AFC Pro Bowl Roster 2013: Least-Valuable Players on This Year's Squad

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball off of a punt against the Houston Texans during the game at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The Pro Bowl isn't taken seriously by most NFL fans for many reasons, but the players who are selected cause the most arguments.

This year's AFC squad features many talented players on both sides of the ball, but some will be more valuable than others when the game actually goes down.

It could be because of the position they play, or it could be because someone else should be there, but a few players will not bring much value to the AFC's side of things in Honolulu.

Let's take a look at which players.


Matt Schaub

Schaub has led the Texans to 12 wins this season, so it's not completely unreasonable that he was voted into the game, but he's not going to do much when the time comes.

Winning the game is a quarterback's main priority, but that doesn't help you in an All-Star game. People want to see big plays, and he's not going to make that happen.

When you look at Schaub's 22 touchdowns compared to the other Pro Bowl signal-callers, he looks like a joke. Houston's success is the main reason for his spot on the team, but that's not a good enough reason.

By the time Schaub gets in, no one will be watching. He's a talented, trustworthy quarterback, but he's not a guy who anyone wants to see in the Pro Bowl.


Eric Berry

Berry is extremely talented, but he played for arguably the worst team in football. That shouldn't nix his chances at an individual honor, although you have to wonder how a Kansas City team with two wins earned five Pro Bowl bids.

He had 80 tackles and one interception this season, but you would like to see him do more in pass coverage. He's still improving his skill-set as a young player.

It's encouraging for the Chiefs, but he's not going to go a long way here. He's been excellent in run support this season, but the AFC's front seven will have no trouble covering for themselves.

In pass coverage, Champ Bailey and Johnathan Joseph can take care of themselves on an island as well.

Berry is only going to improve in the coming years, but he's not one to watch here.


Wes Welker

It's not so much about Welker as it is about Demaryius Thomas getting snubbed. 

Welker has 110 catches and five touchdowns this season. He's been just as valuable to the New England Patriots this season as he always has been, but he's just not the kind of guy you want to see in the Pro Bowl.

Thomas is. He has over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Peyton Manning has made him the Broncos' No. 1 target, and he's benefited from it with big results.

Welker will complement Reggie Wayne, A.J. Green and Andre Johnson well, but the Pro Bowl isn't about forming a cohesive offense. It's about scoring points in a way that pleases fans the most, and fans dig the long ball.

Even though Welker is talented, he adds very little value to the AFC's star-studded receiving corps.


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AFC Offense

Position Player Team
QB Peyton Manning Denver Broncos 
QB Tom Brady  New England Patriots 
QB Matt Schaub Houston Texans 
RB Arian Foster Houston Texans 
RB Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs 
RB Ray Rice Baltimore Ravens 
FB Vonta Leach Baltimore Ravens 
WR A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals
WR Andre Johnson Houston Texans 
WR Reggie Wayne Indianapolis Colts 
WR Wes Welker New England Patriots 
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 
TE Heath Miller Pittsburgh Steelers 
T Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns 
T Duane Brown Houston Texans 
T Ryan Clady Denver Broncos 
G Logan Mankins New England Patriots 
G Marshal Yanda Baltimore Ravens 
G Wade Smith Houston Texans 
C Maurkice Pouncey Pittsburgh Steelers 
C Chris Myers Houston Texans 
P Dustin Colquitt Kansas City Chiefs 
PK Phil Dawson  Cleveland Browns 
KR Jacoby Jones  Baltimore Ravens 
ST Matthew Slater New England Patriots 


AFC Defense

Position Player Team
DL J.J. Watt Houston Texans 
DL Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins 
DL Geno Atkins  Cincinnati Bengals 
DL Vince Wilfork  New England Patriots 
DL Elvis Dumervil Denver Broncos 
DL Haloti Ngata  Baltimore Ravens 
LB Von Miller  Denver Broncos 
LB Tamba Hali  Kansas City Chiefs 
LB Jerod Mayo New England Patriots 
LB Robert Mathis  Indianapolis Colts 
LB Derrick Johnson  Kansas City Chiefs 
CB Champ Bailey Denver Broncos 
CB Johnathan Joseph  Houston Texans 
CB Antonio Cromartie  New York Jets 
S Ed Reed Baltimore Ravens
S Eric Berry  Kansas City Chiefs 
S LaRon Landry New York Jets