Detroit Lions: 6 Players That Could Make the Pro Bowl

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIOctober 25, 2011

Detroit Lions: 6 Players That Could Make the Pro Bowl

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    The Pro Bowl game itself may not carry much weight or gravitas with NFL players, but selection to the roster is still an honor.

    The Detroit Lions have numerous players who have played at elite levels in their respective positions.

    A 5-2 record demands that the rest of the league take notice of what your team is doing.

    If the Lions continue to play well look for the Honolulu blue to be well represented in, well, Honolulu.

    Here are six Lions with the potential to play in the Pro Bowl.

6. Ndamukong Suh

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    Ndamukong Suh's play to this point has not warranted a Pro Bowl selection.

    He is not posting the kind of impressive numbers that garnered him so much attention in his rookie season.

    Suh has three sacks and 23 tackles.

    The reason he could make the Po Bowl is because of the talent everyone knows he possesses.

    Perhaps Nick Fairley getting more playing time will ease the constant double team away from Suh and allow him more opportunities to get in the backfield.

    Suh has not played terrible this season, but he needs to improve his production in order to make his second consecutive Pro Bowl.

5. DeAndre Levy

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    DeAndre Levy has quietly been a tackling machine for the Lions through seven games.

    The Wisconsin product has 59 tackles, sixth most in the NFL.

    Levy has double-digit tackles in each of the last four games and has proved to be a consistent force at the linebacker position.

    It is not easy to make the Pro Bowl as a linebacker. There are simply not enough roster spots to hold all the talent the NFC provides at the position.

    But if Levy continues to put up such impressive tackling numbers then he will be a hard name to overlook.

4. Ryan Donahue

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    Punters do not receive much notoriety around the NFL but Ryan Donahue is quickly making a name for himself.

    The Lions rookie has already posted impressive statistics.

    Donahue is sixth in the NFL with 12 kicks inside the 20-yard line.

    He averages 43 yards per kick and has a net average of 35 yards.

    Donahue has put Detroit's opposition into poor starting field position all season.

    It would be difficult for an unheralded rookie punter to make the Pro Bowl, but Donahue's play may warrant a selection.

3. Matthew Stafford

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    Matthew Stafford's health is again at the forefront of Detroit's concerns.

    Assuming his leg injury is not serious and he continues to play at a high level Stafford is essentially a shoe-in for the Pro Bowl roster.

    The Lions signal caller is third in the NFL in touchdown passes with 16.

    He has 1,912 yards passing and a passer rating of 95.5. Both of those numbers are good enough for sixth best in the league.

    Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees are clearly the class of the NFC, but the quality of quarterbacks behind them varies greatly.

    Stafford is quickly trying to assert himself amongst the elite.

2. Jason Hanson

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    It seems improbable but Jason Hanson has only been elected to the Pro Bowl twice, in 1998 and 1999 respectively (he was an alternate in 1997 and 2008.)

    Hanson has played some of the best football of his twenty year career so far this season.

    He is second in the NFL with 16 field goals made. Five of those kicks have been from 40 or more yards.

    After winning the preseason battle for his job with Dave Rayner some questioned whether the Lions made the right choice.

    Hanson has clearly silenced those critics.

1.Calvin Johnson

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    Calvin Johnson will undoubtedly make the Pro Bowl this season.

    He is playing at a record-setting pace and his production could even warrant MVP consideration.

    Johnson currently has the most touchdowns in the NFL with 10.

    He is fourth in yards receiving with 679 and is fifth in receptions with 41.

    The chemistry he has developed with Matthew Stafford has created one of the better QB/WR duos in the entire league.