Pro Bowl 2011 Rosters: Listing the Good and Bad from AFC/NFC Rosters

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IDecember 29, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 26: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. New England won 34-3.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Pro Bowl 2011 rosters were named yesterday and as usual, there were some surprises and some glaring omissions. 

Now that we've had some time digest it all, it's time to dissect all the selections and determine what the NFL and their fans got right and what they totally missed on....

AFC Offense


Tom Brady, Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning

No real issue here. All three guys have had outstanding seasons and even with Manning's midseason struggles, he's thrown for nearly 4,500 yards and his team is in the playoff hunt. 

Running Backs

Maurice Jones-Drew, Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles

I'm glad the fans and players didn't put Chris Johnson in solely because of what he did last year, because that's usually what happens in this All-Star game. Jones-Drew has seven 100-yard rushing games, Arian Foster leads the NFL in rushing and Jamaal Charles has become the best dual-threat runner in the AFC. 


Vonta Leach

Only makes sense that the fullback who's been blocking for the NFL's leading rusher gets the Pro Bowl nod. 

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Wide Receivers 

Andre Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, Brandon Loyd, Reggie Wayne

Another group I have no issue with. Brandon Lloyd came out of nowhere and had a monster year, Reggie Wayne is Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson is Andre Johnson and Dwayne Bowe has emerged as one of the top young wideouts in the game. 

Tight Ends

Antonio Gates, Mercedes Lewis

These are the two most feared tight ends in the AFC because of the extremely difficult matchup problems they create. Good choices. 


Jake Long, Joe Thomas, D'Brickashaw Ferguson

These guys are elite and protect their quarterbacks' blind sides more consistently than anyone else. No problem with these three guys, either. 


Kris Dielman, Logan Mankins, Brian Waters

These are all household names (in houses with a football fanatic living inside) but I don't like the fact that Mankins gets in after missing a good chunk of the season. Waters paved the way for NFL's leading rushing attack. 


Nick Mangold, Maurkice Pouncey

Mangold is far and away the best center in the AFC, but has Pouncey been that dominating in his rookie year with the Steelers?

NFC Offense


Mike Vick, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees

I'm totally fine with Vick and Ryan, who have led their teams to the playoffs and had great statistical seasons, but where's Aaron Rodgers? No knocking Drew Brees, but he does have 20 interceptions and Rodgers has done more with less. 

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson, Steven Jackson, Michael Turner

The obvious choices. All well-deserving, hard-nose runners.


Ovie Mughelli 

Another fullback lead-blocking for a top runner.

Wide Receivers

Roddy White, DeSean Jackson, Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson

A sensational group of wideouts who boast all the attributes you'd want in your wide receiving contingent. The right selections here. 

Tight Ends

Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez

Witten didn't get as much publicity after Romo went down with injury, but still pieced together a typical Witten season. Same for Gonzalez, nothing mind-blowing, but the best of the NFC. 


Jason Peters, Jordan Gross, Chad Clifton

I understand all three of these picks, but do think that Peters is a player who's name helps him a lot in the selection process. Chad Clifton has anchored a Green Bay line that's come a long way. 

Jahri Evans, Chris Snee, Carl Nicks

Even though Drew Brees has the quickest release in football, his offensive line is rock solid because Evans and Nicks are rock solid, and we all know what Snee does from his guard spot. 


Andre Gurode, Shaun O'Hara

I'm glad Gurode made it, because he stood out this year in Dallas. And no surprise with O'Hara, a perennial Pro Bowler. 

AFC Defense

Defensive Ends

Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Justin Babin

No one should have any problem with Freeney and Mathis, and Babin had a surprisingly stellar year for a strong Titans front four.

Interior Linemen

Haloti Ngata, Vince Wilfork, Richard Seymour

First real gripe here. Wilfork has demanded more double teams than ever, but what about guys like Kyle Williams, who's been much more disruptive on a weekly basis?

Outside Linebackers

James Harrison, Cameron Wake, Terrell Suggs

These players do their jobs at the highest level. Wake leads the NFL in sacks, while Suggs and Harrison are great at getting to the quarterback and striking fear into backs who run in their ways. 

Inside Linebackers

Ray Lewis, Jerod Mayo

We knew Lewis was going to be here, and we should be glad that the young Mayo was selected. He's the leader of a youthful Patriots defense that's better than we think. 


Nnandi Asomugha, Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty

Asomugha and Revis have been themselves,but I'm somewhat surprised that McCourty slid into this Pro Bowl spot, although he's steadily improved this season.

Free Safety

Ed Reed, Brandon Meriweather

Reed missed some time, but didn't miss a beat upon returning. Meriweather, a big hitter, had three interceptions, but is he really Pro Bowl worthy?

Strong Safety

Troy Polamalu 

No analysis needed. He's the man. 

NFC Defense

Julius Peppers, John Abraham, Justin Tuck 

Peppers has been a huge success in Chicago, and Abraham and Tuck had their usual havoc-wreaking seasons. 

Interior Linemen 

Ndamukong Suh, Jay Ratliff, Justin Smith 

Smith may come as a surprise, but he's deserving. Suh is the future at his position. 

Outside Linebackers

Clay Matthews, DeMarcus Ware, Lance Briggs

Matthews is the new member here, but something tells me this won't be his only Pro Bowl selection.

Inside Linebackers

Patrick Willis, Brian Urlacher

We were thinking that Urlacher may be on his way out, but boy were we wrong. 


Asante Samuel, Charles Woodson, DeAngelo Hall

I don't know who else it could be, but the Charles Woodson pick is somewhat puzzling.

Free Safeties

Nick Collins, Antrel Rolle

Their play has warranted these Pro Bowl selections. 

Strong Safety

Adrian Wilson

A staple on the NFC Pro Bowl roster. 

AFC Special Teams

Shane Lechler, Billy Cundiff, Marc Mariani, Montell Owens

People are upset with the Mariani pick, but he's the only one with punt and kick return scores in the AFC. 

NFC Special Teams

Mat McBriar, David Akers, Devin Hester, Eric Weems

The correct picks here. No gripes. 

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