NFL Pro Bowl 2011: What the AFC Pro Bowl Roster Should Look Like

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NFL Pro Bowl 2011: What the AFC Pro Bowl Roster Should Look Like
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Foster should be starting behind his fullback in Hawaii.

AFC Offensive Starters

QB—Tom Brady, Patriots

RB—Arian Foster, Texans: The best back in the AFC; that should have been obvious.

FB—Vonta Leach, Texans: Paved the way for Foster all season long.

WR—Reggie Wayne, Colts: Mr. Consistent is once again deserving of starting in the Pro Bowl.

WR—Andre Johnson, Colts: Wayne and Johnson will probably be in the Pro Bowl together throughout their careers.

TE—Antonio Gates, Chargers: Best AFC tight end even with the injuries and games missed.

OT—Joe Thomas, Browns: Anchored the offensive line that gave Peyton Hillis a Pro Bowl deserving season.

OT—Flozell Adams, Steelers: Adams should be the first person Rashard Mendenhall thanks for his successful season.

OG—Brian Waters, Chiefs: Made lanes for Jamaal Charles to gash through with consistency.

OG—Logan Mankins, Patriots: One of the biggest reasons why Brady doesn't get sacked a lot.

C—Nick Mangold, Jets: The voters got it right with Mangold.

 

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This was one of Mathis' best seasons ever, and that's saying something.

AFC Defensive Starters

DE—Robert Mathis, Colts: A constant disruption in the backfield and second among AFC defensive linemen in sacks.

DE—Jason Babin, Titans: First among AFC defensive linemen in sacks.

DT—Vince Wilfork, Patriots: A viable candidate for AFC Defensive Player of the Year.

DT—Haloti Ngata, Ravens: Ngata and Wilfork were pretty obvious choices for defensive tackle.

OLB—Cameron Wake, Dolphins: Wake came out of nowhere to lead the NFL in sacks.

OLB—James Harrison, Steelers: This guy was made to be an NFL linebacker, even if he does get fined a lot.

MLB—Jerod Mayo, Patriots: A constant pursuer who led the NFL in tackles.

CB—Darrelle Revis, Jets: Revis Island isn't exactly a popular vacation destination.

CB—Champ Bailey, Broncos: One of his best seasons ever as far as shutting down receivers...and he didn't even make the roster.

FS—Ed Reed, Ravens: Surprise, surprise.

SS—Donte Whitner, Bills: A silver lining for the Bills. Whitner is tied for fourth in the NFL in tackles and he's a safety.

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How Champ didn't even make the roster is beyond me.

 

AFC Special Teams Starters

P—Shane Lechler, Raiders: You can never go wrong with Lechler.

K—Nick Folk, Jets: Second in the AFC in scoring and a big reason why the Jets made the playoffs.

KR—Marc Mariani, Titans: This guy deserved it. He showed some flash for an otherwise dismal Titans team.

ST—Montell Owens, Jaguars: The least popular roster spots but congrats to Owens anyway.

 

AFC Offensive Reserves

QB—Peyton Manning, Colts: Hawaii is his second home.

QB—Philip Rivers, Chargers: Didn't make the playoffs but is still the third-best QB in the AFC.

RB—Peyton Hillis, Browns: This guy did everything for Cleveland and really lit up the NFL.

RB—Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars: Pocket Hercules has given the Jaguars a playoff contending season.

WR—Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs: A career year for Bowe, who helped Kansas City to a division title.

WR—Brandon Lloyd, Broncos: One of the few bright spots for the Broncos this season.

One of Brandon Lloyd's many great catches this season.

TE—Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars: A consistent target for Garrard all season.

OT—D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets: He and Mangold anchor one of the best offensive lines in football.

OG—Coopere Carlisle, Raiders: One of the reasons for McFadden's success.

C—Jeff Saturday, Colts: The most underrated center in the NFL. 

 

AFC Defensive Reserves

DE—Dwight Freeney, Colts: Freeney and Mathis are like Harry and Lloyd; you can't have one without the other. 

DT—Tommy Kelly, Raiders: The wrong Raider was picked for this spot.

OLB—Tamba Hali, Chiefs: Probably the biggest reason for one of the most improved defenses in the NFL this season.

MLB—James Farrior, Steelers: Another great season on another great defense.

CB—Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders: Made it difficult for receivers to get open all season, like he's done throughout his career.

S—Michael Griffin, Titans: One of the best safeties in the NFL and doesn't get enough credit.

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