Because of a change of time and venue last season, a record number of players were voted into or invited to the NFL Pro Bowl in 2009.
46 players to be exact.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not contribute any players to that number, but are hoping to this year. Despite being a young and inexperienced team, the Bucs have some talented players who are on the verge of becoming All-Pros. ESPN’s John Clayton does not appear to agree. Here are a few guys he mentions:
Atlanta Falcons CB Dunta Robinson: Robinson has been considered one of the best cornerbacks in the AFC for years, so it's somewhat surprising to think he's never been to a Pro Bowl. A former franchise player of the Houston Texans, Robinson signed a six-year, $57 million contract with the Falcons this offseason. Robinson has the platform on a possible 11- or 12-win team to be recognized as one of the best coverage specialists in the NFC.
Cincinnati Bengals CBs Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall: This is the best cornerback combo that doesn't get enough recognition leaguewide. Under coordinator Mike Zimmer, the Bengals have turned their defense around over the past two seasons; the shutdown abilities of Joseph and Hall have been key to that improvement. Joseph ended up being a second alternate last season while Hall was a fourth alternate. Sure, it's hard to crack the AFC cornerback Pro Bowl list with the trio of Nnamdi Asomugha, Darrelle Revis and Champ Bailey at the top, but Joseph and Hall are knocking on the door.
Source: ESPN – John Clayton
PewterReport.com’s Take: Once again, some of the Bucs’ bright young players of overlooked. While those three cornerbacks are all solid players, Aqib Talib is just as good. Robinson has 13 careers interceptions in six seasons. Joseph has 11 picks in four seasons, and Hall as 14 interceptions in three seasons. Talib is nine picks in just two seasons in the NFL. He is approaching “Shutdown Corner” status. Meanwhile, Tanard Jackson has been a playmaker since he stepped foot in the league. Jackson had 71 tackles, five interceptions, three forced fumbles, and scored two touchdowns last season. And he did all that despite missing the first four games of the season. If those two stay healthy, a trip to Hawaii is should be in the picture.