Ranking the Pro Bowl odds for every significant Steelers player

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Steelers defensive line Pro Bowl odds

Lock: Cameron Heyward

Unfortunately, and not due to his own play, Cameron Heyward is the weakest lock on this team. While one of the elite players on this defense, he is constantly overshadowed by other names on teams that put more of a focus on their interior linemen. It wasn’t until recently that Heyward began getting noticed for his consistently dominant play.

That said, if he has another strong season on a very talented defense, it will be hard to keep him off the Pro Bowl roster. While age will eventually catch up to him, Heyward is poised to have yet another strong season and should be a lock to make the Pro Bowl.

Not Likely: Larry Ogunjobi, Keeanu Benton

I almost put Larry Ogunjobi as a sleeper. I know he wasn’t a great statistical player last season, but I am hoping that a full offseason in this scheme makes an impact. Ogunjobi could return to his usual form, which is a disruptive defensive lineman who can get after the quarterback.

The issue is, even in his best seasons, he has never made it to a Pro Bowl. I could see Ogunjobi rebounding and having a strong season, but unless he really takes off, a Pro Bowl nod just doesn’t seem possible. Again, expect a stronger output, but a Pro Bowl doesn’t seem feasible.

As for Keeanu Benton, I do believe that he will have one of the bigger impacts of this rookie class, but his role will likely limit him. Pure nose tackles aren’t common in the Pro Bowl anymore, and while Benton will play all over the line, he likely won’t have the stats to back up a nod as a rookie.