Which Philadelphia Eagles Players Deserve to Be in the Pro Bowl?

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 20, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Guard Evan Mathis #69 of the Philadelphia Eagles before a game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/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 Philadelphia Eagles roster, along with my take on who actually deserves the nod.


Pro Bowlers

Evan Mathis

Far and away the best guard in football for the second year in a row. While the rest of the offensive line was imploding, Mathis was steady in pass protection and dominating as a run blocker. He's an absolute stud and should be a shoo-in for an All-Pro guard spot. 


Close, but No Cigar

Trent Cole

Cole was stuck trying to maintain grip on the deck of the Titanic, but he still had a pretty productive year. The problem was that his sack total dropped off yet again. Definitely not worthy of a Pro Bowl spot.

Fletcher Cox

He's only started about two third of the season, but only two defensive tackles have more sacks than the rookie No. 12 overall pick. Cox came on too late and had too much trouble with the run to be a Pro Bowler, but he might be earning some votes late.

Brandon Graham

Graham's sack total just isn't high enough and he didn't take enough snaps to get it higher. Can't include a 4-3 defensive end with only 5.5 sacks, even though I really want to.


Not Even Close Despite Their Reputations

DeMeco Ryans

His first season in Philadelphia was solid, but he disappeared far too often. Ultimately, Ryans stood no chance in a conference with Patrick Willis and Daryl Washington. I'd keep NaVorro Bowman ahead of him, too, and maybe even Sean Lee. 

Nnamdi Asomugha

Asomugha had the worst year of his career. It was mediocre in every way. Pro Football Focus has him ranked as one of the worst cornerbacks in football. 

LeSean McCoy

One year after leading the league in touchdowns, McCoy scored only five times and averaged a pedestrian 4.2 yards per carry before getting hurt. 

Michael Vick

Vick's career crashed and burned in a mistake-filled disaster of a season before he finally succumbed to an inevitable injury. 

DeSean Jackson & Jeremy Maclin

Both receivers were victims of the offensive train-wreck in Philly, but neither could rise above it.