2014 Pro Bowl Rosters: Alshon Jeffery and the Top 20 Biggest Snubs
2013 Pro Bowl Rosters: Alshon Jeffery and the Top 20 Biggest Snubs
The time has finally come for fans everywhere to celebrate voting in the most popular players in all of football. That's right, it's the time of year where the Pro Bowl rosters are announced and everyone goes nuts over all of the players who were snubbed of a chance to head to Hawaii and play in the NFL's "All Star Game."
This year is no different. There were plenty of players voted in based on popularity, or simply because they played for a successful team. Guys like Troy Polamalu, Patrick Willis and Frank Gore headline some of those players that may not have had the best years of their career, but because they were a popular choice, especially among younger voters, they got the nod to head to Honolulu.
Left out, as always, were much more deserving players this year. There were some guys who may not have had enough playing time, or starts, to have justified a Pro Bowl selection. On the other hand, there were also guys that played every game but were not yet as well known, therefore they did not get in.
The team that players come from also play a big part in the voting. Most younger voters don't look at teams with losing records and analyze their offensive or defensive linemen when voting. It's much easier to just pick the one or two popular guys that you may have heard of due to too many fantasy drafts in Madden.
What about rookies? Should they get a real shot at making the game, or do they need to prove themselves more than just one season? Wait a second, isn't the Pro Bowl about just one season as a whole anyway?
With all of this in mind, I am sure you already have a few of your favorites that did not make it onto the roster this year. Here are the top 20 Pro Bowl snubs of 2013 that probably include some of your choices.
20. G Larry Warford, Detroit Lions
As a rookie, Larry Warford did not allow a single sack this season. What more do you need to know? Sure, offensive guard is a position that voters often overlook and pick the guys they have heard of before, but Warford made a name for himself to the true fans out there.
19. RB Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Let me say first, that you will find a few running backs on this list that could have made a case for the Pro Bowl. Eddie Lacy is one of those guys. Without him, the Green Bay Packers’ offense would have been much worse off as they would not have been able to run the ball. Lacy was also tied for third in the league with 10 touchdowns.
18. RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris was 5th in the league in rushing, higher than both Gore and Marshawn Lynch who made it in. A victim of a terrible team and two guys who were more of a fan favorite of their own, Morris was snubbed.
17. LB Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs
I can tell you this: Derrick Johnson has played at a higher level than Willis this season. It’s tough when the Pro Bowl is all about popularity, and Johnson is a perfect example of just that.
16. RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno only finished 11th in rushing yardage, but his 10 touchdowns come in tied for third in the league. Without Moreno, the Denver Broncos’ offense would have been completely one-dimensional.
15. S Glover Quin, Detroit Lions
This is all you need to know: According to Pro Football Focus, there was no safety in the entire league that quarterbacks posted a lower rating when throwing toward (30.3). Glover Quin also tacked on 53 tackles and three picks, but his mark was made in coverage.
14. WR Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
The fact that Jordy Nelson put up over 1,200 yards with four different starting quarterbacks and continually made more highlight reel grabs than any other wide receiver in the league makes it tough to keep him out.
13. S Devin McCourty, New England Patriots
Devin McCourty was really the unsung hero of the New England Patriots' pass defense, which would have been ranked toward the bottom of the league had he not been back there. His stats don't necessarily show his talent and worth, which is why fans may have skipped over him.
12. G Evan Mathis, Philadelphia Eagles
What is the biggest reason LeSean McCoy ran wild this season? Answer: Evan Mathis. If you watch any big runs by McCoy, I guarantee you that Mathis’ block on the play was a huge reason why it took place.
11. S Antrel Rolle, New York Giants
Antrel Rolle took to twitter to prove his Pro Bowl worth by retweeting a photo of his stats compared to Polamalu, Eric Berry and Kam Chancellor who made it in over himself. You know what? He had a point. Having more tackles and interceptions than all three of them, Rolle was definitely snubbed.
10. WR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Having more yards than both Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall, who made it in, DeSean Jackson was a vital part of the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense in 2013 and without him, they may not even be close to the playoffs.
9. LB Karlos Dansby, Arizona Cardinals
Karlos Dansby was about as well rounded of a linebacker there was in 2013. Having totaled 117 tackles, 18 passes defensed, 6.5 sacks, four interceptions and two defensive touchdowns, it is curious as to why he was left out.
8. DT Jurrell Casey, Tenessee Titans
Jurrell Casey not only led the league in sacks by an interior lineman with 10.5, but he had more than some of the top outside rushers in the league like Terrell Suggs, Cameron Wake and Ahmad Brooks. Why he didn't get in is puzzling.
7. DE Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets
If any single New York Jets player deserved to make the Pro Bowl, it was defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. The Jets were snubbed as a team, but Wilkerson's 10.5 sacks and continual disruption in the pass rush makes it very odd as to why he did not make it onto the roster.
6. LB Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills
Kiko Alonso will likely win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, but did not make it into the Pro Bowl based on the fact that a lot of voters still don't know about him. He plays for a subpar team, and in his first year he was simply not recognized as much as he should have been. 145 tackles and four interceptions as a rookie linebacker should automatically get you in, but in Alonso's case it did not.
5. QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles only started 9 games, but threw more touchdowns than:
Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, Alex Smith, Ryan Tannehill, Carson Palmer, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, Jay Cutler, Mike Glennon, Aaron Rodgers, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jake Locker, Sam Bradford, Josh McCown, Chad Henne, Geno Smith, E.J. Manuel, Matt Schaub, Jason Campbell, Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder… Should I keep going?
And you want to tell me only 9 starts can't get you into the Pro Bowl?
4. DE Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals
There aren't many defensive ends as underrated or more versatile than Calais Campbell. With 8.0 sacks on the season, Campbell didn't drop any jaws, but he was sure a force when it came to getting in quarterbacks' grills and stopping the run. Guys like this are overlooked because they simply don't have the gaudy statistics that younger voters look for.
3. LB Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers
There is absolutely no way that John Abraham, Suggs and Brooks deserved a spot more than Thomas Davis and another guy yet to come on this list. Davis, having torn his ACL three times, had an unbelievable season with 117 tackles, 4.0 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. On one of the league's premier defenses, it is a shame Davis was not selected.
2. WR Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery had more yards than Marshall and DeMaryius Thomas and more touchdowns than Andre Johnson, who all made it. In his second year, he made countless acrobatic catches and put defensive backs on blast with how he treated them during jump balls. It wasn't even fair at times. Jeffery could go up and grab the ball among two or three defenders no matter what they tried doing to him, because he was bigger, could jump higher and is already being talked about as having the best hands in the NFL by some.
1. LB LaVonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Out of the top 15 linebackers in total tackles, LaVonte David ranked first with the most sacks in 6.0. David also came in at 5th on the list with 137 tackles. To go along with his tackles and sacks, David racked up 10 passes defensed, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. When looking at the top linebackers in the league, David had the most impressive overall line than any of them and yet did not make it onto the Pro Bowl roster.
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