With the return of Dirk Koetter, a renewed emphasis on the offensive line and a plethora of weapons lined up, many people expect the Falcons offense to be one of the top units in the league once again. Along with offensive success comes accolades and none is more debated than Pro Bowl selections. The Falcons offense is no stranger to Pro Bowlers, either, so let’s take a look at the players we think have the best chance of being selected in 2019.
Julio Jones - This one almost goes without saying. He’s regularly an All-Pro selection (2x first-team, 2x second-team) and has already made the Pro Bowl 6 times in his career. In fact, it would be more shocking if he didn’t make it.
Matt Ryan - Just like Julio, Ryan has already been to the Pro Bowl several times in his career. He’s been 4 times (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) and was actually selected as an alternate in 2018 but turned down the invitation. Given that his 2018 numbers were nearly identical to his MVP and All-Pro 2016 season, he should have been more than just an alternate.
Alex Mack - Yes, he’s going to turn 33 this year, but Mack has remained one of the best centers in the league. He’s already been to 6 Pro Bowls, including four straight since 2015. He may be on the backside of his career, but he’s still one of the best in the league.
Austin Hooper - He made his first Pro-Bowl in 2018 coming off his best season yet. Hooper has quietly developed into one of the best young tight ends in the league and a reliable target in the Falcons offense. As long as he keeps it up in 2019, he should make it two visits in a row.
Jake Matthews - Jake was quietly one of the best left tackles in the NFL last year and has continued to improve every year he’s been in the league. He’s finally getting recognition league-wide and if he keeps it up, his first Pro-Bowl berth could happen this year.
Devonta Freeman - After going in 2015 and 2016, injury and concussion issues slowed Devonta down the last two years. However, he’s a very capable, well-rounded back who deserves attention when he’s healthy. If he can play 15 to 16 games this year, don’t be surprised if he makes to the Pro Bowl yet again.
Mohamed Sanu - I love Sanu, but his role in the offense limits his overall production. It would be shocking if he put up the numbers to get the recognition.
Calvin Ridley - Right now, Ridley still figures to be sharing targets with Sanu, which will drive down his overall numbers. Don’t be surprised if he moves into the spotlight starting in 2020, but as good as he’ll be this year, he’s not likely to get Pro Bowl recognition.
The rest of the offensive line - Sorry guys, between the recent free agents and rookies, I would be highly shocked if anyone other than Mack and Matthews got the nod this year. It would be a pleasant shock, though.
What do you think of these assessments? Are there any names you’d shuffle around? Let us know in the comments below.