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5 Atlanta Falcons Who Could Make Pro Bowl In 2014

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5 Atlanta Falcons Who Could Make Pro Bowl In 2014

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The Atlanta Falcons entered the 2013 season as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, but it fell way short of expectations. The Falcons were riddled with injuries and a lot of underachieving players as they finished the season with an ugly 4-12 record. There is still a lot of talent on their 53-man roster and if the team plans for a bounce back season, they need some players to play at a Pro Bowl level.

5. Osi Umenyiora

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5. Osi Umenyiora

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Osi Umenyiora didn't miss a beat when he joined the Falcons in 2013. The two-time Super Bowl champion finished the 2013 season with 7.5 sacks and 47 tackles to his name. He will turn 33 years old in November, so many expect a decline from him soon, but it seems as if he has no plans of slowing down. Umenyiora has been a great signing for the Falcons so far, and I expect another great season from him.

4. Jake Matthews

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4. Jake Matthews

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One of the benefits of finishing 4-12 was the ability to land a high draft pick and draft a new starting tackle. Jake Matthews was the No. 6 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and even out of high school he was regarded as one of the best tackles in the country. It remains to be seen if he can be one of the best tackles in the NFL, but the 2013 All-American tackle has the tools to be an anchor on the offensive line for years to come.

3. Matt Ryan

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3. Matt Ryan

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Matt Ryan is the engine behind this high-powered Falcons offense. He will be without the future Hall-of-Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, but Ryan does not lack in offensive weapons. With Julio Jones, Roddy White and a solid one-two combo at running back, Ryan has all of the tools to make this offense work, but he needs to rebound next season. His QB rating dipped from 99.1 to 89.6 in 2013, and I expect him to get that number back up to 99 in 2014.

2. Desmond Trufant

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2. Desmond Trufant

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Desmond Trufant has the makings as the next shut down corner in the NFL. He's been compared to Joe Haden and Patrick Peterson, and now it's up to him to prove those comparisons true this season. Last season, he had a 70 tackles and two interceptions;, that 70 tackle number is pretty darn impressive for a corner back. The only reason why he doesn't have more interceptions is because quarterbacks are afraid to throw his way.

1. Julio Jones

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1. Julio Jones

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The 25 year old from Alabama took the league by storm following his 2011 season as a rookie with 956 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. In 2012, he was a stud once again with 1,198 receiving yards and 10 scores, but in 2013 he suffered an injury early in the season and missed more than half of the year. Julio Jones is a star at the position and there's no doubt that he can make the Pro Bowl again like he did in 2012.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.