Ranking the Pro Bowl odds for every significant Steelers player

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Steelers linebackers' Pro Bowl odds

Lock: T.J. Watt

This one isn’t really in question. Assuming T.J. Watt stays healthy and plays as expected, he will once again make the Pro Bowl. He is an elite defender and sack artist as well as a nationally recognized name. Not only will a healthy Watt be in the Pro Bowl, but he will also be contending for Defensive Player of the Year.

Likely: Alex Highsmith

In all honestly, Alex Highsmith was one of the more notable Pro Bowl snubs last year. That is one of those “nationally reconized” issues that can pop up. Despite being one of the league leaders in sacks, Highsmith wasn’t a household name yet, and it cost him a spot in the game.

I expect things to be different this season. Assuming he has another strong season, it should produce his first Pro Bowl berth. Back-to-back seasons of strong play and double-digit sacks is more than deserving of making it to this game.

Not Likley: Cole Holcomb

Alright, I’ll buy into the hype a little bit. While I wasn’t overly thrilled with the Cole Holcomb signing when the details were announced, he is bringing something to this team that they haven’t had in a while. While far from a perfect player, he does everything he can to make an impact on the field and has shown that through the preseason.

Consistent tackling along with a few turnovers could give him an impressive resume. Ultimately, I don’t see this happening, but there aren’t a lot of notable linebackers in the AFC this season. A strong showing from Holcomb and a little luck elsewhere could get him a Pro Bowl nod.

Impossible: Kwon Alexander, Elandon Roberts

Neither Kwon Alexander nor Elandon Roberts were brought in to be Pro Bowl players. Instead, they provide a physical presence in the middle of this defense. While they may not see any votes, I will enjoy watching them lay some lumber against opposing offenses this season since the defense has been missing that for the past few seasons.