Pro Bowl Tournament: By Division

James KeenContributor IIDecember 31, 2010

Pro Bowl Tournament: By Division

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    After reading and listening to everyone complaining about all the Pro Bowl snubs, I started thinking. What is one way we can get more high caliber players onto a roster to play the best against the best? The best thing I could come up with was a short, single elimination tournament. Take the top performing players from each team in each division. To the best of my ability these are the rosters I have come up with.

NFC South

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    Quarterback- Drew Brees, Josh Freeman

    This was tough. I went with Freeman over Ryan because Freeman has less picks, a better passer rating and is a threat to run the ball. I know a lot of you are thinking that Brees has 21 picks currently but for a tournament I want a guy that can play when it comes down to the wire and can pull a team on his own. The Falcons lead the NFC in rush attempts. Michael Turner was the horse of the Falcons offense. Not Matt Ryan.

    Running Back- Michael Turner, LaGarrette Blount

    Would love to stick a guy like Carnell WIlliams, Mike Goodson or Jason Snellig behind Blount because of their receiving abilities. But if Turner goes down, you have to have a pure rusher to step in.

    Wide Receiver- Roddy White, Marques Colston, Mike Williams

    Tight End- Tony Gonzalez, Kellen Winslow

    I would love to have put Jimmy Graham at tight end. However, even though he's been a force in his short time a a starter, he just hasn't gotten the playing time.

    Fullback- Ovie Mughelli

    Tackles- Sam Baker, Jon Stinchcomb

    Guards- Jahri Evans, Carl Nicks

    Center- Jonathan Goodwin

    Defensive End- John Abraham, Charles Johnson

    Defensive Tackle- Sedrick Ellis, Roy Miller

    Inside Linebacker- Curtis Lofton, Jonathon Vilma

    Barret Ruud was a good candidate but Vilma is a better pass-rusher and has forced more fumbles.

    Outside Linebacker- James Anderson, Geno Hayes

    Free Safety- Thomas Decloud, Sherrod Martin

    Strong Safety- Charles Godfrey

    It was tough to keep out the hard hitting, tackling machine Roman Harper but Godfrey's ball-hawking skills take it.

    Cornerback- Brent Grimes, Aqib Talib, Jabari Greer

    Punter- Thomas Morestead

    Kicker- Matt Bryant

    Return Specialist- Eric Weems

NFC North

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    Quarterback- Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler

    Running Back- Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte'

    Wide Receiver- Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson, Percy Harvin

    Tight End- Brandon Pettigrew, Visanthe Shiancoe

    Full Back- Jerome Felton

    Greg Olsen was a great red-zone target this season but lacked everywhere else due to falling victim to Mike Martz' system.

    Tackles- Chad Clifton, Bryan Bulaga

    Guards- Ryan Cook

    Center- Dominic Raiola

    Defensive End- Jared Allen, Julius Peppers

    Defensive Tackle- Ndamukong Suh, Anthony Adams

    Inside Linebacker- Brian Urlacher, Desmond Bishop

    Outside Linebacker- Chad Greenway, Clay Matthews

    Free Safety- Nick Collins, Louis Delmas

    Strong Safety- Daniel Manning

    Cornerback- Charles Woodson, Charles Tillman, Tramon Williams

    Kicker- Mason Crosby

    Punter- Chris Kluwe

    Return Specialist- Devin Hester

NFC East

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    Quarterback- Michael Vick, Eli Manning

    Running Back- LeSean McCoy, Ahmad Bradshaw

    Wide Receiver- Hakeem Nicks, Jeremy Maclin, Desean Jackson

    Tight End- Jason Witten, Chris Cooley

    Full Back- Mike Sellers

    Tackles- Jason Peters, David Diehl

    Guards- Chris Snee, Leonard Davis

    Center- Andre Gurode

    Defensive End- Justin Tuck, Trent Cole

    Defensive Tackle- Barry Cofield, Chris Canty

    Inside Linebacker- London Fletcher, Bradie James

    Outside Linebacker- DeMarcus Ware, Brian Orakpo

    Free Safety- Antrel Rolle, Kurt Coleman

    Strong Safety- Quintin Mikell

    Cornerback- Asante Samuel, Terrell Thomas, DeAngelo Hall

    Kicker- David Akers

    Punter- Matt Briar

    Return Specialist- Brandon Burks

NFC West

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    Quarterback- Sam Bradford, Alex Smith

    Running Back- Steven Jackson, Tim Hightower

    Frank Gore was the second best rusher in the west but being on Injured Reserve keeps him out.

