Before the Pro Bowl teams are announced on "NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed," airing Tuesday night on NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET, Gregg Rosenthal has highlighted one player on each team in the NFL that deserves a spot. Note: This is not necessarily the best or most obvious potential Pro Bowler on each squad, just a player we chose to highlight. (Sorry, Tom Brady.)
Cleveland Browns: Joe Thomas, tackle. There is something noble about doing your job at an extremely high level for a 10th straight season while the world burns around you.
Houston Texans: Whitney Mercilus, defensive end. Season after season, Mercilus is the most disruptive pass rusher that doesn't get enough love. His lack of sacks (5.5) will make him a tough sell for a trip to Orlando, but he absolutely has earned it for his all-around play.
Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, safety. We're not quite buying the Defensive Player of the Year argument, but Berry has staked his claim as the best safety in football. He can play deep center field or near the line of scrimmage. His forced fumbleagainst the Titans was typical of a season filled with big plays.
Miami Dolphins: Cameron Wake, defensive end. Wake may just win Comeback Player of the Year, like Berry did last season. Coming off a torn Achilles at 34 years old, Wake has 22 QB hits, 10.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. His get-off on the line of scrimmage at his size (6-foot-3, 263 pounds) is still freakish. He's one of the best players of the last decade that gets forgotten too often.
New York Jets: Leonard Williams, defensive lineman. In a miserable year for general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles, at least they know they got this pick right. Through Year 2 of his career, Williams has all the makings of a guy that makes the Pro Bowl every season for the next decade.
San Diego Chargers: Melvin Gordon, running back. Six running backs make the Pro Bowl. Whether he returns to the field from his hip injury or not, Gordon was one of football's six best backs this season. He was fifth in yards from scrimmage entering Week 15 and ran so much tougher than his pre-draft reputation indicated.