Now that we are about halfway through the regular season, it is time to start considering which players are deserving of the Pro Bowl. For this series, we will look at the three most deserving candidates for each team. Obviously, some teams will have more or less than three players selected to the Pro Bowl, but for simplicity purposes, we will discuss the top three either way.
Midseason Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl Candidates
K.J. Wright is one of the best players on the Seahawks right now and is stepping up each week. Wright has registered 67 tackles this season, leading the team in that category. He has been very good this season at making plays on the ball and has inserted himself into the conversation as one of the better linebackers in the NFL. Wright has also forced two fumbles and recovered two as well. He is a strong blitzing linebacker and will be on many Pro-Bowl ballots this year.
Wagner is Wright’s partner in crime. The two represent one of the better linebacking combinations in the NFL and Wagner has definitely held up his part of the bargain. Wagner has 62 tackles this year and is very good at tackling in the open field. The fourth-year player out of Utah State has an instinct for shedding blocks and finding the ball carrier which is why he signed a four-year, $43 million extension in the offseason. He is also featured in many of the dime and nickel packages run by Seattle, allowing the defense to have extra defensive backs while not giving up anything in the run game. Wagner also has two defensive touchdowns this year, including the most recent one on Monday night against Arizona.
Michael Bennett has been very good on the defensive side of the ball for the Seahawks this season. The seven-year veteran has been a force in the run and pass game this season, registering 33 tackles, 6.5 sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Seattle’s secondary benefits from the pressure their defensive line is able to put on opposing quarterbacks and Bennett is a big reason why. He is on pace for double digit sacks and will continue to produce.