Pro Bowl voting is now underway, as fans can vote for their favorite players into the annual Pro Bowl game played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
The pro bowl has recently been nothing more than a popularity contest, as fans vote for their favorites instead of those deserving of pro bowl honors. In recent memory, J.J. Watt missed most of the season, but was still voted to the pro bowl because, well, he is J.J. Watt.
Here are four Colts who actually deserve to make the pro bowl game this year:
Obviously, Andrew Luck is my first choice. He is putting up astronomical numbers in their three game win streak, including averaging over 36 points per game. Luck has consistently played at a high level this season, throwing 26 touchdowns over 9 games, good for second best in the NFL. Luck is also top 10 in the league in passing yards, with just under 2,500 yards on the season. His success has been in part due to an improving offensive line, who has not allowed a sack in four weeks – and is a good segway to my next player.
Nelson was the Colts’ first round pick this year, and looks to be well worth the selection. Nelson uses his large frame and ridiculous strength to bully whoever is lined up across from him, or uses his athleticism to pull and make an athletic play. Did you see what Nelson did to poor Barry Church on Sunday? He flattened him. I guess that is where the term pancake comes from. Quenton Nelson is one of the best guards in the NFL and he is only a rookie; that deserves a nod for the pro bowl.
Leonard is another rookie who could be a pro bowler in their first year in the league. Darius Leonard does it all. He creates turnovers like his life depends on it and can make a play ANYWHERE on the field. The dude had 19 tackles in one game. He is a machine. Darius Leonard should be the front-runner for defensive rookie of the year. He is one of only three players in the entire league with over 60 solo tackles. That is saying something, and should be more than enough for the spot on the AFC roster.
How about Eric Ebron? After being dumped off by the Detroit Lions after a couple of unproductive seasons, nobody expected anything from the 6’4 tight end in his fifth year. How did he respond? Oh, he just became Andrew Luck’s favorite target and leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns. You know, nothing special. His 9 touchdowns and 463 yards are elite numbers and he deserves pro bowl honors this year.
Go out and vote for your Indianapolis Colts! You can vote as many times as you want per day until January.