Pro Bowl Roster 2013: Biggest Snubs That Should Be in Hawaii

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2013

SEATTLE, WA. - DECEMBER 23: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates a tackle during the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle,Wa. The Seahawks won the game 42-13. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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The NFL Pro Bowl features the best players in the NFL, but a few stars are noticeably absent from the roster.

There were a number of late replacements for the event due to various injuries. Additionally, all players on the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers headed to the Super Bowl needed a fill-in at their positions.

However, there were still some players left off the final roster despite having great seasons.

These players deserved to be rewarded with All-Star recognition for putting together great years. 

 

Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

If not for the unbelievable rookie crop this year, Alfred Morris would have been one of the best stories of the NFL season.

The sixth-round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic earned the start at running back in Week 1 and never looked back. He finished the year second in the league with a franchise-record 1,613 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. 

Along with quarterback Robert Griffin III, the two rookies led the Washington Redskins (the top team running the ball with over 169 yards per game) to an NFC East title.

Adrian Peterson obviously deserves the Pro Bowl after a historic year, but Morris could have easily replaced either Marshawn Lynch or Doug Martin with little argument.

 

Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks

Cornerbacks are rarely judged by statistics, but Richard Sherman's 2012 season was an exception.

The second-year player led the NFL with 24 passes defended and was one behind Tim Jennings for the league lead with eight interceptions.

For good measure, he also added one sack and three forced fumbles, with one recovered.

Sherman was definitely one of the best players at his position in the NFL and will remain an elite defensive back for years. He deserved the opportunity to play in Hawaii.

 

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

A lot of receivers had impressive years, but there is little excuse for keeping  Dez Bryant away from the Pro Bowl.

Including injury replacements, 11 different receivers were selected to the AFC or NFC roster. None of them had more touchdowns than Bryant's 12.

He also ranked sixth in the NFL with 1,382 receiving yards and 10th with 92 catches. 

Bryant was even better in the second half of the year with 10 touchdowns in the final eight games of the year, including 295 in the last two.

The Cowboys receiver showed the pure skill that made him one of the top prospects coming out of the draft. One would be hard-pressed to argue that he was not among the best in the league and should not have been named to the Pro Bowl.

 

Full Rosters (via NFL.com)

*-denotes starter
x-denotes out because of injury
y-denotes replacement for injured or Super Bowl player
z-will not play; Super Bowl participant

*-Peyton Manning, Denver
x-Tom Brady, New England
y-Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
Matt Schaub, Houston

*Arian Foster, Houston
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City
z-Ray Rice, Baltimore
y-C.J. Spiller, Buffalo

z-Vonta Leach, Baltimore
*y-Marcel Reece, Oakland

*-A.J. Green, Cincinnati
*-Andre Johnson, Houston
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
x-Wes Welker, New England
y-Demaryius Thomas, Denver

x-Rob Gronkowski, New England
x-Heath Miller, Pittsburgh
y-Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati
y-Owen Daniels, Houston

*-Joe Thomas, Cleveland
*-Duane Brown, Houston
x-Ryan Clady, Denver
y-Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati

x-Logan Mankins, New England
z-Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
y-Richie Incognito, Miami
Wade Smith, Houston
y-Zane Beadles, Denver

*-Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
Chris Myers, Houston

*-J.J. Watt, Houston
*-Cameron Wake, Miami
Elvis Dumervil, Denver

*-Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
x-Vince Wilfork, New England
z-Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
y-Randy Starks, Miami
y-Kyle Williams, Buffalo

x-Von Miller, Denver
*-Tamba Hali, Kansas City
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis
y-Justin Houston, Kansas City

*-Jerod Mayo, New England
Derrick Johnson, Kansas City

*-Champ Bailey, Denver
*-Johnathan Joseph, Houston
Antonio Cromartie, N.Y. Jets

z-Ed Reed, Baltimore
y-Jairus Byrd, Buffalo

*-Eric Berry, Kansas City
LaRon Landry, N.Y. Jets

Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City

Phil Dawson, Cleveland

z-Jacoby Jones, Baltimore
y-Josh Cribbs, Cleveland

Matthew Slater, New England

John Denney, Miami

x-Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
x-Matt Ryan, Atlanta
y-Drew Brees, New Orleans
y-Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants
x-Robert Griffin III, Washington
y-Russell Wilson, Seattle

*-Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
y-Doug Martin, Tampa Bay
z-Frank Gore, San Francisco

*-Jerome Felton, Minnesota

x-Calvin Johnson, Detroit
x-Brandon Marshall, Chicago
*-Julio Jones, Atlanta
*-Victor Cruz, N.Y. Giants
y-Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
y-Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay

x-Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta
y-Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota
Jason Witten, Dallas

z-Joe Staley, San Francisco
*-Russell Okung, Seattle
y-Jermon Bushrod, New Orleans
x-Trent Williams, Washington
y-Matt Kalil, Minnesota

z-Mike Iupati, San Francisco
y-Josh Sitton, Green Bay
*-Jahri Evans, New Orleans
Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants

*-Max Unger, Seattle
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay

*-Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants
*-Julius Peppers, Chicago
Jared Allen, Minnesota

z-Justin Smith, San Francisco
*-Henry Melton, Chicago
y-Ndamukong Suh, Detroit
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay

z-Aldon Smith, San Francisco
x-DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
x-Clay Matthews, Green Bay
y-Chad Greenway, Minnesota
y-Ryan Kerrigan, Washington
y-Anthony Spencer, Dallas

y-Daryl Washington, Arizona
y-London Fletcher, Washington
z-Patrick Willis, San Francisco
z-NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco

*-Charles Tillman, Chicago
*-Tim Jennings, Chicago
Patrick Peterson, Arizona

z-Dashon Goldson, San Francisco
Earl Thomas, Seattle
y-Thomas DeCoud, Atlanta

z-Donte Whitner, San Francisco
y-William Moore, Atlanta

Thomas Morstead, New Orleans

Blair Walsh, Minnesota

Leon Washington, Seattle

Lorenzo Alexander, Washington

Don Muhlbach, Detroit