Pro Bowl Roster: Tom Brady and the Most Impressive Pro Bowlers at Each Position

Matt RudnitskyCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2010

Pro Bowl Roster: Tom Brady And The Most Impressive Pro Bowlers at Each Position

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks tso pass against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter of the game at Gillette Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Image
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    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

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 26:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a 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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    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.

    Staggering numbers.

Running Back: Jamaal Charles

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 19: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to get by Craig Dahl #43 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 19, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Chiefs beat the Rams 27-13.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwana
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    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

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    DENVER - DECEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos makes a leaping catch for a 41-yard reception against corner back Jason Allen #30 and safety Troy Nolan #33 of the Houston Texans during the third quarter at INVESCO Field at Mil
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    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

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    DENVER - DECEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos makes a leaping catch for a 41-yard reception against corner back Jason Allen #30 and safety Troy Nolan #33 of the Houston Texans during the third quarter at INVESCO Field at Mil
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    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

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 20:  Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on September 20, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    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.

    Coincidence?

    I think not.

Tight End: Antonio Gates

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 05:  Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 28-13.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/G
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    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

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 26: Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears rushes against D' Brickashaw Ferguson #60 of the New York Jets at Soldier Field on December 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 38-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Gett
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    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

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 4: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is hit as he passes by Cameron Wake #91 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Field on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    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

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 19:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets defends Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game at Heinz Field on December 19, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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    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

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 26: Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears runs against the New York Jets at Soldier Field on December 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 38-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    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