It’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen. Time to vote for this year’s NFL Pro Bowl roster. After tinkering with the annual event, this year’s exhibition returns to the traditional AFC vs NFC matchup.
Last year the Tennessee Titans sent two players to Hawaii, defensive lineman Jurrell Casey and tight end Delanie Walker.
But this year’s team has a better roster, offense, and record, so that number should increase this time around.
With that being said, lets take a look at the Titans players that are worthy of your vote.
DeMarco Murray – RB
The unquestioned team MVP has been everything the Titans could ask for…and then some. Murray is currently second in the league in rushing with 1043 yards. He also has 8 rushing touchdowns, 45 receptions, 309 receiving yards, and 3 receiving tds. If Tennessee can somehow win their remaining four games and make the playoffs behind their run game, then Murray would be an All Pro lock while catapulting himself into league MVP discussions.
Delanie Walker – TE
While his numbers are off from his record-setting 2015 season, tight end Delanie Walker is quietly putting up Pro Bowl numbers again this season. Not only is Walker leading all tight ends in touchdown receptions (6), but he is also third in the AFC (including receivers) in that category. Consistent production over the last four games coupled with a playoff push could put Walker atop this year’s All Pro list as well.
Taylor Lewan – LT
After a rocky start to his career his first two seasons in Tennessee, left tackle Taylor Lewan has put it all together this season. Aside from his customary bone-head gaffes, Lewan has proven to be a physical force, and lead dog on the Titans’ revamped offensive line. Pro Football Focus graded Lewan as the best left tackle in the league earlier this season, and his one sack allowed this season further cements his Pro Bowl case.
Jack Conklin – Rookie RT
Jack “Straight Outta” Conklin has been the most productive first round pick selected by Tennessee since running back Chris Johnson in 2008. The rookie right tackle stepped in as a day one starter after veteran right tackle Byron Bell suffered a season ending ankle injury during mini-camp. And like Lewan, the rookie right tackle has given up just one sack this season as well, and has earned a trip to Hawaii. If nothing else, the Titans have young and talented bookend tackles that should be good for a long time.
Brian Orakpo – Outside Linebacker
Yes, the defense has struggled mightily over the last month of the season, but do not let that distract you from the Pro Bowl season that olb Brian Orakpo is putting together. His 9 sacks ranks fourth-best in the AFC, and he is just one off the pace of Lorenzo Alexander (BUF) and Dee Ford (KC) who both have 10 apiece. Orakpo has already notched three multi-sack games this season, and a couple more of those over the last month of the season could send him to Hawaii, and the top of the leaderboard.
Marcus Mariota – QB
Marcus Mariota quietly leads the AFC in touchdown passes (25), and is currently fourth in the conference in passing yards. But his cache sits behind notable names like Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Philip Rivers…and Oakland quarterback Derek Carr is having an MVP caliber season, himself. If one of the above mentioned declines the offer, then expect Mariota to be the next man up.