Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Predicting Pro Bowlers for the Bills
By Mike Rodak
The NFL is to announce the 2014 Pro Bowl rosters on Friday, so there is no better time to make a few guesses at who might make the cut for the Buffalo Bills.
We'll break it down into a few different categories:
LB Kiko Alonso -- The rookie burst onto the scene early in the season. While he hasn't snagged an interception since Week 4 -- he has four this season -- Alonso has played every defensive snap and ranks fourth in the NFL in tackles. As of last week, he was the leading vote-getter at his position.
DT Marcell Dareus -- The third overall pick has been a force on the defensive line throughout the season, setting a career high with 7.5 sacks. He has received the second-most fan votes at his position as of last week, putting him in good position to make the Pro Bowl cut.
DE Mario Williams -- Williams ranks third in the NFL with 13 sacks. It's fair to question whether Williams tailed off after a fast start -- he had 4.5 sacks in Week 2-- but it's also worth noting that Williams draws the attention of most offensive lines. He has the third-most fan votes among defensive ends.
DT Kyle Williams -- The Bills' second-most veteran player (behind punter Brian Moorman) is the fourth-leading vote-getter at his position. Like Dareus, Williams has benefited from the pressure-based scheme implemented by defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. He has set a career high with 10.5 sacks.
S Jairus Byrd -- The former Pro Bowler ranks eighth among free safeties in fan voting. While he's unlikely to make a return trip in Hawaii, Byrd has made four interceptions in just eight games started.
S Aaron Williams -- Williams converted from cornerback last offseason, and has settled in well at safety. He has four interceptions, and ranks seventh among strong safeties on the fan ballot.