Wide Receiver

Greg Jennings, Green Bay *
Donald Driver is the elder statesman of the Packers receiving corps, but Jennings has emerged as one of the premier deep threats in the game and hauled in 21 touchdowns passes the previous two years.

TY: "It will be even more interesting to revisit this assessment with the new quarterbacks entering the division."

Tight End

Greg Olsen, Chicago
While Desmond Clark is technically still the starter and a pretty good pass catcher in his own right, Olsen is the smart choice to lead the Bears in receptions and might make his first trip to the Pro Bowl with Jay Cutler at the controls.

NC: "Chicago's tight end situation is the envy of the league."

Tackle

Bryant McKinnie, Minnesota *
The Vikings have had trouble at right tackle and are hoping rookie Phil Loadholt is the answer, but McKinnie is a mountain on the left side of the line and can be dominant even though he's a little bit of a bonehead at times.

JC: "Peterson only needs a small sliver of space because of his power-speed combo, but McKinnie can open up a lane in a hurry."

Guard

Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota *
The only marquee name at the guard position in the NFC North, Hutchinson pairs with McKinnie to give the Vikings a bruising left side of the line capable of breaking Peterson into the clear on any given play.

BH: "An all-timer at this position."

Center

Olin Kreutz, Chicago *
While he may not be a Pro Bowler these days and hasn't been invited back to his native Hawaii since 2006, Kreutz is the best in the division yet again after Matt Birk's defection to Baltimore as a free agent in the offseason.

BH: "One of the best in the business, he gets the nod over Dominic Raiola."

Guard

Daryn Colledge, Green Bay
With Jason Spitz being moved to center, Colledge is now the top guard in Titletown and started all 16 contests for the first time in his three-year career this past season – Spitz and Roberto Garza of the Bears also got a vote.

TY: "Hutchinson is immovable when he anchors, but after that the choices drop like an anchor."

Tackle

Chad Clifton, Green Bay
He would have been a unanimous selection if not for the arrival of Orlando Pace in the Windy City during free agency, but Clifton still gets the nod here over the surefire Hall of Famer because of his enviable durability.

JC: "Orlando Pace used to be better and Chris Williams could be better one day, but Clifton is better right now and deserves a spot on this team."

* Unanimous selection


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