Stephon Gilmore is an AP First Team All-Pro for the first time in his career

Stephon Gilmore (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Stephon Gilmore (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Stephon Gilmore can now officially call himself an All-Pro. The Patriots cornerback has been named as a First Team All-Pro by the Associated Press for the first time in his career. Kyle Fuller of the Chicago Bears was the other cornerback named to the first team.

Gilmore also made the Pro Football Focus All-Pro team, after ranking as PFF's highest-graded cornerback for the 2018 season. He allowed a minuscule 60.6 passer rating over 90 targets (via Jeff Howe) and broke up 20 passes, the second-most in the NFL.

He becomes the fourth Patriots cornerback to be named a First Team All-Pro. Ty Law received the honor in 1998 and 2003, Asante Samuel got the nod in 2007, and Darrelle Revis earned the distinction in his only season in New England in 2014.

It's a much-deserved honor for Gilmore, who consistently delivered outstanding coverage in his second season with the Patriots. He was arguably the team's defensive MVP (you could argue Trey Flowers, who might be an All-Pro if not for a glut of high-end players at his position). Besides an off game against the Titans and a few scattered plays given up here and there, Gilmore has mostly been a lockdown corner for a defense that ranked seventh in the league with 20.3 points per game.

Cordarrelle Patterson was named to the AP All-Pro Second Team as a kick returner. Here are the full first and second teams via the AP:

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Flex: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
Tight End: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receivers: Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Left Tackle: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay Packers
Right Tackle: Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs
Left Guard: Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts
Right Guard: Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys
Center: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles

DEFENSE

Edge Rushers: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans; Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears
Interior Linemen: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams; Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
Linebackers: Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks; Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts
Cornerbacks: Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears; Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots
Safeties: Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears; Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers
Defensive Back: Desmond King, Los Angeles Chargers

SPECIAL TEAMS

Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
Punter: Michael Dickson, Seattle Seahawks
Kick Returner: Andre Roberts, New York Jets
Punt Returner: Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
Special Teamer: Adrian Phillips, Los Angeles Chargers

Second Team

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Running Back: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Flex: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
Tight End: George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receivers: Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons; Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
Left Tackle: Duane Brown, Seattle Seahawks, and Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints
Right Tackle: Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints
Left Guard: Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns
Right Guard: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens
Center: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers

DEFENSE

Edge Rushers: Von Miller, Denver Broncos; Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings
Interior Linemen: Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs; J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
Linebackers: Von Miller, Denver Broncos; C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens; Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys
Cornerbacks: Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys; Xavien Howard, Miami Dolphins
Safeties: Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings
Defensive Back: Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers

SPECIAL TEAMS

Placekicker: Aldrick Rosas, New York Giants
Punter: Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams
Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, New England Patriots
Punt Returner: Desmond King, Los Angeles Chargers
Special Teamer: Cory Littlejohn, Los Angeles Rams

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