6 Biggest Pro Bowl Snubs

Ryan Chatelain
December 19, 2018 - 10:15 am
Colts linebacker Darius Leonard

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Every year in every sport, there are injustices when all-star game selections are named. Obviously, it's a subjective process, and fan voting often makes it a popularity contest. Tuesday's Pro Bowl announcement was no different. Here's a look at the six biggest snubs this year.

Darius Leonard, OLB, Indianapolis Colts

Leonard's exclusion was highway robbery. The rookie has 146 tackles -- 22 more than anyone else in the league (despite missing a game) -- seven sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. When it comes to outside linebackers, Pro Bowl voters seem too focused on sack totals, which is unfair to 4-3 outside linebackers like Leonard. What more could he have possibly done? Let's make up for it by giving him the Defensive Rookie of the Year award he so clearly deserves.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Apparently 95 receptions for 1,274 yards and six touchdowns through 14 games isn't good enough to earn a Pro Bowl spot these days? It should be. As fine a year as the Chargers' Keenan Allen has had (88 catches, 1,074 yards and six TDs), his spot should've gone to the Steelers' lesser-known wideout.

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Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Ryan has thrown for 333 more yards and seven more touchdowns than Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. Ryan's completion percentage is 69.9, while Rodgers' 61.8. Ryan's QB rating is more than 10 points higher, too. But of course, Rodgers is the bigger name, which is why he received the invitation to Orlando.

Bradley Chubb, OLB, Denver Broncos

The stud rookie has 12 sacks and 51 tackles. Meanwhile, Houston's Jadeveon Clowney, who was voted into the Pro Bowl, has eight sacks and 37 tackles.

David Bakhtiari, OT, Green Bay Packers

Pro Football Focus rates Bakhtiari as the second-best offensive lineman in all of football, and yet he failed to land any of the three Pro Bowl tackle spots in his own conference. Bakhtiari at least deserves to go in over the Saints' Terron Armstead, who is superb when healthy but who has missed five games and counting this season.

John Johnson, SS, Los Angeles Rams

Johnson leads all NFL strong safeties in tackles (106) and is second in interceptions (four). Yet, incredibly, he wasn't even named a Pro Bowl alternate.