5 Rookies Who Could Make the Pro Bowl This Year

With the NFL regular season right around the corner, all the hype is currently on the rookies. Teams have invested their picks and money into these players, hoping they can be game changers for the franchise. 


Last year we saw four rookies make the Pro Bowl, but how many will reach that hallowed ground this year? Here are five rookies who have the potential to be selected to the Pro Bowl by the end of the season...if they don't find themselves in the Super Bowl.

5. Garett Bolles

We expect skill players to have the best chance to make the Pro Bowl, but how about some love for the offensive lineman? 


Amid a quarterback controversy for the Denver Broncos, they should have no problem figuring out their left tackle spot. First round pick Garett Bolles seems to have that taken care of. The first lineman taken in the 2017 NFL Draft was solid in his first preseason outing earlier this week. Given all he's been through to get here, this seems like a piece of cake. 


With a newly shaped offensive line, Bolles is primed to be protecting the blind side this season. Don't be surprised to see him in the Pro Bowl conversation if he is the consistent starter there.

4. Mitchell Trubisky

This pick won't come without its controversy, but I am going to put it in here anyways. If starting this season, Mitchell Trubisky could be a potential Pro Bowler. It was expected that Mike Glennon would be the starter this season, but after Trubisky's first preseason performance, he could be ready earlier than expected. 


Yes, it was just the first preseason game, but Trubisky looked beyond solid. He finished the night 18-of-25 for 166 yards and a touchdown. It's hard not to get excited about what we've seen in such a short sample size. 


If Glennon continues to struggle, Trubisky could very well be the starter Week 1. It will take quite a season, but we could possibly see him as a Pro Bowler in 2017.

3. Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey came from college with a lot of hype surrounding him, and for good reason. He was the best all-purpose back in the country during his time at Stanford. The Panthers saw this and scooped him up with the No. 8 overall pick. 


McCaffrey can be a Pro Bowl selection this season because of his versatility. Not only will we see him running the ball, but he'll be productive as a wide receiver and even a returner. With his speed and elusiveness, defenders are going to have a hard time bringing him down in the open field. It wouldn't be surprising to see him find the end zone plenty of times this season. 

2. Dalvin Cook

Even as a second-round pick, Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook has first-round talent. He could very well be the breakout rookie who flies under the radar until he explodes. With Latavius Murray coming off of injury, Cook is the focal point of the run game right now. 


Let's be honest: if the Vikings won't be able to rely on Sam Bradford to carry them to wins. There's going to have to be production from the ground game. The offense had the worst rushing attack in the league last year and they will look to turn that around. Combined with his speed and strength, Cook could very well see a 1,000-yard season.

1. Myles Garrett

I don't think anyone can question that if Myles Garrett is healthy and out on the field for a full season, he will be a Pro Bowler. The Browns drafted him No. 1 overall with these kind of expectations. 


At 6-4, 272 pounds, Garrett is a giant out on the field. Add that in with his incredible athleticism and you have a nightmare for just about any NFL lineman. He could easily finish his rookie season with upwards of 10-12 sacks. If that's the case, you can count him voted in to the Pro Bowl this season. 

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