Which Washington Redskins Players Deserve to Be in the Pro Bowl?

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 20, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins hands the ball off to Alfred Morris #46 of the Washington Redskins during a game agaist the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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 Washington Redskins roster, along with my take on who actually deserves the nod.


Pro Bowlers

Robert Griffin III: Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan deserve a lot of credit for great seasons, but RG3 should be the the starter on the NFC team. The numbers and the circumstances tell the story on their own. 

Alfred Morris: I think it's pretty obvious that the three NFC backs should be the league's three leading rushers: Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch and the rookie Morris. Mike Shanahan is pretty good at this whole draft thing, eh?

Trent Williams: Tough year for tackles in the NFC. Williams didn't necessarily break out in an explosive way, but he was definitely a top-three left tackle in the conference. 

Will Montgomery: The vet was a great run blocker on all of those rushes up the middle, and he has given up only one sack all season. 

Lorenzo Alexander: The reliable veteran is my NFC special-teamer. 


Close, but no cigar

Rob Jackson: There's obviously no room for Brian Orakpo's surprisingly superb replacement in a conference with Anthony Spencer, DeMarcus Ware, Aldon Smith and Clay Matthews. But he deserves to be a alternate for the way he's performed all year. Great against the run, in coverage and rushing the passer. He's the NFC East's most underrated player.


Not even close despite their reputations

Santana Moss: Decent season in a morphed role, and he came up big often for Griffin. But he's no longer a top wide receiver. 

Ryan Kerrigan: It was supposed to be a big second season for the 2011 first-round pick as he teamed up with Orakpo. But Robin looked lost without Batman. 

DeAngelo Hall: No cornerback gave up more yards in coverage this year than the three-time Pro Bowler, per Pro Football Focus.

Josh Wilson: I had high hopes for Wilson entering this season, but he seemed to regress.