It’s been very interesting to see Pro Football Focus grow over the years. We’ve cited their rankings and stats throughout the year, and we’re going to do it again when we take a look at their 2017 All-Pro Team.
There are two San Francisco 49ers players on that team (a steady drop from the six that appeared on their Week 17 team), and neither are surprising ... nor are they starters. The first is left tackle Joe Staley, who is the second-team left tackle. The second is kicker Robbie Gould, the second-team kicker.
Staley trails David Bakhtiari of the Green Bay Packers in the left tackle rankings. He had the highest pass-blocking efficiency of any offensive tackle, which is a good reason to be above Staley.
Gould connected on the most field goals of any kicker with 39 of 41, connecting on 95.1 percent of attempts. He also went 4-for-4 from 50-plus yards, and made 28 of 30 extra point attempts. They labeled Matt Prater as their starter, citing his 30-of-35 field goals on the season, and saying that all but one of his misses came from 50-plus yards.
So I don’t really see how Gould isn’t the starter. He hit more field goals, missed fewer field goals, and hit all of his shots beyond 50 yards. Still, it’s cool to see at least a couple 49ers players on the All-Pro team. I do wonder if Trent Brown would have made it at right tackle if he wasn’t injured, or if Reuben Foster could have made it if he played more earlier in the year.