New York Jets: Predicting Jets' Pro Bowlers in 2012
The New York Jets may have trouble uniting as a team, but the team is loaded with gifted individuals.
From top to bottom, New York's roster may be the most talented in the entire league.
Gang Green boasts two players that are arguably the best in the business at their respective positions. They also have young stars who are ready to break out this upcoming season.
Here are my predictions on which Jets will head to Hawaii this season to play in the Pro Bowl.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson had a down year in 2011, but he still managed to make the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season.
Ferguson has emerged as one of the game's top left tackles in recent years. He has been a critical part of Gang Green's rushing success in the Rex Ryan era.
The former first-round pick possesses outstanding durability—he has not missed a start in his six-year career.
With a desire to improve his game entering this year, expect Ferguson to re-establish himself as an elite tackle this season.
Nick Mangold is widely regarded as the best center in the NFL. He is just about a lock to make his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl.
Mangold is one of the game's most complete offensive lineman. He is an outstanding run-blocker, a terrific pass-blocker and a vocal leader.
The Ohio State product has missed only two starts in his six-year career, and the Jets offense struggled mightily in his brief absence.
Mangold's importance to New York's offensive success is unparalleled.
The 28-year-old is well on his way to being the greatest offensive lineman in Jets history.
No defensive player since Deion Sanders has been feared by opposing offenses as much as Darrelle Revis.
Since entering the league in 2007, Revis has been the best cornerback in football.
Revis has shut down some of the most dynamic wide receivers of this generation, including the likes of Calvin Johnson, Reggie Wayne and Randy Moss.
Since 2008, the Pittsburgh product has ranked 15th, first, 31st and second, respectively, in passer-rating allowed. He also ranked 43rd, first, first and second, respectively, in opponent-catch percentage.
Revis has also collected 18 interceptions, five fumble recoveries and three touchdowns in his five-year career.
The 26-year-old will once again compete for the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012. Short of getting injured, he will make his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl.
David Harris went from being a solid linebacker to an elite one in 2011.
Harris led all NFL inside linebackers in both sacks (five) and interceptions (four). He also recorded 85 tackles, nine pass deflections and a touchdown.
The former second-round pick was one of last year's biggest Pro Bowl snubs. He is one of the most underrated defensive players in football.
Harris has piled up 19.5 sacks, six interceptions and 513 combined tackles in his five-year career.
The Michigan product should progress even further this upcoming season, and he has a good chance to make his first Pro Bowl.
Like Harris, Sione Pouha is one of the most underrated players at his respective position.
Pouha has consistently ranked among the game's top nose tackles in recent years, and he is arguably the league's top run-stuffer.
Despite turning 33 this offseason, Pouha is primed for another terrific season in 2012.
The Utah product has improved each of the last three seasons and the addition of dynamic first-round pick Quinton Coples will only make him better.
Coples will attract attention away from Pouha, allowing him to explode through the line of scrimmage.
Expect the mammoth Hawaiian to be heading back to his home state for the Pro Bowl at the end of this season.
Other Jets with a Good Shot to Make the Pro Bowl
The Jets are stacked with players who are talented enough to make a bid for a Pro Bowl roster spot this season.
Brandon Moore has been considered one of the league's top guards for years now, but it took until last year for him to finally make his first Pro Bowl. Moore will enter this season fully healthy and he could easily head to Hawaii in February.
Joe McKnight emerged as one of the most dangerous kick returners in the league last year in his sophomore season. The USC product led the league with 31.2 yards per return. If he can cut down on his fumbles, McKnight could be a Pro Bowl return man.
Quinton Coples and Stephen Hill are both raw and need to develop, but they have the talent to surprise in their rookie seasons.
LaRon Landry has struggled with injuries over the last few seasons, but when he is on the field, he is one of the top strong safeties in the league.
Santonio Holmes is coming off a miserable season on and off the field, but he is still among one of the most talented receivers in the game.