Written by Luis Sung at 12:30 PM EST | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
So many players on this Miami Dolphins squad have stepped up this year, proving their skill and ability at their given craft and making great cases for why they should be considered Pro Bowl players. However, in an unfortunate turn of events, very few Dolphins are actually in a decent position to make a run for the Pro Bowl at all!
The Pro Bowl is an annual game where all of the (fan chosen) best players in the NFL gather together and play a not-so-rough game of football. But the intensity (or lack thereof) is not the part that draws people to watch this supposedly meaningless game. What makes people watch these types of games is seeing their favorite players honored as some of the best players in the entire NFL, but unfortunately, at the moment, very few Dolphins are getting that recognition.
But we can change that. You see ladies and gentlemen, we the fans are responsible for one-third of the overall selection process for who gets to go to the Pro Bowl and who doesn't, so there is still time for us as a fanbase to rise as one and vote in your Miami Dolphins players!
Just to give some kind of an idea where the Dolphins players stand at the moment, here are the current rankings for the positions where a Dolphin is actually in a position to make it.
1. Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys
2. Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers
3. Orlando Franklin, Denver Broncos
4. Louis Vasquez, Denver Broncos
5. T.J. Lang, Green Bay Packers
6. Ronald Leary, Dallas Cowboys
7. David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Mike Pouncey, Miami Dolphins
9. Mike Iupati, San Francisco 49ers
10. Dan Connolly, New England Patriots
Admittedly, Pouncey has not been stellar at his new guard position, but if this change is permanent, then maybe all he needs is an offseason to heal up and then get accustomed to his old college position. Nevertheless, you see that Pouncey is currently ranked eighth among all guards in the NFL, so let's all get together and get him up to first!
1. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
2. DeMarcus Ware, Denver Broncos
3. Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins
4. Everson Griffen, Minnesota Vikings
5. Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills
6. Willie Young, Chicago Bears
7. Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions
8. Chandler Jones, New England Patriots
9. Rob Ninkovich, New England Patriots
10. Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
If Cameron Wake doesn't get to the Pro Bowl, I will be thoroughly shocked and disgusted. Wake is putting together another incredible year, as is the man on the other side of the D-line, Olivier Vernon. So why isn't Vernon on this list? That is a very good question. Let's fix it.
1. Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots
2. Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos
3. Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears
4. Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
5. Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo Bills
6. Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
7. Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins
8. Prince Amukamara, New York Giants
9. Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
10. Antoine Cason, Carolina Panthers
Why is Grimes only number seven on this list? Even after that incredible catch that will be in highlight reels for years to come, Grimes is still behind the likes of Kyle Fuller and...Leodis McKelvin? Really? Let us rise Dolphin fans, Optimus Grimes needs to go to the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row!
As of this moment, those are the only positions where a Miami Dolphin is even in the top ten, but there are so many other players on this team who deserve that Pro Bowl honor. Think about rookie Ja'Wuan James, who has done stunningly well at the tackle positions this season.
What about linebacker Jelani Jenkins? There was a surprise! Jenkins showed indication of being able to play the way he is now, and yet here he is, showing that he is indeed the future for this Miami Dolphins team, yet he's not even in the top ten of voting.
Jared Odrick should be on this list, as well as Randy Starks and Earl Mitchell. Those three have combined to become one of the most powerful defensive lines in all of football, and Odrick is arguably the best of all three, they need to be Pro Bowl bound!
Rookie receiver Jarvis Landry...need I say more? Even if he doesn't get voted in a receiver, he should at least be getting votes as a return specialist! But no, he's nowhere in site. I can't do it alone Dolphins fans, I need your help, and so do your Dolphins players. There's no limit to how many times you can vote, so let us all come together and get our players into the spotlight for once!
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