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PFF Features Two Browns on Midseason All-Pro Team

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Despite being 2-7 past the half-way point of the season, Pro Football Focus found two members of the Cleveland Browns who are worthy of being on their All-Pro teams. Odds are that you won't guess the players they chose.

First up is RT Mitchell Schwartz. Schwartz benefits from there only being one left tackle and one right tackle spot, because many left tackles would grade ahead of Schwartz, including LT Joe Thomas. However, when it comes to players who strictly play right tackle, Schwartz currently holds the highest grade in the NFL:

Tackles: Tyron Smith, Cowboys, 94.3, and Mitchell Schwartz, Browns, 87.2

Second team: Terron Armstead, Saints, 92.7, and Ryan Schraeder, Falcons, 85.4

As abundant in talent as the left tackle market is, the right tackle one is devoid of it. It almost makes you understand why only left tackles get voted to end of season awards. Smith wins out, and guys like Joe Thomas and Andrew Whitworth can feel a bit slighted not to make the second team. On the right side, Schwartz has had some ups and downs, but is the best of the bunch.

Schwartz was the only player to be named a first-team All-Pro. Making the second-team All-Pro list is WR Travis Benjamin, but for his abilities as a punt returner, not a wide receiver. Benjamin is second only to WR Jarvis Landry of the Miami Dolphins. In naming Benjamin second among return men, PFF said the following about him:

Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns (0.0 on KOR, +5.0 on PR)

After also returning kickoffs for the previous three seasons, Benjamin has exclusively returned punts in 2015, and has performed very well.  He has four returns of more than 20 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown versus the Titans in Week 2.  His 13.0 yards per return is third among qualifying players, and Benjamin is the highest amongst those with 14 or more punt returns.

Unfortunately, when it comes to rookie honors, neither PFF nor NFL.com ranked a member of Cleveland's rookie class in their Top 10.