10 NFL Rookies Who Could Make the 2014 Pro Bowl

10 NFL Rookies Who Could Make the 2014 Pro Bowl

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It seems that every year one or two NFL rookies find a way to make the Pro Bowl team. Last year it was offensive rookie of the year Eddie Lacy who earned an invite. The 2014 NFL Draft was hyped as one of the strongest in recent memory, so here are 10 rookies with a legitimate chance to make the Pro Bowl this season.

10. Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney
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10. Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney
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Predicting the first overall pick in the draft to go the Pro Bowl is not going out on a very big limb, but Clowney has freakish ability and went to a great situation with the Texans. Opposing offenses already have to deal with J.J. Watt, meaning Clowney could get the benefit of more single blocking than he got in college which could result in double-digit sacks in his rookie season.

9. Sammy Watkins

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9. Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins
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Watkins is an amazing talent and could be the offensive difference maker the Bills have long been missing. He is a complete receiver who excels going down the field but is also great after the catch. He will be an impact player right away, and if E.J. Manuel can figure things out at quarterback, there is no telling how great Watkins will be in year one.

8. Jake Matthews

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8. Jake Matthews

Jake Matthews
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Offensive linemen are normally some of the most NFL-ready players coming out of the draft, and that is definitely the case with Atlanta Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews. Matthews will be protecting Matt Ryan's blind side and will do an outstanding job, helping Atlanta get back to the playoffs and earning himself a trip to the Pro Bowl.

7. Mike Evans

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7. Mike Evans

Mike Evans
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Evans is freak with incredible athletic ability. At 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, he will be a matchup nightmare for NFL corners and landed in a great situation with the Tampa Bay Bucs. After back-to-back seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving in college, Evans will have a great chance to eclipse 1,000 yards in his rookie season, especially with Vincent Jackson playing opposite him.

6. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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6. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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No NFL team needed a safety more than the Green Bay Packers did, and thanks to their great fortune they were able to land Clinton-Dix in round one of the draft. Clinton-Dix is a ball-hawk who will fit well in Dom Capers' 3-4 defense. He will have plenty of opportunities to make plays, and safety is a position where most rookies can make an impact right away.

5. Eric Ebron

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5. Eric Ebron

Eric Ebron
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Ebron is one of the most talented tight ends to come into the NFL in quite some time and should be an immediate impact player on a high-flying Detroit Lions offense. With Calvin Johnson on the outside, Ebron should get plenty of single coverage inside, and quarterback Matt Stafford should be targeting him early and often. With the retirement of Tony Gonzalez and the possible decline of Jason Witten, there is room in the Pro Bowl for Ebron.

4. Ryan Shazier

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4. Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier
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Shazier was one of the most talented defenders available in the 2014 draft, and he landed in the perfect spot in Pittsburgh. He fits best as an inside linebacker but is also a skilled pass rusher who is equally effective as a blitzer. No one knows how to utilize linebackers better than Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, and my hunch is that he will get the most out of Shazier in his rookie season.

3. C.J. Mosley

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3. C.J. Mosley

C.J. Mosley
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The Baltimore Ravens got an absolute steal by drafting Mosley with the 17th pick in the draft. Mosley can do it all and is the perfect player to fill Ray Lewis' old spot in the middle of the Baltimore defense. Generally it's easy for linebackers to make a big impact right away, and Mosley should be no different. Pro Bowl and defensive rookie of the year honors are definitely within his reach.

2. Calvin Pryor

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2. Calvin Pryor

Calvin Pryor
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Pryor was tailor made to play for Rex Ryan and the New York Jets. He is big, tough, physical and loves to hit. The Jets have done a great job in recent years of getting their rookies ready to play right away on defense, and Pryor should be an impact player from day one.

1. Greg Robinson

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1. Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson
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At 6-foot-5, 332-pounds, nobody in the 2014 draft was more physically impressive than Robinson. He may be the most talented offensive lineman to enter the NFL since Orlando Pace and has the potential to dominate the league for a decade. He is still very raw after just two years of college football, which is why the Rams are starting him out at guard instead of tackle, making his chances of making the Pro Bowl next season even better.


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