NFL PRO BOWL SNUBS
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- I really don't think many people would argue that Christian McCaffrey is one of the best running backs in the NFL. Despite moving teams in the middle of the season his production has not suffered any downturn. While his rushing stats may not jump off the page they're still quite impressive with totals of 927 yards and 6 touchdowns in 13 games. All tolled, It's his receiving skills that make him truly elite, as Run CMC leads all running backs with 623 yards and 4 scores. In all-purpose yards he's first among NFC running backs was 1578 yards, he even threw a touchdown this season. I think that is goes without saying that when considering all this, McCaffrey could warrant being a starter, so what more do you want?
- Tua led the fan vote among quarterbacks but sadly that wasn't enough to get in the Pro Bowl, partially due to a very competitive AFC quarterback group. The Dolphins QB Is in the midst of a breakout season currently, sporting a 64.8 completion percentage with 3,238 yards and 24 touchdowns against 5 interceptions despite missing the entirety of 2 games, and part of a 3rd. If that wasn't enough he also leads the league in multiple key metrics including passer rating, yards per attempt and TD/INT ratio. He wasn't the only Dolphin to get snubbed as teammates Jaylen Waddle and Christian Wilkins should have made this list, both being quite deserving of a Pro Bowl spot.
- Goff has been much better than people think this season; he is top 10 in QBR, passing yards, and touchdowns. Overall Goff has 23 touchdown passes to just 7 interceptions, not to mention he has led the Lions to a 6-1 record over their last seven. Goff likely should have been the third NFC QB as his QBR is more than 10 points better than his division rival, Kirk Cousins. Goff has managed this with far fewer reliable weapons around him. Amon-Ra St. Brown missed a chunk of time due to injury, as did De’Andre Swift. Despite these issues the Lions offence ranks fifth in the NFL in points per game.
- Lockett is an advanced metrics darling as he ranks second in both open score and catch score and is tied for second in overall score with Justin Jefferson in receiver tracking metrics. Overall this year Lockett has been good for 78 catches, 964 yards and 8 receiving touchdowns. As good as Terry McLaurin is, he has 10 fewer catches, five fewer touchdowns and ranks much lower in the metrics than Lockett, who definitely deserved a pro bowl spot.
- It definitely doesn't make sense to me that Hargrave missed out on a Pro Bowl selection. The 29-year-old has 10 sacks from the interior of one of the best defensive lines in the NFL; the only defensive tackles ahead of him are Chris Jones and Quinnen Williams with 11, both of whom made the Pro Bowl. Hargrave is second in pass rush win rate among DT’s and has nine TFL’s, while also anchoring the Eagles' front 4 as their best defensive lineman, if not their best defensive player. When the Eagles were hurt up the middle, it was Hargrave who stepped up. He should be in the Pro Bowl no doubt.
- Matt Milano (LB, Buffalo Bills) - Arguably the most valuable player on the Bills defence. Milano has piled up 85 tackles (12 for loss), 8 pass breakups, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 interceptions, including a pick-6. Side note: Inside linebackers really get the short end of the stick with the pro bowl; just two are picked per conference.
- Kevin Zeitler (OG, Baltimore Ravens) - Led his position in the fan voting, playing for the second ranked team in rushing. Zeitler is also an excellent pass-blocker, ranked fourth among guards with a pass-blocking grade of 80.5. It’s unreal that Zeitler has never been named to a Pro Bowl in his 11-year career.
- Alex Highsmith (OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers) - Alex Highsmith had stepped into the void left by T.J. Watt. Highsmith has 11 sacks and a league-leading 5 forced fumbles. Despite Watt being one of the best defenders in the NFL, given the time he missed, Highsmith is the Steelers LB who should have made the pro bowl.
By: Chase Howard