2014 Pro Bowl Roster: Power Ranking the Top 25 Players
2014 Pro Bowl Roster: Power Ranking the Top 25 Players
The 2014 Pro Bowl rosters have been released with several big-named players on the list. The Pro Bowl is all about the recognition of the best players in the league for the season that was just played. I have to admit, a majority of the players mentioned definitely deserve the high honor. With that being said, there were also some snubs. Regardless, it is important to recognize the best players in the league, and a good way to do that is by ranking the top 25 who made the Pro Bowl roster.
Personally, I am not a huge fan of watching the Pro Bowl. That is because it is rather boring, especially when the players clearly are not going 100 percent because of the fear of injury. It is certainly understandable why players are hesitant to put in a full effort. On the other hand, it is still a game that should be played to win.
Some of the players on the countdown have been selected to the first career Pro Bowl, which is certainly big deal. Meanwhile, other players have made the roster before. Either way, it is always a honor to be recognized as one of the best athletes in a professional sport, which is what the Pro Bowl is all about.
Make sure to click through the slideshow to see the power ranking of the top 25 players who made the 2014 Pro Bowl roster. Also, make sure to comment below on any player that wasn’t mentioned that you believe should have made the top 25.
25. Earl Thomas
Safety Earl Thomas is fourth among defensive backs in total tackles (103). He also has five interceptions and defended 13 passes.
24. Eric Berry
Eric Berry has put together a consistent season in which he has 74 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and defended 13 passes.
23. Adrian Peterson
The reigning MVP will not reclaim his title this season. With that being said, Adrian Peterson still put together a marvelous year with his 1,266 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.
22. Julius Thomas
Julius Thomas is second among tight ends in touchdown receptions (12). He also has 752 receiving yards and has been a nice security blanket for Peyton Manning at times.
21. Tom Brady
Tom Brady has been able to put up decent numbers and lead his team to a division title with the worst supporting cast of receivers of his career. That’s not to say that his receivers are bad. It simply shows how good Brady truly is.
20. Jordan Cameron
Jordan Cameron has been a very nice surprise for the lowly Cleveland Browns. The man took his opportunity to start and ran with it. His 848 receiving yards, seven touchdowns and 11.3 yards per reception are all career highs.
19. Justin Tucker
Justin Tucker leads all kickers with a 92 percent conversion rate on field goal attempts. Along with that, he leads the NFL in field goals made (35) and has the longest made field goal of the season (61 yards), which helped keep the Baltimore Ravens alive in the playoff hunt.
18. Cameron Jordan
Cameron Jordan continues to get better as the seasons go on. He won’t reach his career high in tackles this year, but he does have 12.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recovers.
17. Brandon Marshall
It’s kind of crazy that Brandon Marshall was selected to the Pro Bowl and his teammate Alshon Jeffery wasn’t. A big reason Marshall made the roster was because of his 94 receptions and 11 receiving touchdowns, which ranks second in the league.
16. Cam Newton
Cam Newton has been a pleasant surprise in 2013, and he definitely deserves his Pro Bowl selection. His passing numbers aren’t off the charts by any means (3,230 yards, 22 touchdowns), but to put those numbers together with his 513 rushing yards and six touchdowns is impressive. Not to mention, leading his team to a playoff berth.
15. NaVorro Bowman
NaVorro Bowman has consistently made a difference in several areas this season. He has 135 total tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and defended nine passes.
14. Mario Williams
Mario Williams continues to prove why he was the top selection in the 2006 draft over Reggie Bush. His tackling numbers are still not anything to write home about, but he does rank second in the NFL in sacks (13). He also recorded a forced fumble and defended four passes.
13. Andre Johnson
Andre Johnson continues to impress after 11 years in the NFL. What’s even more remarkable is that he was able to do it without consistent play from a quarterback. Johnson ranks second in the league in receptions (103).
12. Demaryius Thomas
Some can make the case that Demaryius Thomas is dominating because of Manning. Regardless, the man is having a great season with his 12 touchdown receptions and 1,341 receiving yards.
11. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson continues to show that he is primed to be the best quarterback out of the 2012 draft class. Like Newton, his passing yards aren’t making any jaws drop. However, he does have 25 passing touchdowns to just nine interceptions. More importantly, he continues to make awe-inspiring plays every time he touches the football.
10. Vontaze Burfict
Vontaze Burfict leads the NFL in total tackles (157). He also has three sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, defended nine passes and has one defensive touchdown. Needless to say, Burfict definitely deserves his Pro Bowl selection.
9. Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman is hands down the most dangerous cornerback in the game. He leads the league with eight interceptions and he even returned one for a pick six. Along with that, he has 47 total tackles and defended 23 passes.
8. Jimmy Graham
It’s no surprise that Jimmy Graham has made the Pro Bowl roster again after his dominating performance in 2013. He leads all tight ends in receptions (81), receiving yards (1,144), yards per reception (14.1) and touchdowns (15). Teams should be wary of him in the playoffs.
7. Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles continues to impress as he has done everything possible to build off his impressive 2012 campaign. Make no mistake about it. A big reason the Kansas City Chiefs are in the playoffs is because of the way Charles has ran the ball. His 1,287 rushing yards are great, but it’s his league-high 12 rushing touchdowns that are most impressive.
6. Calvin Johnson
Calvin Johnson is the best wide receiver in the game. He has a league-high 12 touchdown receptions and averages 106.6 receiving yards per contest. He did all of that while playing injured too.
5. LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy might just be the most dangerous player in the game. He leads the NFL in rushing (1,476 yards, 5.1 yards per carry, 98.4 yards per game, nine touchdowns), and he also is a major threat in the receiving game.
4. Robert Quinn
Robert Quinn has had one heck of a season. I would be shocked if he wasn’t in the final conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. Quinn has a league-high 18 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown.
3. Robert Mathis
It will be a true crime if Robert Mathis isn’t in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. A big reason for that is he is having the best season of his career in his 11th year in the league. Mathis has 53 total tackles, 17.5 sacks and a league-high eight forced fumbles.
2. Drew Brees
Drew Brees continues to put up monster numbers (35 touchdowns, 4,781 passing yards) and has his team back in the playoff hunt after missing out last season.
1. Peyton Manning
5,211 passing yards, a NFL-record 51 touchdowns, 113 passer rating and 347.4 yards per game. Enough said?