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Obscenely Early Prediction for 2011 Redskins Pro-Bowlers

ANAHEIM CA - JULY 12:  General view of atmosphere during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12 2010 in Anaheim California.  (Photo by Robert Meggers/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM CA - JULY 12: General view of atmosphere during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Robert Meggers/Getty Images)
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With the MLB All-Star game tonight, I decided to take a swing at who will be representing the Burgundy and Gold in this year's Pro-Bowl. Who gets in is decided by an equal third vote between the coaches, players, and fans. Seems hard to believe given what seems to be a popularity contest each year, but the big names have delivered the past few seasons. The Pro-Bowl returns to Hawaii the next two years (scheduled), so that means the Super Bowl players will compete. London is going to have to win it the hard way if he wants to return.

On offense, I don't think the Redskins send anyone and on Defense we send 3. 

Let's start with McNabb. He has an uphill battle to climb to get those numbers, which he can do with Cooley and Davis, but I think he's behind the 8-ball with Favre, Romo, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers already ahead of him. 

Running Backs: The RB by committee will kill any chances for CP, LJ, and WP assuming they are all healthy. There are too many star RBs in the NFC anyway that will take these honors.

WRs: Santana Moss will have a great year, but I don't think his numbers will be there with Cooley and Fred Davis on the field all the time. 

TEs: Cooley easily could make the Pro-Bowl...I have no qualms picking him here, I just think Fred Davis steals some of his numbers.

OL: Rookie LT's never make the Pro-Bowl, but go ahead and ink my 2012 Pro-Bowl nod for Trent Williams. Jammal is a stud, but RT's just don't get the attention LTs do, and Jammal will be adjusting to that side. 


OLBs: Orakpo, Orakpo, Orakpo. This is the year DeMarcus Ware is dethroned as the best pass-rusher in the NFC East. Ware and Orakpo are your starting Pro-Bowlers like last year. I'll probably get crucified for that statement, but the Kool-Aid tastes mighty fine today, and that injury Ware suffered last year has me a little nervous.

MLBs: London Fletcher. He gets the (legit) votes this year. He got some needed nation-wide publicity when he was announced as an alternate. So, now that he has some buzz and the NFC is lacking super-star MLBs, I think he makes it. He's the ultimate's really amazing he doesn't win ALL the player and coaches voting.

DL: In a 3-4, with all aging guys....nada.

CBs: DeAngelo Hall. The guy can still play and I'm predicting opening week he picks off Romo, much like he did in his first game as a Redskin. His INT numbers this season will be up. What's great is that he'll replace Terence Newman's spot on the Pro-Bowl roster.

Safeties: None. LaRon Landry is a fantastic Strong Safety, but his tackling and covering skills still have me doubting. Kareem Moore is still too far off the map for people to vote for even if he plays well. 


Kicker: None. I really believe Graham Gano will be kicking in DC for many years. He had great workouts in BAL before signing with WAS, and he has kicked in very pressure-intense situations (his years at FSU and in the UFL championship game in OT). Ink him in the 2012 squad.

Punting: None. Bidwell was out of the league last year. Ken has a better chance of getting his Hannah Montana posters personally autographed by Miley Cyrus then Bidwell making it to Hawaii.

Holding: None. If Ethan Albright has only been to 1 Pro-Bowl (2007) his entire stellar career, not much luck for Nick Sundberg.

OK, so what are your predictions?

2010 Pro Bowl Roster

Position Player(s)
Quarterback * Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia
Tony Romo, Dallas
Running back * Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina
Frank Gore, San Francisco
Fullback Leonard Weaver, Philadelphia
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia
Miles Austin, Dallas
Steve Smith, N.Y. Giants
Roddy White, Atlanta
Tight end Vernon Davis, San Francisco
Jason Witten, Dallas
Tackle Jason Peters, Philadelphia
David Diehl, N.Y. Giants
Guard Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota
Leonard Davis, Dallas
Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants
Center Shaun O'Hara, N.Y. Giants
Ryan Kalil, Carolina
Position Player(s)
Defensive end Jared Allen, Minnesota
Julius Peppers, Carolina
Trent Cole, Philadelphia
Interior linemen Darnell Dockett, Arizona
Jay Ratliff, Dallas
Justin Smith, San Francisco
Outside linebacker * DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
Brian Orakpo, Washington
Clay Matthews, Green Bay
Inside/middle linebacker * London Fletcher, Washington
Jon Beason, Carolina
Cornerback Asante Samuel, Philadelphia
* Terence Newman, Dallas
Mike Jenkins, Dallas
Free safety Nick Collins, Green Bay
Antrel Rolle, Arizona
Strong safety Adrian Wilson, Arizona
Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia
Special teams
Position Player(s)
Punter Andy Lee, San Francisco
Placekicker David Akers, Philadelphia
Kick returner Johnny Knox, Chicago
Special teamer Heath Farwell, Minnesota
Long snapper Jon Dorenbos, Philadelphia


NFC Players out:

Due to unexcused absences from practice: Bryant McKinnie, Vikings.

Due to injury: Vikings; Steven Jackson, RamsLarry Fitzgerald, CardinalsSidney Rice, Vikings; Andre Gurode, Cowboys; Kevin Williams, Vikings; Lance Briggs, BearsCharles Woodson, PackersDominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cardinals; Patrick Willis, 49ers.

Due to Super Bowl: SaintsJonathan Stinchcomb, Saints; Jahri Evans, Saints; Jonathan Goodwin, Saints; Jonathan Vilma, Saints; Darren Sharper, Saints; Roman Harper, Saints.