QB Aaron Rodgers Green Bay (Cal)
Andrew Luck can give it a good run, but Rodgers is pretty hard to pry off of this spot as a perennial MVP candidate, stat machine and winner that can get his team near the Super Bowl year in and year out.
RB Marshawn Lynch Seattle (Cal)
Lynch simply will not quit, rushing for more than 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns while leading the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
RB Justin Forsett Baltimore (Cal)
Forsett was a pleasant surprise filling in for Ray Rice, rushing for more than 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns.
FB Marcell Reece Oakland (Washington)
I know that fullbacks are a dying breed in football, but Reece is one of the best in the NFL and at times, the best back in the Raider backfield.
WR DeSean Jackson Washington (Cal)
Jackson had an excellent season moving from Philadelphia to Washington, with more than 1,110 yards receiving and six touchdowns even though his team had serious issues at quarterback.
WR Steve Smith Baltimore (Utah)
Smith had a bounce-back year upon moving to the Ravens with more than 1,000 yards receiving and six touchdowns.
TE Rob Gronkowski New England (Arizona)
Gronkowski proved this season that he is not just the best tight end in football right now, but he is in the conversation for the best tight end to ever play.
T Tyron Smith Dallas (USC)
Smith had a banner year, arguably turning into the best offensive lineman in the NFL.
G Kyle Long Chicago (Oregon)
Another coming of age year for a Pac-12 alum on the line as Long turned into one of the NFL's best guard and earned All-Pro honors.
C Ryan Kalil Carolina (USC)
Kalil continues to be one of the best centers in the game.
G David DeCastro Pittsburgh (Stanford)
DeCastro fought through injuries early in his career and is living up to the high expectations that surrounded him while coming into the league.
T Ryan Solder New England (Colorado)
Solder's development into a really good starting tackle has been a major development for the Patriots in the past couple of years.
DE Everson Griffen Minnesota (USC)
Griffen got some All Pro votes after a 12-sack 2014 season that was by far the best of his career.
DT Haloti Ngata Baltimore (Oregon)
Ngata is starting to come down off of his peak, but he was still a force in 2014 and part of a very good Ravens defense.
DT Star Lotulelei Carolina (Utah)
Lotulelei broke out in 2014 and looks like he could end up being an All-Pro eventually.
DE Jurrell Casey Tennessee (USC)
Casey wasn't as good as he was in 2013, but he still had 45 tackles and five sacks in 2014.
LB Clay Matthews Green Bay (USC)
Another great year by Matthews, earning All Pro votes and leading a Packer defense that nearly made it to the Super Bowl.
LB Terrell Suggs Baltimore (Arizona State)
Like his teammate Ngata, Suggs is falling a little bit from his best days, but is still one of the best players in the league at his position.
LB Mychal Kendricks Philadelphia (Cal)
Kendricks put together another great season with 62 tackles and four sacks while being valuable in pass defense and earning All Pro votes.
CB Richard Sherman Seattle (Stanford)
The only argument is whether Sherman is the best or second-best cornerback in the NFL.
CB Brandon Browner New England (Oregon State)
Browner has excelled since his exodus from the Seahawks across from Darrelle Revis on a stellar Patriot defense.
S Eric Weddle San Diego (Utah)
Weddle had another fantastic season, earning first team All Pro honors.
S T.J. Ward Denver (Oregon)
Ward moved from the Browns to the Broncos and had another good season with 60 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.
K Kai Forbath Washington (UCLA)
Forbath hit 88 percent of his field goals and scored 103 points in 2014.
P Johnny Hekker St. Louis (Oregon State)
Hekker had a 42.3-yard net punting average in 2014.
R De'Anthony Thomas Kansas City (Oregon)
Thomas made a splash as a returner in his rookie season, highlighted by a punt return for a touchdown.
QB Andrew Luck Indianapolis (Stanford)
Luck will soon be considered the best quarterback in the NFL and was just one game away from the Super Bowl with a questionable cast around him.
RB Jonathan Stewart Carolina (Oregon)
Stewart had his best season since 2009, rushing for more than 800 yards and scoring three touchdowns with another one coming on a reception.
RB Steven Jackson Atlanta (Oregon State)
Jackson just won't go away, he ran for more than 700 yards and six touchdowns in 2014 while receiving for 148 more.
WR Doug Baldwin Seattle (Stanford)
Baldwin was the Seahawks' go-to guy in 2014 with 66 receptions for more than 800 yards and three touchdowns while also playing well in the playoffs.
WR Keenan Allen San Diego (Cal)
Allen had a sophomore slump from his excellent rookie year but still had 77 receptions for nearly 800 yards and four touchdowns.
TE Coby Fleener Indianapolis (Stanford)
Luck's favorite target had a breakout year with more than 700 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.
T David Bakhtiari Green Bay (Colorado)
Bakhtiari had a breakout year with the Packers and has a very bright future going forward.
G Zane Beadles Jacksonville (Utah)
Beadles is another guy who is aging, but still a very good player.
C Max Unger Seattle (Oregon)
Unger's prowess up front is a big reason why Lynch rushes for so many yards.
G Eben Britton Chicago (Arizona)
A bit of a fall off here, but Britton is a good starter in the NFL.
T Mitchell Schwartz Cleveland (Cal)
Schwartz is a very good tackle who occupies the flank opposite of Joe Thomas.
DE Cameron Jordan New Orleans (Cal)
Jordan wasn't as good as he was in 2013, but finished with 32 tackles and 7.5 sacks with an interception while knocking down five passes.
DT Stephen Paea Chicago (Oregon State)
Paea remains a steady presence up front in the Bears defense.
DT Dwan Edwards Carolina (Oregon State)
Big fall off, but Edwards was solid in filling in for injured stars up front in the Panther defense.
DE Frostee Rucker Arizona (USC)
Rucker quietly had another good year with 20 tackles and five sack.
LB Brian Cushing Houston (USC)
Cushing had his most healthy season in a few years, playing in all but two games and playing well.
LB Paul Kruger Cleveland (Utah)
Quietly a stud player the past few years, Kruger had 36 tackles and 11 sacks in 2014.
LB Anthony Barr Minnesota (UCLA)
Barr had an excellent rookie season with 55 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
CB Desmond Trufant Atlanta (Washington)
Trufant has had some growing pains, but is starting to turn into a standout cornerback with 53 tackles, 16 passes defenses and three interceptions in 2014.
CB Sean Smith Kansas City (Utah)
A good year from the massive Smith, 47 tackles with 18 pass defenses and an interception.
S Rahim Moore Denver (UCLA)
Moore had maybe the best year of his career with 43 tackles and four interceptions.
S T.J. McDonald St. Louis (USC)
McDonald came alive in his second season with 84 tackles, two tackles and an interception.
K Nick Folk Jets (Arizona)
Folk was 82.1 percent on field goals this year and scored 119 points.
P Bryan Anger Jacksonville (Cal)
Anger averaged a neat of 39.6 in 2014.
R Jeremy Ross Detroit (Cal)