Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks is overlooked no more.

Snubbed in the Pro Bowl selection process a month ago, the fifth-year veteran earned a more prestigious honor when he made first team on the Associated Press' NFL All-Pro team.

"It feels good," Kendricks said. "Obviously, we have work to do this weekend [in an NFC wild-card game at New Orleans]. But it feels good. I can't lie."

Kendricks, who surpassed Rip Hawkins, who played in the early 1960s, to become the first player to lead the Vikings in tackles in each of his first five seasons, received 18 votes from AP's panel of 50 voters, including one from the Star Tribune.

That was enough to join Seattle's five-time first-team selection Bobby Wagner (32 votes) and the Saints' Demario Davis (18) as the first-team linebackers.

"Eric's had a good year," coach Mike Zimmer said. "He's a good kid. Works real hard. Has gotten better each and every year."

Kendricks turned heads among voters with his versatility as a sure tackler (110, 70 solo) and by being the league's best coverage linebacker. His 12 passes defensed were a league high for a linebacker, while the 83.0 passer rating on balls thrown in his direction was 20 points lower than the league average for linebackers, according to Pro Football Focus.

"I take pride in my pass coverage," Kendricks said. "I feel like not a lot of backers get the responsibility I get in pass coverage. But I'm OK with that. I embrace the challenge and I'm up for it."

Edge rusher Danielle Hunter and safety Harrison Smith were two other Vikings to receive votes from the Star Tribune. Neither made the first- or second-team units. Smith received seven votes to fall one short of second team. Hunter received just four votes in a crowded field that saw Arizona's NFL sack leader Chandler Jones (32 votes) and Pittsburgh's T.J. Watt (22) make first team.

Other Vikings receiving votes were Dalvin Cook (one point at running back and one point at flex), right tackle Brian O'Neill (one), Harris at safety (one) and linebacker Anthony Barr (one).

Kendricks is the second Vikings player in three seasons to not make the initial Pro Bowl field and then be voted first-team All-Pro. Safety Harrison Smith had that happen in 2017, although he eventually was added to the Pro Bowl.

"I got a lot of text messages saying, 'It was bull that you didn't make the Pro Bowl' and things like that," Kendricks said. "I was always like I'm not worried about it. I'll get what I deserve. Everything I've been doing is going to pay off. I truly believe in that."

With good reason now.