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Cover 4: Forecasting Pro Bowl nods for 2023


In honor of this week's MLB All-Star Game, the crew discusses locks for the Pro Bowl this season and who could make a push for a nod with a big campaign.

John Schmeelk: There are never any locks given the ebbs and flows of the National Football League, but as long their health cooperates, there are some Giants I would be confident as Pro Bowl selections. The conversation starts with Andrew Thomas, who was one of the best left tackles in the league last season. There's no reason to think that won't continue. There are other excellent tackles in the NFC, such as Trent Williams, Lane Johnson, Christian Darrisaw, Jordan Mailata and Tristan Wirfs, but Thomas should be right with that group.

Dexter Lawrence is the second player in that group I would be confident in. He is a dominant defensive tackle just entering his prime. He will have competition with other excellent defensive tackles like Aaron Donald, Leonard Williams, Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Vita Vea, Derrick Brown and Javon Hargrave.

Darren Waller, if healthy, should also be one of the top tight ends in the NFC and should garner heavy Pro Bowl consideration.

Other players I would have on my radar as possibilities: Daniel Jones, Adoree' Jackson, Xavier McKinney, Bobby Okereke, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari.

Dan Salomone: Since I can't really argue with any of my colleagues' musings or add much more, I'm going to use this as an opportunity for a Graham Gano appreciation post. In just three seasons with the Giants, Gano has already made 20 field goals from at least 50 yards. In the almost 100 seasons of the franchise, the next closest is Joe Danelo with nine.

Of course, the Pro Bowl is not a Giants award. It's a league-wide nod. Since he joined the team in 2020, he ranks fourth in field goal percentage (91.8) and third in 50-yard field goals with 20, just three behind Brandon McManus' 23. Gano has also been virtually automatic in the range of 40-49 yards, missing just one of 25 attempts from that distance due to a block. Send that man to the Pro Bowl.

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