QB: Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions)
Stafford is having a fantastic season and should be a Pro Bowler. He currently ranks 3rd in passing yards, 5th in passing touchdowns, 4th in passing yards per game and 6th in completion percentage. All this while being sacked 43 times this year (2nd most in the NFL). He is doing more with less than mostly anyone in the NFL and has a case to be in the MVP conversation. Stafford not even being a initial selection to the Pro Bowl is a gross oversight.
RB: Jordan Howard (Chicago Bears)
After finishing as the NFL’s second leading rusher as a rookie, Howard has followed up strongly in his second season. He currently ranks 4th in rushing yards and is tied for 5th in rushing touchdowns. There is no reason he shouldn’t be one of the NFC representatives in the Pro Bowl. It seems as if he was snubbed for being on an awful Chicago Bears team and other less deserving guys were put on ahead of him due to their team’s success.
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— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) December 16, 2017
WR: Marvin Jones (Detroit Lions)
Overall, I think the wide receiving group is the right group in the Pro Bowl and I have no objection to any of the selections. So while Jones might not be a snub, he certainly deserves honorable mention. He is the Detroit Lions leading receiver this year with 970 yards on 54 catches and 8 touchdowns. His big play ability has been a big reason as to why the Lions are still in the playoff hunt.
Jimmy Graham: 53 catches, 472 yards, 9 TDs
Evan Engram: 63 catches, 710 yards, 6 TDs
Which one y’all think made the pro bowl?
— dean (@DeanlsReal) December 20, 2017
TE: Evan Engram (New York Giants)
In a year where most everything has gone wrong for the Giants, Evan Engram has gone very very right. As a rookie, Engram has put up 710 yards which is 2nd most among tight ends in the NFC. These are great numbers for anyone, but even more fantastic for a rookie. In fact, Engram has an outside shot to finish as the only rookie tight end to have 1,000 receiving yards in over five decades.
OL: Jason Kelce (Philadelphia Eagles)
The Eagles have been sensational this year and there a number of reasons why. One of the biggest ones (literally) has been the work that Kelce has done in the trenches. He has established himself as one of the best run blockers in the game and is a big part of why the Eagles are 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards. In large part due to him, Philadelphia still has Super Bowl hopes, even without Carson Wentz for the rest of the year.
— Matt Hoffman (@MattHoffmanNFL) December 12, 2017
DL: Yannick Ngakoue (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Yes, the Jacksonville Jaguars deserve another player in the Pro Bowl from their defensive line. Ngakoue currently ranks 6th in the NFL with 11 sacks, which is third most for AFC defensive ends. What really puts him over the top for being worthy of a Pro Bowl selection is his six forced fumbles which is most in the NFL this year. His ability to change the game by pressuring the quarterback and forcing turnovers deserves to be honored.
LB: Lavonte David (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
David is the best 4-3 outside linebacker in the game and his absence from the Pro Bowl is a crime against football. He’s been beaten up some this year, so his tackle numbers aren’t as high as what they could be, but he still has the range and physicality to make plays all over the field. Despite missing several games this year, David is still 2nd in the NFL in forced fumbles (5) and 1st in fumble recoveries (5).
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) December 20, 2017
CB: Tre’Davious White (Buffalo Bills)
White has had a sensational rookie season so far. He ranks 3rd in pass deflections and is tied for 7th in interceptions with the likes of Casey Hayward, Jalen Ramsey and Marshon Lattimore. He also has a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown this season. In less than a full season, White has established himself as one of the best CBs in the game.
S: Kevin Byard (Tennessee Titans)
Byard has been a great playmaker for the Titans this year. He ranks 2nd in interceptions this year (6) and has a pair of fumble recoveries. He also has 76 tackles this year as a guy who typically doesn’t play up in the box as an extra run defender. His ability to make plays all over the field is a big part of why the Titans have been relevant to this point in the season, and he has been the unsung hero.