A lot of names on this list might make you say, huh? They haven’t been to a Pro Bowl? Nope.
Here are the top 10 players most likely to earn their first Pro Bowl nod in 2014.
10) Brandon Boykin – CB – Eagles
Boykin was snubbed a season ago. Despite starting only two games, Boykin grabbed six interceptions for 136 yards and a touchdown, had 17 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and 42 tackles. Boykin currently isn’t listed as a starter for the Eagles, however that didn’t stop him last season.
9) Bobby Wagner – ILB – Seahawks
The Super Bowl champion will enter the season coming off career highs in sacks, pass deflections, fumble recoveries and tackles. Wagner will play his third year surrounded by arguably the best supporting cast in the league. This year Wagner will elevate himself to an elite level, joining several teammates in the Pro Bowl, provided they’re not in the big game again.
8) Montee Ball – RB – Broncos
He’ll be the starting running back this year for the best offense in NFL history a season ago. The case for Ball starts with the fact that he rushed for 297 of his 559 rushing yards during the last five games of the season in 2013. With Peyton Manning under center, the sky is the limit for Ball in the run game and the pass game.
7) Jadeveon Clowney – OLB – Texans
Some may see the 2014 number one overall pick as a disappointment if he doesn’t earn a Pro Bowl bid. Clowney is widely anticipated to make an impact for the Texans playing alongside defensive end J.J. Watt and linebacker Brian Cushing. It wouldn’t surprise to see Clowney reach at least 12 sacks his rookie year.
6) Torrey Smith – WR – Ravens
Smith enters this season coming off career highs in receptions (65) and yards (1128) a season ago. The 2011 second-round pick enters the final year of his contract and will be playing for a major contract from the Ravens or someone else. As Joe Flacco’s favorite target, Smith is primed for a monster year.