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

Zach GreubelCorrespondent IIDecember 29, 2010

Foster should be starting behind his fullback in Hawaii.
Foster should be starting behind his fullback in Hawaii.Al Bello/Getty Images

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.