New Orleans Saints’ Demario Davis was selected today to the NFL first-team All-Pro roster. However, he didn’t make the Pro-Bowl. How could this be?
“Making first-team All-Pro is a greater honor than making the Pro Bowl. Only 28 players make first-team All-Pro, while 86 players are chosen to the Pro Bowl even before late replacements are added. And All-Pro voters, while they don’t get it right every time, have fewer biases and personal connections to players than do the fans, players, and coaches who vote for the Pro Bowl,” Michael Smith, Pro Football Talk. Well, that was the reality for New Orleans Saints’ stud linebacker.
Therefore, making the All-Pro list, especially the first-team, means more than the Pro-Bowl. When a player makes the All-Pro team but not the Pro Bowl team, it’s the fans that miss out.
Last year, seven players did not make the Pro Bowl and made the first-team All-Pro squad — Cameron Hayward, Jason Kelce, Andrew Whitworth, Andrew Norwell, Harrison Smith, Kevin Byard, and Jamal Agnew.
This year, Demario Davis was the victim of such phenomena of an occurrence.
New Orleans Saints’ linebacker Demario Davis joins Seattle Seahawks’ linebacker Bobby Wagner and Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker Eric Kendricks on the All-Pro team. Only Bobby Wagner made the Pro-Bowl roster as well.
Davis finished the year with 111 tackles, four sacks, one interception, and nine QB hits. Davis led the New Orleans Saints defensive in tackles by almost 30 more than the second-place tackler, safety Vonn Bell.
This phenomenon doesn’t occur all the time, but it goes to show that the Pro-Bowl is more of a popularity contest than it is the actual best players in the league. Maybe the NFL needs to reevaluate how it votes on Pro-Bowlers.
Demario Davis will help propel the New Orleans Saints far into the playoffs and continue to tighten down the defensive side of the ball. Pairing him with Cameron Jordan will significantly strengthen the defensive front for the Saints.
Let’s hope he stays healthy and stays playing at first-team All-Pro level.