4. C.J. Mosley, LB, NY Jets
- Current Votes Rank: 8th (5th in AFC)
It's been a pleasant bounce-back season for C.J. Mosley who was coming off the worst year of his career in 2021. While he's far from perfect, Mosley has proved this season that he still has plenty left in the tank.
He ranks top-20 in both run stops and Pro Football Focus coverage grade. His 70.4 completion percentage against ranks sixth among qualified linebackers while his 82.5 passer rating when targeted ranks fifth.
Mosley has the name value to help him with the Pro Bowl voting process, and it's little surprise to see him ranked eighth in votes (fifth in the AFC).
While it's a stretch to insist he will make the Pro Bowl, he belongs in the conversation. His resurgence this season has flown under the radar.
3. Justin Hardee, ST, NY Jets
- Current Votes Rank: 7th (3rd in AFC)
Now we get into the three players on the roster who deserve Pro Bowl spots and certainly could get them. Justin Hardee can make a strong case to be the best special-teams gunner in the NFL.
Hardee has 12 special-teams tackles in 12 games to go along with a forced fumble and an excellent 85.1 Pro Football Focus special-teams grade. Only one player in the league has more special-teams tackles than Hardee, Washington Commanders safety Jeremy Reaves.
Hardee is as good at what he does as any player in the NFL, but it might not be enough to get him to the Pro Bowl. The 28-year-old ranks just seventh in special teams votes and third in the AFC.
Hardee is going to need some more help from voters if he's to make the Pro Bowl this year. It's hard to argue he doesn't deserve it, though.