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2013 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC West Version

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The NFL’s Pro Bowl, the real one, features rosters based on the best players from each conference. (That are not hurt, disinterested or in the Super Bowl.) But let’s just imagine how it might look if the divisions sent teams. More specifically, let’s have a look at the team the NFC West would field. Not that there will be a shortage of players from this division playing today, even with all 9 of San Francisco’s Pro Bowlers not playing. There will still be 9 players from the NFC West, with 6 coming from Seattle and 3 from Arizona.

QB, Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson: A tough decision, made all the more difficult by Kaepernick taking his team to the Super Bowl, but there’s just something special about this kid.

RB, Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch: Beast Mode is far and away the best in the NFC West. He gets a ton of yardage after contact and finished third in the league in yardage also.

FB, Seattle Seahawks, Michael Robinson: A great check down option for Russell Wilson, who averages almost 10 yards a catch. Great lead blocker.

TE, San Francisco 49ers, Vernon Davis: Based almost entirely on reputation and a great first half of the season. His second half was horrible. Still think he’s the best tight end in the division though.

WR, San Francisco 49ers, Michael Crabtree: Had his first 1,000 yard season and established himself as a legitimate number one receiver in the NFL.

WR, St. Louis Rams, Danny Amendola: If he was healthy all season would have put up great numbers. Sam Bradford’s favorite target, has great speed and can line up anywhere as a receiver.

T, Seattle Seahawks, Russell Okung: Great size, speed and athleticism. Absolutely destroyed Justin Smith early in the year, if that’s not worth a Pro Bowl nod what is?

T, San Francisco 49ers, Joe Staley: Not overpowering, but consistent and very athletic. Great pass blocker.

G, San Francisco 49ers, Mike Iupati: Huge lineman, whose raw power make up for what very little deficiencies he has technically. Does great work run blocking.

G, St. Louis Rams, Harvey Dahl: Big dropoff in guard talent after Iupati, but Dahl’s none too shabby himself. Shame about the late season injury.

C, Seattle Seahawks, Max Unger: One of the best in the business. Name an All-Pro too for his troubles.
DT, San Francisco 49ers, Justin Smith: The ageless wonder had another great year. Don’t let the drop in sacks fool you, he was instrumental in Aldon Smith’s success.

DT, Arizona Cardinals, Darnell Dockett: One of those picks that is made based on reputation. He had an alright year but had a falling out with Whisenhunt, who knows if he’ll even be a Cardinal next season.

DE, Seattle Seahawks, Chris Clemons: Had one of his best years as a Seahawk. His value both as a pass rusher and run defender were made painfully clear when he was lost in the playoffs.

DE, St. Louis Rams, Chris Long: Part of a defensive line that helped the Rams tie for the league lead in sacks. Has the ability to dominate offensive lines when he gets going.

OLB, San Francisco 49ers, Aldon Smith: One of the best pass rushers in the league. Was on pace to break Strahan’s 22.5 sack record until Justin Smith got hurt. Maybe next year?

OLB, Seattle Seahawks, K.J. Wright: Has great speed and is especially good in pass protection and defending the run.

ILB, Arizona Cardinals, Daryl Washington: Great pass rusher with exceptional speed. Had a breakout year, and became a leader on the Cardinals young defense.

ILB, San Francisco 49ers, Patrick Willis: Arguably the best linebacker in the game. Does it all, and does it all very well. Great leader.

CB, Arizona Cardinals, Patrick Peterson: Struggled with consistency this season, but overall had a great year. Potential to be one of the best in the league.

CB, Seattle Seahawks, Richard Sherman: One of the best corners in the league. Extremely physical and even more vocal. Great tackler and very tall.

FS, Seattle Seahawks, Earl Thomas: An All-Pro, and more than deserving of that status. Had his best season yet. Great speed.

SS, San Francisco 49ers, Donte Whitner: A great leader and even better safety. Very physical, has a great hit on an almost weekly basis.

P, San Francisco, Andy Lee: Great punter. That is all.

K, St.Louis Rams, Greg Zuerlein: How can you not pick the rookie some call Young Geezy? Also known as Legatron.
KR, Seattle Seahawks, Leon Washington: Great speed and explosiveness to go along with vision. Very elusive little fella.

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