2. Marcus Maye, S, NY Jets
Marcus Maye enjoyed a breakout season of sorts in 2020. After being a reliable, above-average starter throughout his first three NFL seasons, Maye emerged as one of the best players on the team in 2020.
Due in no small part to him finally stepping out of the shadow of his former position-mate, Jamal Adams, Maye was spectacular last season. And there's every reason to believe that he could have a repeat performance in 2021.
Maye finished the 2020 season with an outstanding 82.9 Pro Football Focus grade that ranked fifth out of all safeties in the NFL. When it came time for award voting, he led all Jets with three All-Pro votes.
Unfortunately, his candidacy was likely hurt by the fact that he was playing on a 2-14 team and because this was his first season of truly All-Pro-caliber play.
But if he can put together a similar year in 2021, there's no reason why he can't make the Pro Bowl. Especially with Robert Saleh now calling the shots.
Maye is currently playing under the franchise tag, but if the two sides do come to terms on a long-term extension before the July 15th deadline, that would only further solidify his case.
After all, nothing helps a player receive more national recognition than a big-money extension.
Don't be surprised if Maye breaks through and makes his first Pro Bowl in 2021.