Pro Bowl 2013: Young Players That Will Shine in NFL Showcase

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 21, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 14: Cornerback Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns watches as wide receiver A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Brown at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The NFL Pro Bowl is a great opportunity for young players to showcase their talent against some of the league's best. With many veterans dropping out, the Pro Bowl will take on a youthful feeling with two rookie quarterbacks and numerous players in their first couple of years in the league. 

While the effort level is always an issue, it's hard to avoid tuning in and watching the game with no other NFL action taking place. The way the game is played gives plenty of chances for young wide receivers and quarterbacks to impress.

Unfortunately, young defenders like J.J. Watt and Von Miller won't have many opportunities unless the effort level improves across the board. 


A.J Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals 

Green continued to show he's one of the game's top young wide receivers with a great follow-up to his rookie year. In addition to improving in almost every statistically category, Green showed great ability to go up and snatch the ball out of the air. 

As a deep threat, Green is made for this type of game. The quarterbacks should given Green plenty of chances for deep ball opportunities. He should finish the day with multiple long catches and likely more than one touchdown. 


Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks 

The rookie quarterback will replace Matt Ryan and get a chance to play in his first Pro Bowl. Wilson shocked almost everybody this season with his polished passing and ability to lead an offense. He's also shown how prideful and competitive he can be. He will want to play well in this game. 

Wilson will benefit heavily from the NFC's wide receivers. It will be quite the change from playing for the Seattle Seahawks, where Wilson didn't have solid wide receivers. Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, Victor Cruz and Vincent Jackson will make any quarterback smile.


Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

It's hard to believe Julio Jones is only in his second season. He was incredibly deserving of a Pro Bowl spot with another great season. Jones finished the year with 1,198 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He already has 18 touchdowns in his two-year NFL career. 

Much like Green, Jones will benefit from the type of game the Pro Bowl turns into. He will have no problem getting open down the field and the NFC quarterbacks will have all day to find him. Jones and Green could compete for the MVP award depending on which team pulls out the victory.