The bigger snub than Kyle Fuller for the Pro Bowl is Roquan Smith
This one is the one that fans should be upset about. Roquan Smith has been an elite inside linebacker in the NFL this year. Playing in a 4-3 as a middle linebacker helps guys like Bobby Wagner and Fred Warner pad their tackle stats. Smith plays in a 3-4 and competes with Danny Trevathan for solo tackles, yet he has more solo tackles than both Wagner and Warner — the two that were selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl.
If I were in charge of who gets in, Bobby Wagner would be one and Roquan Smith would be the other. Wagner has 126 combined tackles (73 solos and 53 assists). Wagner also has three sacks, eight pass deflections and a fumble recovery. These are solid numbers as he has averaged 5.2 solo tackles this season.
Fred Warner has similar stats. He has 101 combined tackles (62 solos and 39 assists). He only has three pass deflections though and has not recorded a sack on the year. How he made the Pro Bowl over Roquan Smith is just confusing to me as Smith leads the NFL in solo tackles with 89. Even Devin White has 87 solo tackles on the year and deserves to be in over Warner. Smith’s stats do not stop there though. He has four sacks, a forced fumble and five pass deflections.
The Pro Bowl is a joke of an accomplishment, but some guys actually make extra money based on how their contracts are written. The Chicago Bears may have had Khalil Mack unjustifiably earn a spot this year, but Kyle Fuller and Roquan Smith deserve the recognition this year as well.