Four Vikings Named to Associated Press All-Pro Teams

Harrison Smith intercepts a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers. Photo: AP/Jeffrey Phelps
Harrison Smith intercepts a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers.

January 05, 2018 01:07 PM

Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrison Smith were both selected First Team All-Pro by the Associated Press. Defensive end Everson Griffen and wide receiver Adam Thielen were named Second Team All-Pro.

Rhodes has established himself as one of the top shutdown corners in the NFL and this is his first All-Pro selection. His passer rating against of 73.0 was third best in the NFL during the regular season.

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Smith led the Vikings with five interceptions and was a key component in the Vikings defense that allowed opponents only a 25.2 percent third down conversion rate. That's the best mark since the NFL started tracking the statistic in 1991.

Griffen set a career-high with 13 sacks and joined Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as the only players to register a sack in each of the first eight games of the season.

Thielen finished fifth in the NFL with 1,276 receiving yards and eighth in the league with 91 catches.

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