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5 Kansas City Chiefs Players Who Will Make 2014 Pro Bowl

5 Kansas City Chiefs Who Will Make 2014 Pro Bowl

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Seven Kansas City Chiefs (including alternates) went to Hawaii for the 2013 Pro Bowl. KC has a tougher schedule ahead of them this time around, and many consider them a team on the decline in 2014. Regardless of all that, several Chiefs are still well-positioned to make themselves Pro Bowlers once again this year. Here are five Chiefs who will earn themselves a role in the 2014 Pro Bowl, ordered from the most to the least obvious.

5. Jamaal Charles

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5. Jamaal Charles

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Like I said, ordered from the most to least obvious. Jamaal Charles should easily earn a spot at the Pro Bowl for the next 3-5 seasons. If he doesn't make it, injuries will almost surely be the reason why, so fans in KC will have much more to worry about than him missing a trip to Hawaii. Hopefully, I've burned enough effigies in the name of Roger Goodell and the Football Gods to make sure that never happens again.

4. Derrick Johnson

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4. Derrick Johnson

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Derrick Johnson's remarkable influence on KC's defense has earned him Pro Bowl trips in his last three seasons, and nobody should expect any different from him in 2014. His positive impact will be felt even more this year with the loss of Brandon Flowers and the continued development of other integral defensive players. All that gives DJ better odds for reaching the Pro Bowl than anyone on the team not named Jamaal Charles.

3. Justin Houston

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3. Justin Houston

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Justin Houston reached the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons as a full-time starter, terrifying opposing QBs every Sunday when he lined up opposite fellow pass rush expert Tamba Hali. While Hali is either in his prime or just passing it, Houston should only continue to get drastically better in 2014, giving him a serious chance for his third straight appearance.

2. Eric Berry

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2. Eric Berry

Eric Berry Kansas City Chiefs
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It can't be said enough how much pressure will be added to KC's defense with the loss of their best cornerback, Brandon Flowers. Perhaps nobody has more weight on their shoulders to make up for that loss than SS Eric Berry. This impressively skilled 25-year-old will be one year older and thus one year wiser in 2014, which solidifies him as a very realistic choice to return to Hawaii for his fourth Pro Bowl.

1. Travis Kelce

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1. Travis Kelce

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Yep, here's my dark horse. Travis Kelce has done much to impress in the preseason so far, which should earn him a shot as a starter at some point this season. With the savvy Alex Smith in the pocket, no Dexter McCluster to target and no new wide receivers to take up pass attempts, Kelce may get his chance to shine almost immediately. A good season for Kelce probably means a good season for the Chiefs overall, so let's just hope I'm right.