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Is Curtis Lofton Ready To Make The Pro Bowl?

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ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03:  Curtis Lofton #50 of the Atlanta Falcons intercepts this pass intended for Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers at Georgia Dome on October 3 2010 in Atlanta Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03: Curtis Lofton #50 of the Atlanta Falcons intercepts this pass intended for Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers at Georgia Dome on October 3 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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In a nutshell? Yes.

I'd like to have a bit of a longer discussion on the topic, though. Everyone is aware that while he's obviously a damn good linebacker, Lofton's not the best out there in coverage. He is a terrific athlete, a punishing tackler and a bright guy, so I think he'll be at least passable against opposing running backs and tight ends in 2011, when he's called upon.

Circling back to my original point, Lofton is awesome. Everyone in Atlanta knows that, but Pro Bowl voters and pundits tend to miss it, even as he piles up 100 tackle seasons and shows his knack for making big plays. So what's it going to take for that to change? Interceptions? Sacks? A new category of statistic invented and led by Lofton himself?

Personally, I think all it's going to take is another good season from Lofton—a couple more big plays might help—and the Falcons winning one more time. That sort of things tends to breed recognition.

What say you?