Setting Pro Bowl Odds for Best Players on the San Francisco 49ers' Roster

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Setting Pro Bowl Odds for Best Players on the San Francisco 49ers' Roster
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The fact that the San Francisco 49ers saw an NFL-high nine players selected to the Pro Bowl roster in 2011 serves as an accurate indicator that the Red and Gold experienced a rather successful season.

Perhaps, though, it's the five first-team Associated Press All-Pro selections from a year ago that should tell us just how talented a bunch lies in the Golden City.

Though it wasn't the case with San Francisco, there are too many washed-up veterans who steal Pro Bowl roster spots they haven't earned, while hard-working youngsters go unnoticed because, quite frankly, no one really knows who they are. 

Look at 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, for example. In just his second NFL season, Bowman racked up 143 tackles alongside perennial Pro Bowl LB Patrick Willis and earned AP First-Team honors in the process. 

But a Pro Bowl selection he was not. Bears' veteran and perennial Pro Bowl inside linebacker Brian Urlacher was, despite a considerably less impressive season.

Anyway, my point is that most NFL pundits, players and fans believe the AP All-Pro selections serve as a more accurate gauge of individual player performance than the whole Pro Bowl balloting process does. 

Minnesota Vikings star defensive end Jared Allen once said it best following the unveiling of the 2011 AP All-Pro selections:

The All-Pro Team to me is one of the all-time accomplishments. Pro Bowls are nice, but guys get voted in longer than they should and guys who deserve to go don't always get to. It's the whole league. It's not just an AFC and NFC thing. So to me this is the honor I hold the highest. It's something to put on the resume and tell the grandkids about.

Nonetheless, earning a free trip to Hawaii is something anyone should get excited about—even a handsomely paid NFL star.

Then again, with the increasing amount of issues the Pro Bowl is facing, there may be no trip to Hawaii in the cards, anyway.

So, for the sake of NFL tradition and incredibly early offseason predictions, here are my Pro Bowl odds for the best players on the 49ers roster. For added fun, I've included odds of these players becoming a First-Team All Pro selection as well.

Besides, what else is there to do in mid-July?

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