2020 NFL Pro Bowl Picks

Voting for the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl is now available! It’s unclear if anyone is voted into the Pro Bowl via dead vote or computer glitch, but here are my selections for the most irrelevant football game of the year (order is how they appear on NFL.com):

Quarterbacks: Josh Allen, Bills; Russell Wilson, Seahawks; Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs; Aaron Rodgers, Packers; Kyler Murray, Cardinals; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

Pretty straight forward with these selections. I’m sure Lamar Jackson will be voted in, but he hasn’t played well this year.

Running Backs: Dalvin Cook, Vikings; Derrick Henry, Titans; Josh Jacobs, Raiders; James Robinson, Jaguars; Aaron Jones, Packers; Alvin Kamara, Saints

The usual suspects are hurt, which opens up an opportunity for James Robinson, who has been a big surprise this year. I’m rooting for Josh Jacobs, as I have a prop on him to win the rushing title this year. He’s currently fourth.

Wide Receivers: Stefon Diggs, Bills; DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals; Keenan Allen, Chargers; Davante Adams, Packers; D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks; Tyreek Hill, Chiefs

It’s amazing that the top two players are both new additions to their team, given that this was a wonky offseason in which building chemistry was difficult than normal. Julio Jones was the best receiver who didn’t make this list.

Fullbacks: Kyle Juszczyk, 49ers; Andy Janovich, Browns; Alec Ingold, Raiders; C.J. Ham, Vikings; Patrick Ricard, Ravens

I made five selections by accident instead of the needed six. Whoops! To be fair, there aren’t too many fullbacks to choose from because the position is so scarce.

Tight Ends: Travis Kelce, Chiefs; Darren Waller, Raiders; Evan Engram, Giants; Noah Fant, Broncos, Hayden Hurst, Falcons; Dalton Schultz, Cowboys

Tight ends have struggled this year, and it hurts not to be able to choose George Kittle, who is injured. The one question mark on this list is Dalton Schultz, but I feel as though he’d be having a huge season if Dak Prescott hadn’t gotten hurt.

Offensive Tackles: Garett Bolles, Broncos; David Bakhtiari, Packers; Duane Brown, Seahawks; Rob Havenstein, Rams; Jack Conklin, Browns; Laremy Tunsil, Texans

I never thought Garrett Bolles would be on a Pro Bowl list, but he’s been incredible this year. The other five can’t be surprises, as they’ve had terrific previous seasons.

Guard: Wyatt Teller, Browns; Shaq Mason, Patriots; Ali Marpet, Buccaneers; Zack Martin, Cowboys; Joe Thuney, Patriots; Quinton Nelson, Colts

There are two Patriots on this list, with Joe Thuney being the lesser of the two. However, Thuney has been invaluable to the team, playing different positions in the wake of injuries.

Center: Brandon Linder, Jaguars; Corey Linsley, Packers; J.C. Tretter, Browns; Frank Ragnow, Lions; Ryan Kelly, Colts; Jason Kelce, Eagles

Nothing of note on this list. All six centers have been outstanding this year, though the Jaguars didn’t exactly miss Brandon Linder in a close game versus the Packers in Week 10.

Defensive Ends: Brian Burns, Panthers; Myles Garrett, Browns; J.J. Watt, Texans; Cameron Jordan, Saints; DeMarcus Lawrence, Cowboys; Brandon Graham, Eagles

I was confident with the first five, as Brandon Graham was the sixth guy to make the list. Brian Burns has been incredible this year, but people don’t know about that because the Panthers have been dreadful defensively.

Defensive Tackles: Akiem Hicks, Bears; Jeffery Simmons, Titans; Cameron Heyward, Steelers; Aaron Donald, Rams; Chris Jones, Chiefs; DeForest Buckner, Colts

Akiem Hicks was definitely missed late in the Minnesota game! All six of these guys are absolute studs. I couldn’t find another spot on this list for anyone else.

Inside Linebackers: Bobby Wagner, Seahawks; Eric Kendricks, Vikings; Lavonte David, Buccaneers; Fred Warner, 49ers; Darius Leonard, Colts

Everyone is focused on Tom Brady and the receivers, but the Buccaneer linebackers have been tremendous this year. Fred Warner could be the best of the bunch.

Outside Linebackers: Myles Jack, Jaguars; K.J. Wright, Seahawks, Khalil Mack, Bears; Za’Darius Smith, Packers; T.J. Watt, Steelers; Kyle Van Noy, Dolphins

I hate this. The NFL mixed up 4-3 outside linebackers and 3-4 edge rushers when these two positions are completely different. I did what I could on this list, but it was very difficult to compare the two positions.

Cornerbacks: Jaire Alexander, Packers; Bryce Callahan, Broncos; Darious Williams, Rams; Jason Verrett, 49ers; James Bradberry, Giants; Xavien Howard, Dolphins

Jaire Alexander is now the best cornerback in the NFL, while Darious Williams has been a great upstart player no one is talking about. He has outplayed Jalen Ramsey.

Free Safety: Budda Baker, Cardinals; Jordan Poyer, Bills; Kareem Jackson, Broncos; Harrison Smith, Vikings; Duron Harmon, Lions; Adrian Amos, Packers

Strong Safety: Justin Simmons, Broncos; Jesse Bates, Bengals; John Johnson, Rams; Minkah Fitzpatrick, Steelers; Marcus Maye, Jets; Bobby McCain, Dolphins

I’m going to group these together because the NFL should group them together. With NFL positions so fluid these days, it doesn’t make sense to differentiate free and strong safeties.

Special Teams: None

I didn’t vote for special-teamers because I don’t think special teams should be played in the Pro Bowl. Each team should have to go for it on every fourth down, and there shouldn’t be any field goals or extra points. It’s not a real football game, so why even have the boring stuff?

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