3 New Orleans Saints who could be first-time Pro Bowlers in 2020

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Number Two: Marcus Williams

Marcus Williams is one of the best free safeties in the entire NFL and a big season could propel him to a Pro Bowl nod.

Williams, 23, is still known around the league as the player on the wrong side of the “Minneapolis Miracle” but a strong 2020 season could change that narrative for the better.

On a New Orleans defense that saw multiple players compete in the Pro Bowl, the team’s leader in interceptions wasn’t even considered.

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Williams not only led the Saints in interceptions in 2019, but he also helped cover a lot of ground that blown coverages by Vonn Bell and Eli Apple caused. Williams is very valuable to the Saints, and having Malcolm Jenkins opposite of him should elevate his game to a Pro Bowl level.

Williams has had a great three-season career in the Big Easy where he’s recorded 187 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, 23 passes defended, ten interceptions, and one defensive touchdown.

Some could even argue that Williams has outshined fellow 2017 draft selection and multiple-time Pro Bowler Marshon Lattimore.

Lattimore in the same amount of time has logged 168 tackles (19 less than Williams), five forced fumbles (three more than Williams), 44 passes defended, and eight interceptions (two less than Williams).

The point is not to choose which of the young members of the Saints secondary is better but to compare their numbers to see how similar Williams’ numbers are to a three-time Pro Bowler.

There’s no doubt in my mind that if Marcus Williams has a big 2020 season, he will be a Pro Bowler in January.