1 Player from Every NFL Roster Most Likely To Make the 2012 Pro Bowl Roster
With just three weeks left in the '11 NFL regular season, it's time to starting looking at who might make the Pro Bowl from each team.
Here is one player from each NFL team that has the best chance to make this year's Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald
I think it's clear that Arizona wideout Larry Fitzgerald will be heading back the Pro Bowl again this season.
He continues to get the job done at the wide receiver position, even with his team's shaky QB situation that has been going on for the past few years.
The former University of Pittsburgh star is already up to 1,092 receiving yards and has seven touchdowns for the 6-7 Cardinals.
This should be his sixth time that he has been named to the Pro Bowl roster in his impressive career.
Atlanta Falcons: Michael Turner
Turner has been the glue that has held the Falcons running game together this season.
Playing on a team that relies more on their passing game, he provides a legitimate threat in the ground game each week for Atlanta.
He's now up to 1,068 rushing yards on the year, which makes it the third time in his eight-year career that he has reached the 1,000-yard mark for a season.
Turner has also been to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2010 with the Falcons.
Baltimore Ravens: Ray Rice
The Ravens starting RB has been very solid in 2011.
He's second in the AFC in rushing with just over 1,000 yards and has added nearly 600 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns to his season totals as well.
Rice is also one of the main reasons why Baltimore is currently 10-3 and sitting atop the AFC North as of right now.
There aren't too many running backs in the league that are playing at a higher level than Rice is right now.
Buffalo Bills: Nick Barnett
Barnett is a sleeper choice to sneak into the Pro Bowl this season.
However, I also see him as player that has the best chance to crack the NFL Pro Bowl roster from the Bills.
The former Oregon State Beaver has been a one-man tackling machine this season, racking up 105 for the year.
When you also consider that he has racked up three sacks and picked off two passes, he is suddenly in the discussion of being one of the most complete inside linebackers in the game today.
Carolina Panthers: Steve Smith
Has their been a wide receiver that has been better than Steve Smith in the NFC this season.
The answer to that question is a resounding no.
Smith leads all NFC wideouts with 1,217 receiving yards this season, including six games of 100-plus yards.
The Panthers star should be one of the starting receivers for the NFC in this year's Pro Bowl.
Chicago Bears: Devin Hester
With the first of two return specialists on this list, Devin Hester gets the nod for the Bears.
The future Hall of Famer has once again shown why he is still one of the most dangerous men to kick the ball to in the National Football League this season.
The Miami, Florida product has returned two punts and one kickoff for scores, while making opposing kick/punt coverage teams look silly.
Hester has also managed to catch 25 passes for 355 receiving yards to add to his Pro Bowl worthy campaign.
Cincinnati Bengals: Reggie Nelson
This selection might come as a surprise to some, but not to me.
Nelson has been the most consistent player on the Bengals defense this year, and his numbers prove it as well.
He's racked up 74 tackles, 10 pass deflections and three interceptions this season for Cincinnati.
The former Palm Bay high star has a good shot at making his first Pro Bowl this year.
Cleveland Browns: Josh Cribbs
Other than the aforementioned Devin Hester, Josh Cribbs is probably the next best return man in the league today.
This season, he's averaged 26.2 yards per kick return, which is a very solid number for Mr. Cribbs.
Although he has yet to reach pay-dirt on any of his punt or kick returns, he has still been very efficient in that area for the Browns this year.
The former Kent State QB will be looking for his third career Pro Bowl selection this season.
Dallas Cowboys: DeMarcus Ware
DeMarcus Ware is hands down the best sack artist in the NFL today.
In fact, he's held this title for awhile now.
In 2011, the Cowboys star OLB is up to 15 sacks, trailing only Minnesota's Jared Allen for top honors in the league.
It should be no surprise that Ware should make the Pro Bowl this year.
Denver Broncos: Von Miller
Von Miller has erupted in his rookie season with Denver.
He's now up to 62 tackles, 11.5 sacks and two forced fumbles for the first-place Broncos.
Miller has shown the same kind of pass rushing ability that he displayed all those years at Texas A&M.
If any rookie deserves to make the Pro Bowl this year, it's him.
Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson
Johnson is arguably the best receiver in the NFL.
I would also go as far as saying that he has a great chance to be the best wideout in Lions history as well.
This year, he has fought through an injury to put himself at third in the NFC in receiving yards and first in receiving touchdowns.
If that isn't a Pro Bowl season, then I don't know what is.
Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers
For Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, his accomplishments this season have been impressive to say the least.
He's thrown for 39 touchdowns and has only had six passes picked off.
He also leads the league in QB rating with a ridiculous 123.3 mark as well.
Rodgers will likely be the NFC's starting QB in this year's Pro Bowl.
Houston Texans: Arian Foster
Remember all the talk about Foster's hamstring toward the beginning of the season?
Well, it's safe to say that he has put all that to rest with the year that he has had for the Texans.
The third-year back has picked up 1,500 yards from scrimmage, including 957 yards on the ground for the Houston running game.
Foster appears primed for a return trip to the Pro Bowl in 2011.
Indianapolis Colts: Pat Angerer
Before this season started, I'm sure many NFL teams and fans were saying who is Pat Angerer?
It didn't take long for the former University of Iowa star to show the rest of the football world what he was made of this year.
Angerer's 120 tackles rank him third in the league heading into Week 15.
In a year where the Colts have failed to win a game, Angerer's play has been one of the lone bright spots of an otherwise dismal campaign.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew
Maurice-Jones Drew has been the catalyst of a Jaguars rushing attack that currently ranks 10th in the league this season.
He leads the league in rushing with 1,222 yards, and has scored 10 touchdowns as well.
However, he has also managed to do the little things that don't always show up in the box score, like being there to receive check-downs from rookie QB Blaine Gabbert and blocking, as well.
I look for Jones-Drew to be the starting RB for the AFC in the '11 Pro Bowl.
Kansas City Chiefs: Derrick Johnson
The veteran Chiefs linebacker has been an animal this year for the KC defense.
He is currently tied for third in the AFC in tackles with 112, and also has two sacks, six pass deflections and an interception this season.
Johnson even single-handedly stopped the Raiders on four straight plays from inside the Kansas City 5-yard line in a game earlier this year.
The former Texas Longhorn has never made a Pro Bowl yet, but this year looks like his best chance.
Miami Dolphins: Brandon Marshall
Marshall is the best receiver in an inexperienced receiving corps for the Dolphins.
He is also on the verge of his fifth straight season of 1,000-plus yards, as he needs just 63 more to reach that plateau.
Even though his attitude is still a bit of a question mark, his overall play on the field is not.
He should make another Pro Bowl when it's all said and done this year.
Minnesota Vikings: Jared Allen
The Vikings defensive end seems to only get better with every passing season.
Allen leads the league in sacks right now, with 17.5 for the campaign.
He has a non-stop motor, which has helped him get to 100 sacks before the age of 30.
The ex-Chief is also no stranger to the Pro Bowl, as he he has been to the game on three different occasions in the past.
New England Patriots: Tom Brady
Having Tom Brady for the Patriots' best Pro Bowl representative at this point is a no-brainer.
The former Super Bowl MVP is enjoying yet another great season for New England in 2011.
He is second in the league in passing yards with 4,273, and has already compiled a TD/INT ratio of 3:1 for the year.
Unless something crazy happens in the next few weeks, Brady will receive his fourth straight Pro Bowl selection.
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees
Drew Brees has simply been doing his best impression of himself this season.
The Saints QB has thrown for an amazing 4,368 yards and has 32 TD passes to go along with it.
Did I mention that he also has the Saints at 10-3 and first place in the NFC South?
I look for Brees to not only make the Pro Bowl this year, but to also lead his team deep in the playoffs.
New York Giants: Victor Cruz
Victor Cruz has come from out of nowhere to have a huge breakout season in 2011 for the Giants.
After catching zero passes in his rookie season last year, he has seen himself catapult to the top of the wide receiver ranks in '11.
The former UMass star is third in the NFL in receiving yards with 1,150 for the year.
Oh yeah, he also has a salsa dance that is catching the league by storm as well.