    Wide Receiver- Larry Fitzgerald, Mike Williams, Michael Crabtree

    Tight End- Vernon Davis, Daniel Fells

    Full Back- Michael Robinson

    Tackles- Anthony Davis, Levi Brown

    Guards- Mike Iupati, Alan Faneca

    Center- Jason Brown

    Defensive End- James Hall, Chris Clemons

    Defensive Tackle- Darnell Dockett, Aubrayo Franklin

    Inside Linebacker- Patrick Willis, James Laurinatis

    Outside Linebacker- Aaron Curry, Joey Porter

    Free Safety- Kerry Rhodes, Earl Thomas

    Strong Safety- Craig Dahl

    Cornerback- Nate Clements, Greg Toler, Marcus Trufant

    Kicker- Josh Brown

    Punter- Ben Graham

    Return Specialist- Danny Amendola

AFC South

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    Quarterback- Peyton Manning, Matt Schaub

    Running Back- Arian Foster, Chris Johnson

    Another tough decision taking Johnson over Maurice Jones-Drew, but Johnson has had a little bit more success in the red-zone.

    Wide Receiver- Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Mike Thomas

    Austin Collie could have easily replaced Thomas had he stayed healthy.

    Tight End- Mercedes Lewis, Jacob Tamme

    Full Back- Vonta Leach

    Tackles- Ryan Diem, Michael Roos

    Guards- Jake Scott, Leroy Harris

    Center- Jeff Saturday

    Defensive End- Jason Babin, Robert Mathis

    Defensive Tackle- Jason Jones, Tyson Alualu

    Inside Linebacker- Stephen Tulloch, Kirk Morrison

    Outside Linebacker- Daryl Smith, Will Witherspoon

    Free Safety- Michael Griffin, Antoine Bethea

    Safety- Chris Hope

    Cornerback- Cortland Finnegan, Alterraun Verner, Glover Quinn

    Kicker- Neil Rackers

    Punter- Brett Kern

    Return Specialist- Marc Mariani

AFC North

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    Quarterback- Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger

    Running Back- Ray Rice, Peyton Hillis

    Rashard Mendenhall led in rushing yards but Hillis and Rice both had more total yards.

    Wide Receiver- Mike Wallace, Terrell Owens, Anquan Boldin

    Tight End- Ben Watson, Todd Heap

    Full Back- Le'Ron McClain

    Tackles- Joe Thomas, Michael Oher

    Guards- Ben Grubbs, Nate Livings

    Center- Maurkice Pouncey

    Defensive End- Carlos Dunlap, Cory Redding

    Defensive Tackle- Haloti Ngata, Ahtyba Rubin

    Inside Linebacker- Lawrence Timmons, Ray Lewis

    Outside Linebacker- James Harrison, Terrell Suggs

    Free Safety- Ed Reed, Abram Elam

    Strong Safety- Troy Polamalu

    Cornerback- Joe Haden, Bryant McFadden, Ike Taylor

    Kicker- Billy Cundiff

    Punter- Reggie Hodges

    Return Specialist- Joshua Cribbs

AFC East

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    Quarterback- Tom Brady, Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Running Back- BenJarvis Green-Ellis, LaDainian Tomlinson

    Wide Receiver- Stevie Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Wes Welker

    Tight End- Dustin Keller, Rob Gronkowski

    Full Back- Tony Richardson

    Tackles- Jake Long, D' Brickashaw Ferguson

    Guards- Logan Mankins, Matt Slauson

    Center- Nick Mangold

    Defensive End- Shaun Ellis, Kendall Langford

    Defensive Tackle- Vince Wilfork, Sione Pouha

    Inside Linebacker- Jerod Mayo, Karlos Dansby

    Outside Linebacker- Cameron Wake, Calvin Pace

    Free Safety- Jairus Byrd, Brandon Meriweather

    Safety- Donte Whitner

    Cornerback- Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty, Antonio Cromartie

    Kicker- Dan Carpenter

    Punter- Steve Weatherford

    Return Specialist- Brad Smith

AFC West

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    Quarterback- Philip Rivers, Matt Cassel

    Running Back- Jamaal Charles, Darren McFadden

    Wide Receiver- Brandon Lloyd, Dwayne Bowe, Jabar Gaffney

    Tight End- Antonio Gates, Zach Miller

    Full Back- Marcel Reece

    Tackles- Brandon Albert, Marcus McNeil

    Guards- Brian Waters, Kris Dielman

    Center- Nick Hardwick

    Defensive End- Matt Shaughnessy, Richard Seymore

    Defensive Tackle- Tommy Kelly, Antonio Gary

    Inside Linebacker- Derrick Johnson, Kevin Burnett

    Outside Linebacker- Shaun Phillips, Tamba Hali

    Cornerback- Nnamdi Asomugha, Brandon Flowers, Champ Bailey

    Free Safety- Michael Huff, Eric Weddle

    Safety- Eric Berry

    Kicker- Sebastian Janikowski

    Punter- Dustin Colquitt

    Return Specialist- Jacoby Ford

Who Would Win?

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    Honestly I think it would come down to the two North divisions. I would have to lean toward the NFC North taking it all. They have a top quarterback, possibly the NFL's best running back, NFL's top receivers and an equally stout defense.

    The NFC South would be tough, along with the NFC East but I'm not too sure about the remaining teams. There are a lot of big holes to fill in some of the rest of the divisions. Comment and let me know who you think would be the strongest team.