ACC in the NFL: 2017 All-ACC NFL All-Star Team

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 05: Julius Peppers
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 05: Julius Peppers /
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Offensive Line

46. . (Boston College). . LT Anthony Castonzo. 74. team

Anthony Castonzo takes over as this year’s left tackle. Though the Indianapolis Colts did not have a good season with just four wins, that was not Castonzo’s fault.

For the second consecutive season, the former Eagle played in all 16 games and protected Jacoby Brissett’s blind side as he passed for over 3,000 yards. When running to his side, the Colts ranked 10th in rushing with a 4.63 yards per carry.

Though he didn’t make the Pro Bowl, Castonzo did rank as PFF’s 17th best offensive lineman for the season.

I would like to make an Honorable Mention for last year’s left tackle Duane Brown who did make the Pro Bowl but overall didn’t seem as impressive as Castonzo.

. (North Carolina). . LG James Hurst. 74. team. 26

Hurst is the first of four Tar Heels to make this team and like a few others benefited from the lack of competition at the spot from other former conference players. Hurst, who played left tackle at UNC, started all 16 games for the Ravens this season.

Baltimore was sixth nationally when rushing toward the middle of the line and Hurst was part of that. He was also part of a unit that finished fourth in the NFL in pass protection.

Honorable mention here to fellow former Tar Heel Jonathan Cooper who had a good season with Dallas after what had been a bust career thus far.

28. . (Florida State). . OC Rodney Hudson. 61. team

For the second-straight season, Hudson holds down the center position. Hudson isn’t just one of the best centers in the league, he is also one of the best linemen in the league.

Hudson finished 25th in the PFF rankings and was also named to the Pro Bowl for a second straight season, though his team failed to make the postseason despite high expectations following last season’s run.

47. . (Georgia Tech). . RG Shaq Mason. 69. team

Mason joins Lewis as the second member from the AFC Champion New England Patriots. Mason was part of a team that led the league in total yards and was second in the league in passing yards.

The former Yellow Jacket was part of a line that ranked second in the NFL in second level yards and was the best when the running back rushed up the middle.

Though Mason does not get the acclamation other guards do, he did rank 19th overall for PFF after allowing just one sack this season.

LANDOVER, MD – OCTOBER 29: Running back Rob Kelley
LANDOVER, MD – OCTOBER 29: Running back Rob Kelley /

Moses takes this spot for the second straight season. Washington did fail to make the playoffs once again but it was not because of Moses who started all 16 games at right tackle for a third straight season and helped Kirk Cousins finish fifth in the league in passing.

Moses did not receive any All-Pro or Pro Bowl honors, but is a building block for a Washington squad who will be starting a Pro Bowl quarterback under center next season in Alex Smith.