Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
The Pro Bowl squads will be announced at 4 p.m. ET today and it's going to be interesting to see how the NFC South fares.
With NFC East fans apparently having a lot of time on their hands, the NFC South didn't do too well in the fan portion of the voting. But the coaches and the players usually have a way of balancing out the vote.
Here's a list of the guys from the division who I think should be in the Pro Bowl:
Atlanta: Running back Michael Turner, quarterback Matt Ryan, receiver Roddy White and defensive end John Abraham. The reality is Turner and Abraham will make it. Ryan's going to be on the border line and probably end up as an alternate. White should be on the roster, but won't make it because there are some bigger names out there who will make it on reputation.
Carolina: Defensive end Julius Peppers, linebacker Jon Beason, kicker John Kasay, receiver Steve Smith, running back DeAngelo Williams and tackle Jordan Gross. Peppers can go ahead and buy a ticket to Hawaii. But there might be some disappointment in Carolina. Smith is as good as any receiver out there, but he could be a victim of numbers. Same story with Beason and Williams. Gross has had a great year at left tackle, but he'll probably get left in the shadow of the NFC East.
New Orleans: Quarterback Drew Brees. He deserves to be the starter for the NFC. Other than that, he's probably the only member of the Saints who gets a trip.
Tampa Bay: Center Jeff Faine, receiver Antonio Bryant, linebacker Barrett Ruud and punter Josh Bidwell. In a fair world, Faine would be the unquestioned starting center. But this isn't always a fair world and Tampa Bay seems to fly under the radar. The Bucs have some legitimate candidates, but they all run the very real risk of getting slighted.