The Associated Press has published their 2016 All-Pro team, and three Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the list. Wide receiver Mike Evans, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David were all named to the second-team list.
All three nominations are obviously well-deserved, although arguably Mike Evans should have been a first-team All-Pro, leading the league in receiving first downs by a wide margin. McCoy had a solid season as always, anchoring a resurgent Bucs defense, while Lavonte David had more splash this year than at any point since his sophomore season. The criticism of him supposedly loafing was way overblown, I think.
There were a couple of snubs here, though. Kwon Alexander arguably could have made the list given that he led the league in solo tackles, though total tackles isn’t necessarily a good indicator of overall play.
More notably, Brent Grimes definitely should have been on here. The veteran led the entire NFL with a whopping 24 passes defensed, and added four interceptions (one a pick-six), a forced fumble and an impressive 51 tackles to his total. He was arguably the best overall player on the Tampa Bay defense this year, and certainly one of the top cornerbacks in the league. Yet he hasn’t made either the Pro Bowl nor was he named an All-Pro. Again: snubbed.