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