New York Jets: Darrelle Revis
You can't find too many cornerbacks that are better than Darrell Revis in today's NFL.
In fact, I would argue that he is the best CB currently playing in the league.
In 2011, he is having one of his best seasons from a statistical standpoint, as he has made 46 tackles, picked off four passes and knocked away 14 other passes as well.
Revis is a very safe bet to make the Pro Bowl again this season.
Oakland Raiders: Shane Lechler
Lechler is the best punter in the league right now.
This season, he is averaging a staggering 50.7 yards per punt, including an 80-yard boot against Chicago in Week 12.
Of course, leading the league in punting is nothing new to Lechler, as he has already done this several times in the past.
He is well on his way to being name to the Pro Bowl roster for the seventh time in his very efficient career.
Philadelphia Eagles: LeSean McCoy
It's too bad that the Eagles season is now a lost cause, because LeSean McCoy is having a breakout year.
The Philadelphia RB has rushed for 1,172 yards and 14 touchdowns for an offense that hasn't struggled to put points on the board this year.
We shouldn't be too surprised either, considering how good McCoy was last year for the Eagles.
All signs point to him making his first trip to the Pro Bowl in January.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Wallace
The Steelers' Mike Wallace is arguably the fastest wideout in the game today.
The former teammate of Patrick Willis is not only one of the fastest, but also one of the best receivers in the league as well.
He has proven that in '11, with his second straight season of at least 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.
Wallace should make the Pro Bowl trip for the Steelers this year, but it is still unclear who else will join him from the Pittsburgh offense at this point.
San Diego Chargers: Eric Weddle
Eric Weddle should get in to the Pro Bowl just based on his stats alone.
The Chargers safety has 73 tackles and a league-leading seven interceptions for the San Diego defense.
His coverage skills have also stepped up and he is becoming a more complete player overall this year.
I expect Weddle to make the Pro Bowl for the AFC and also start at safety for them in this game in the future.
San Francisco 49ers: Frank Gore
Frank Gore just keeps trudging along at RB for the 49ers.
The veteran back has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth time in his career in 2011, and still has three games left to up his current yard total of 1,054.
What's even more impressive is that he is currently ranked fourth in the league in rushing.
Gore will make it a trio of Pro Bowl appearances with another selection in '11.
Seattle Seahawks: Brandon Browner
When you look at the title of this list, you might be thinking who is that?
Well, for the Seattle Seahawks, CB Brandon Browner has the best chance of making the NFL Pro Bowl roster with just three weeks to go in the '11 regular season.
He's had a pretty good year, making 46 tackles while deflecting a team-high 19 passes and nabbing five INTs.
Although he could be considered a long-shot to make the Pro Bowl, he will likely be Seattle's best shot to make it this year.
St. Louis Rams: Chris Long
In yet another down year, DE Chris Long has been a shining star for the Rams defense.
Heading into Week 15 action, he's picked up 12 sacks, which is good for fourth in the NFC.
Being the son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, there is no telling how high this kid's ceiling can be.
I expect him to make many more Pro Bowl teams in the future.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronde Barber
You might be thinking that I'm crazy for putting Ronde Barber on this list.
But when you really sit down and think about it, he is perfectly logical for this spot.
The 36-year-old cornerback has made 67 tackles, deflected nine passes and picked off three others in 13 starts this year.
The long-time Buccaneer will be hoping for his sixth career Pro Bowl selection later this season.
Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson
At the start of the '11 season, the only talk surrounding Titans' Pro Bowl RB Chris Johnson was about his contract.
Many began to criticize Johnson for his lengthy holdout as well.
After finally getting his new deal, CJ2K has still managed to have a solid season, rushing for 875 yards and scoring four TDs for the Tennessee offense.
I don't expect Johnson to make it to the Pro Bowl this year, but he could get in if he plays well in the last three weeks of the season.
Washington Redskins: London Fletcher
London Fletcher is one of more underrated inside linebackers in the league.
He hasn't missed a game in his entire 14-year career and has racked up 100-plus tackles in every season since 2001.
This year, he leads the pack in tackles for the Redskins.
I fully expect him to make the Pro Bowl for the third time in his lengthy career.