It’s expected that the Bucs will have strong representation in the 2021 Pro Bowl this season, but only two members of the team managed to land on Pro Football Focus’ NFC roster for the event. Quarterback Tom Brady and left guard Ali Marpet, the Bucs best two players this season, were both selected to PFF’s Pro Bowl team.
Brady has thrown for 3,496 yards and 30 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions in his first season in Bruce Arians’ offense, while completing almost 65 percent of his passes and taking just 16 sacks with three games remaining on the schedule. Marpet missed three games due to a concussion, but has allowed zero sacks and just ten pressures in ten games this year.
“Snubbed” from Pro Football Focus’ list were several Bucs, the most notable and deserving of which was OT Tristan Wirfs and LB Lavonte David.
David is PFF’s 4th-ranked linebacker in the NFL, but the three linebackers ahead of him are all in the NFC – Fred Warner, Eric Kendricks and Bobby Wagner. David has definitely been better than Wagner this year in my opinion, and is 100 percent deserving of the Pro Bowl, but the AFC/NFC format could keep him out, simply because the NFC is so superior at linebacker. In the AFC, David would be a lock as the best linebacker in the conference.
As for Wirfs, he grades out quite high for PFF, just not quite high enough to surpass David Bakhtiari, Trent Williams and Duane Brown, which is a fair assessment in my opinion. It’s been an unbelievable year for offensive tackle play, and Wirfs could miss out on his first Pro Bowl simply because of that.