Which New York Giants Players Deserve to Be in the Pro Bowl?

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 19, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants signals in the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Next week we'll get the full Pro Bowl rosters, and people will care. They shouldn't, because fan voting has ruined what would otherwise be a fun and fair process for determining who the league's best players are each year. 

That's another reason why it's significantly more impressive to be named to an All-Pro team than a Pro Bowl team. 

Regardless, there's a lot of fan interest. So allow me to give you a rundown of Pro Bowl candidates on the 2012 New York Giants roster, along with my take on who actually deserves the nod.

Pro Bowlers

Jason Pierre-Paul: JPP was one of only two Giants named to the NFC team last year, but with Eli Manning slumping and no one else emerging I'm going with the versatile third-year defensive end as the team's only representative in 2012. With only 6.5 sacks through 14 games, it's also been a disappointing year for Pierre-Paul, but he still makes the cut.

Close, but no cigar

Chris Snee: Snee led the charge as the Giants' running game got back on track this season, having a bounce-back season at the age of 30. But there are three of four guards in this conference that were better than him. Both San Francisco starters and Evan Mathis come immediately to mind. 

Victor Cruz: No way Cruz deserves a spot over Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant or Julio Jones. However, he should be a top alternate.

Will Beatty: The left tackle quietly had a real solid season. By no means was it a Pro Bowl season, but I wouldn't be surprised if he made the cut in 2013. 

Stevie Brown: He hasn't played as much as the others and still has a ridiculous seven interceptions. I really wanted to include Brown on my team, but went with William Moore, Dashon Goldson and Morgan Burnett. 

Martellus Bennett: Great year for the former Cowboy in his first year with the Giants, but he stood little chance in a conference containing Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham. 

Not even close despite their reputations

Eli Manning: List of NFC quarterbacks I'd place ahead of Manning includes Aaron Rodgers, Robert Griffin III, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and yes, even Tony Romo. But at least he had a better year than Michael Vick...

Ahmad Bradshaw: He was better this year when he was on the field, but Bradshaw just couldn't stay healthy...again.

Prince Amukamara: Became the team's top corner in his first full year in a starting role, but he still wasn't a shutdown corner and has slipped up a bit in the second half of the year.

Hakeem Nicks: Injuries crushed his 2012 campaign.