Just like last year, I decided to cast a ballot on the Pro Bowl. Here are my own findings.
Quarterbacks (Pick 3)
Tom Brady (New England) - Hard to argue his stats
Peyton Manning (Indianapolis) - Because he's Peyton.
Philip Rivers (San Diego) - MVP candidate for the early to mid part of the year.
Runningbacks (Pick 3)
Jamaal Charles (Kansas City) - High yards per rush
Arian Foster (Houston) - Came out of nowhere. NFL's leading rusher
Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville) - The engine the makes the Jags rev.
Wide Receivers (Pick 4)
Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City) - finally paying off
Andre Johnson (Houston) - best in the NFL
Brandon Lloyd (Denver) - who knew?
Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis) - Stately Wayne Manor.
Fullbacks (Pick 1)
Mike Tolbert (San Diego) - The main runner in San Diego in lieu of Ryan Matthews
Tight Ends (Pick 2)
Antonio Gates (San Diego) - Foot issues be damned. Fantasy MVP potential.
Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville) - Garrard's best target in the red zone.
Offensive Tackles (Pick 3)
Ryan Diem (Indianapolis) - bright spot in a maligned line
Joe Thomas (Cleveland) - blocked for Hillis
Andrew Whitworth (Cincinnati) - quietly good amidst the Carson ineptitude.
Offensive Guards (Pick 3)
Kris Dielman (San Diego) - someone has to get credit for keeping Rivers upright
Vincent Manuwai (Jacksonville) - did road grading for MoJo.
Eric Steinbach (Cleveland) - did road grading for Hillis
Centers (Pick 2)
Alex Mack (Cleveland) - Peyton Hillis should be rewarding this O-Line big time.
Nick Mangold (New York) - Someone has to be assisting the LdT rejuvenation
Defensive Ends (Pick 3)
Glenn Dorsey (Kansas City) - Credit Crennel for this one
Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis) - Still getting this one done.
Robert Mathis (Indianapolis) - Likewise, with all the injuries at the back end.
Defensive Tackles (Pick 3)
Haloti Ngata (Baltimore) - The best in the biz.
Richard Seymour (Oakland) - Worth the 1st round pick they traded him for.
Vince Wilfork (New England) - Veteran leader of the Pats D.
Outside Linebackers (Pick 3)
Tamba Hali (Kansas City) - Has been great all season long
James Harrison (Pittsburgh) - Always goes for the kill shot.
Cameron Wake (Miami) - This guy has to be in the Pro Bowl.
Inside Linebackers (Pick 2)
Ray Lewis (Baltimore) - He's Old Spice.
Jerod Mayo (New England) - Tackling machine
Cornerbacks (Pick 3)
Champ Bailey (Denver) - Still going at it.
Devin McCourty (New England) - Could have been DROY if not for a certain DT.
Vontae Davis (Miami) - Over Revis Island? Yep for this season.
Strong Safety (Pick 1)
Troy Polamalu (Pittsburgh) - It's definitely the hair.
Free Safety (Pick 1)
Ryan Clark (Pittsburgh) - Can't give it to Ed because he was on the PUP.
Kickers (Pick 1)
Dan Carpenter (Miami) - Even with the misfires yesterday, he's been their best offensive weapon overall.
Punters (Pick 1)
Shane Lechler (Oakland) - Steady as he goes.
Kick Returner (Pick 1)
Marc Mariani (Tennessee) - Was either him or Jacoby Ford. After yesterday, Dan Connelly might be an ok choice, too.
Special Teamer (Pick 1)
Prescott Burgess (Baltimore) - If you have any alternatives do let us know.
Feel free if I botched the selection process.