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Sunday, May 10, 2009
NFC West Pro Bowl prospects

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams' offseason roster makeover has left them with three players claiming Pro Bowl pedigrees.

By my count, no team in the league has fewer players with Pro Bowl experience. I have the Lions and Dolphins also with three apiece.

A quick look at NFC West players with Pro Bowl experience:

Several players' Pro Bowl experiences are fading memories. Gary Stills, Dante Hall, La'Roi Glover, Torry Holt, Orlando Pace, Trent Green and Corey Chavous weren't likely to achieve Pro Bowl status again had they remained with the Rams.

My safest NFC West bets for Pro Bowl status this season: Fitzgerald, Willis and Boldin, probably. Some of the others have injury concerns. Warner could be a safe bet if he makes it through a full season for the fourth time in his career and second time in a row. Jones is a safe bet if he bounces back from knee surgery as well as the Seahawks expect him to do. Jackson could put up big numbers for the Rams this season. Who else?

The Rams' Oshiomogho Atogwe, Josh Brown and Donnie Jones have Pro Bowl potential. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Karlos Dansby could break through for the Cardinals. The 49ers' Gore is always a threat. Niners center Eric Heitmann might have a chance if the 49ers' rushing game puts up big numbers and the team wins more games. Who else?

Do any NFC West rookies have a chance in your view?