2014 Pro Bowl Roster: 15 Rookies Who Deserved a Trip to Hawaii

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15 Rookies Who Deserved a Trip to Hawaii

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The 2014 Pro Bowl rosters have been released and there are plenty of fans who are not pleased with what they saw. Sure, there are several big-named players who absolutely deserved to be on the list. With that being said, there are also a lot of players that definitely deserved to be mentioned and were nowhere to be found. In particular, there are plenty of rookies that did enough in 2013 to get some recognition in the Pro Bowl spotlight.

Typically, it is hard for rookies to earn a Pro Bowl selection because not many fans know who they are. There are several players on the slideshow that the average fan has probably never heard of, but that doesn’t mean the players should be neglected for a spot on the Pro Bowl roster. In fact, several of the rookies mentioned on the countdown outperform numerous big-named players who get the big paychecks and all the fame that comes with it.

There are only 15 rookies mentioned on the slideshow. However, that doesn’t mean there were several others who didn’t do enough to be recognized for their efforts during the regular season. In fact, it has been an interesting year in which several rookies answered the call.

Make sure to click through the slideshow to see the 15 rookies who deserved to be on the 2014 Pro Bowl roster and go along on the trip to Hawaii. Also, make sure to comment below on which rookies you believe should be selected to the Pro Bowl roster.

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Eddie Lacy Running Back

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Eddie Lacy is the heavy favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. He set a Green Bay Packers franchise rookie record after he posted 1,112 rushing yards on the season. To add to it, Lacy has averaged 4.2 yards per carry, scored 10 rushing touchdowns and recorded 242 receiving yards.

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Zac Stacy Running Back

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Zac Stacy has established himself as a long-term running back. He’s not quite the versatile back, but he’s a hard runner who will put up consistent rushing numbers. He has posted 958 rushing yards, 4.1 yards per carry and seven touchdowns.

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Le’Veon Bell Running Back

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Unlike Stacy, Le’Veon Bell is a very versatile back who can hurt opponents in the run and receiving game. He may only have 770 rushing yards and 3.4 yards per carry. However, he also has hauled in 44 receptions for 393 yards. He has seven rushing touchdowns as well.

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Keenan Allen Wide Receiver

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If there is anyone on this list that absolutely deserved a Pro Bowl roster spot, it’s Keenan Allen. Along with Lacy, the wide receiver is the other favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Allen has caught 66 receptions for 957 yards, eight touchdowns and he’s only fumbled once. He averages 14.5 yards per catch and 68.4 yards per game.

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DeAndre Hopkins Wide Receiver

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DeAndre Hopkins showed signs of promise, but also was an inconsistent wide receiver in 2013. It certainly didn’t help that he never got to build chemistry with a constant a quarterback. Regardless, Hopkins still put up 767 receiving yards, two touchdowns and an average of 16.0 yards per catch.

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Eric Reid Free Safety

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I would be shocked if Eric Reid wasn’t in the discussion for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The free safety has 67 total tackles, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 14 defended passes this season.

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John Cyprien Strong Safety

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John Cyprien leads all defensive backs and defensive linemen in total tackles (98). He also has one sack, one interception, two forced fumbles and four defended passes. Basically, he’s one of the very few bright spots on a Jacksonville Jaguars team that has been horrendous in 2013.

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Marcus Cooper Cornerback

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Marcus Cooper leads all defensive backs in passes defended (21) and defensive touchdowns (1). He also is second in interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (1). Even though Cooper only has 40 total tackles, his other numbers speak for themselves.

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Ezekiel Ansah Defensive End

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Many questioned why Ezekiel Ansah was taken so high in the 2013 NFL Draft. However, the defensive end answered those questions with his stellar performance this season. Ansah leads all rookies in sacks (8) and he’s second in forced fumbles (2).

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Sheldon Richardson Defensive End

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Sheldon Richardson will definitely be in the conversation for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The defensive end has 76 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble. More importantly, he has helped strengthen a dismal New York Jets run defense.

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Chris Jones Defensive Tackle

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Chris Jones is second among all rookies with five sacks on the season. He also ranks second among defensive linemen with 50 total tackles. The defensive tackle has been force on a New England Patriots team that ranks sixth in the league in sacks (44).

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Kiko Alonso Middle Linebacker

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Kiko Alonso gets my vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The middle linebacker has been outstanding in every aspect of the game in 2013. He leads all rookies in total tackles (145) and is only 12 behind the NFL lead. Alonso also has two sacks, four interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and nine defended passes. Needless to say, I would be shocked if he didn’t receive the ROY award.

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Alec Ogletree Outside Linebacker

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Alec Ogletree has been very busy this season. The outside linebacker leads all rookies in forced fumbles (6) and third in the league overall. He ranks third among rookies in total tackles (109) and also has 1.5 sacks as well as 10 defended passes. On top of that, he returned an interception 98 yards but was stopped just short of the goal line.

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Justin Pugh Right Tackle

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Right tackle Justin Pugh has been one of the more consistent players on an incredibly inconsistent New York Giants football team. Once he makes his start in Week 17, he will become the first opening-round draft choice to start every single game in his rookie season since Lawrence Taylor did it in 1981.

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Kyle Long Right Guard

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Many were shocked to see the Chicago Bears select right guard Kyle Long with their first round draft pick. However, Long is owed an apology by the Chicago fans and media as he has posted a fine season in 2013. He’s been a huge part of the offense’s newfound success this year, and his ability to pick up the offense immediately shows how special he truly is.