Aaron Rodgers and 6 Green Bay Packers Who Will Make the 2012 Pro Bowl

Matt SmithContributor IIIMay 26, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass against James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won 31-25.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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When browsing through the depth chart, you find one special thing about the Green Bay Packers.

They are among the deepest teams in the league at almost every position. In fact, some of the their backups could be starters on some other teams—a testament to the quality of Green Bay's starters.

That said, they have several starters who are primed to make a Pro Bowl appearance. In fact, they have more than several. 

There are seven Green Bay Packers who deserve a roster spot on the Pro Bowl roster.


Aaron Rodgers, QB

Probably the most obvious selection, Rodgers is now considered by many to be a top five QB in the league.

With new threat Randall Cobb, and returning threats such as Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley, Rodgers should have as good a season as ever.

It doesn't hurt that he gets Ryan Grant back and Alex Green to come in and make other teams worried about the running game.

There will be plenty of deserving QBs this season, such as Michael Vick, who will surely get one of the spots due to his added running ability.

That leaves two spots for Rodgers to compete for.


Jermichael Finley, TE

Also an obvious one; if he doesn't make the Pro Bowl my mind will be blown.

Finley is a matchup nightmare, as he is too big for cornerbacks and too fast for linebackers. The star-in-the-making was on his way to a nice season last year before he was injured against the 'Skins.

If he lives up to the hype and his potential, the Packers will have one of the best passing attacks in the league.

Unlike with Rodgers, there should be no TEs with a realistic chance of taking a Pro Bowl spot away from Finley.

The only thing that can prevent him now is his health.


Josh Sitton, OG

One of the most underrated and unknown players in the league, Sitton has gone from fourth-round pick to one of the the best guards in the league.

The best news for cheeseheads is that he's still only 24 years old (turns 25 on June 16th).

Sitton protected Rodgers admirably and was a key component of the offensive line.

The 2010 NFL Alumni Association Offensive Lineman of the Year looks to make his first Pro Bowl in 2012.


B.J. Raji, NT

Raji was overlooked by fans across the nation, but his dominant playoff performance turned some heads.

In the playoffs, Raji didn't put up amazing stats but was a disruptive force on the line.

During the regular season, he put up 6.5 sacks while being the primary force on the defensive line.

The former No. 9 overall pick looks primed to make his first Pro Bowl appearance after being named to the NFL's Top 100 list by his peers.

Oh, and you remember his pick-six in the playoffs, right?


Clay Matthews, LB

In each of his first two seasons, Matthews has recorded over 10 sacks and made the Pro Bowl.

Why should this year be any different?

Not only does Matthews have great speed, he also has fantastic strength, which he shows off with a bicep flex after almost every sack.

With his pass-rushing skills and endless motor, Matthews is a Pro Bowl lock barring injury.


Tramon Williams, CB

As much as I'd like to put Charles Woodson here as well, I just can't.

Considering his shoulder injury and his age, there's a chance he may not be as effective.

Anyway, his tutoring of Tramon Williams has certainly paid off.

Williams, a former undrafted free agent, is quickly becoming one of the best corners in the NFC. Last year, he was named to the Pro Bowl after a player was injured.

Like Raji, after becoming a more well known name he should find himself with a considerable amount of votes on the Pro Bowl ballot.


Nick Collins, S

Recently, ESPN ranked Collins as their No. 3 safety in the league.

The safeties ahead of him were Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu, making him the highest ranked safety in the NFC.

The critics who thought he was taken too high (second round out of Bethune-Cookman) were proven wrong.

His play-making ability was on show in the Super Bowl when he returned an interception for a touchdown.

As the best safety in the NFC, Collins will be a Pro Bowl starter.


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