Pro Bowl Roster: Tom Brady And The Most Impressive Pro Bowlers at Each Position
The AFC and NFC Pro Bowl Rosters were released today, with guys like Aaron Rodgers and Matt Cassel being snubbed for the overrated Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.
But most of the roster selections were spot-on, with guys like Miami Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake finally getting the recognition he deserves.
Here's a breakdown of the most impressive player at each position on the Pro Bowl Roster.
Quarterback: Tom Brady
Tom Brady is the front-runner for NFL MVP, and rightfully so.
He's thrown for 3,701 yards with a 66.0% completion rate, 7.78 YPA, 34 TD and just 4 INT.
Running Back: Jamaal Charles
No disrespect for Arian Foster intended, but Jamaal Charles is the best running back in the NFL.
He's second in the NFL in rushing, just 56 yards behind Foster despite 80 fewer carries.
His 6.4 yards per carry average is historic, and even more amazing when you consider his 216 attempts.
The next-highest yards per carry (among backs with 200-plus carres) belongs to LeSean McCoy, at 5.2.
Wide Receiver: Brandon Lloyd
Leading the NFL in receiving (1,375 yards) despite 37 fewer catches than Roddy White.
His third-best in the NFL yards per catch average (19.1) is the main reason for his dominance.
Fullback: Vonta Leach
Not exactly an offensive threat, but Leach paves the way for the NFL's leading rusher, Arian Foster.
He deserves a lot more credit than he gets.
Offensive Line: Logan Mankins
New England was considered a top team at the beginning of the season, but they didn't become the overwhelming favorite until Mankins got acclimated into the offense after his seven-game holdout.
I think not.
Tight End: Antonio Gates
Despite missing five entire games and playing injured, Gates has still put up 50 receptions, 782 yards and 10 TD.
His numbers could have been historic if he had just stayed healthy.
Defensive Line: Julius Peppers
50 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles, a blocked kick, two interceptions and a whole lot of attention from opponents.
He's the main reason the Bears have returned to defensive dominance.
Linebacker: Cameron Wake
The former CFL-sack leader has 14 sacks as an NFL-er this year, and has proven to be a great run defender, too.
It's amazing to think not a single team in the NFL wanted him just a couple years ago.
Secondary: Darrelle Revis
How does a guy with no significant stats other than 32 tackles and 10 pass deflections make a Pro Bowl?
Because he's the best cover-corner in the NFL.
Kick/Punt Returner: Devin Hester
Three touchdowns on just 31 punt returns. And a 17.1 yard average despite all of the attention, a number that is easily tops in the league.
Hester is not only the most impressive returner this season, but the most impressive of all-time.
Matt Rudnitsky is a student at the University of Michigan and a Featured Columnist/writing intern at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Mattrud