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No Love for Browns Players at PFF to Close Out Season

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For most of the season, Pro Football Focus had ranked Cleveland Browns defensive end Jabaal Sheard in their top ten slots when it came to the race for "rookie of the year." In fact, for the first few weeks of the regular season, both Sheard and defensive tackle Phil Taylor were near the top five. Taylor faded quickly, but Sheard stayed up there until a little bit past the half-way point of the season before fading as well. As a result, Sheard was not listed in the PFF's list of top ten rookies. He also wasn't listed on their Rookie All-Pro list, getting beat out by J.J. Watt and Aldon Smith.

The real crime in all of this, though? Left tackle Joe Thomas was not named to PFF's All-Pro team. He wasn't even named to their second-team All-Pro team. Those honors went to Jason Peters of the Eagles and Duane Brown of the Texans. Is it time to stage a boycott? No other Browns were nominated, but close-to-being-acquired defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was named a first-teamer due to his stop percentage against the run.

Here's something that might make you happy: Ike Taylor was No. 1 on the top 10 most "toasted" cornerback performances from the past four seasons. It was hard to believe they didn't list Eric Wright's performance against Anquan Boldin in their top 10. No sign of Joe Haden on that list, for obvious reasons.

PFF did offer one statistic to close out the season about a Browns player: "Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin had 45 stops on the year, which is eight more than any other defensive/nose tackle."