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Pro Bowl 2013: Defensive Players Who Will Make a Splash

Charles Tillman will have a great Pro Bowl.
Charles Tillman will have a great Pro Bowl.Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIJanuary 25, 2013

The Pro Bowl 2013 is almost upon us and while the game is known as an offensive shootout, there will still be defensive players who will make a splash. 

Which of the stud defensive players will have a great game in Honolulu?

Read on to find out.


Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati 

Geno Atkins had a phenomenal year for the Bengals and was rewarded with a Pro Bowl start.

The defensive tackle had 53 tackles, 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. He was a force in the middle of the defensive line for the Bengals and was a main reason that the team had the seventh-ranked pass defense and the 12th-ranked run defense.

Atkins will get a chance to show off his skills in Honolulu. The offensive line won't block as they normally do in a game, and Atkins can use his explosion and strength to get after the quarterback.

Look for Atkins to have a few sacks and become a household name with a top performance in the Pro Bowl.


Charles Tillman
, CB, Chicago


Charles Tillman solidified his standing as a top cornerback with a fantastic season.

Tillman had 85 tackles, three interceptions and a remarkable 10 forced fumbles.  

He doesn't get a lot of recognition league-wide, but that will change after the Pro Bowl.

Look for Tillman to continue his turnover-causing ways and force a few fumbles in this game.


Jairus Byrd, FS, Buffalo

Jairus Byrd was one of the main reasons that the Bills had the 10th-ranked pass defense.

He had 76 tackles, four forced fumbles and five interceptions.

Because there's a lot of passing in the Pro Bowl, Byrd will have plenty of chances to make some plays. 

He's a natural ballhawk and that will serve him well in this game. He could end up having a pick or two. 

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