Miami Dolphins: Cameron Wake Deserves to Be in the Pro Bowl

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst INovember 20, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts escapes the tackle of Cameron Wake #91 of the Miami Dolphins during a fourth quarter play at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins have had their fair share of struggles on their current three game skid. The offense has had a significant lack of explosiveness. The defense has been lackluster.

But, Cameron Wake is still dominating opposing lineman.

Currently with 9.5 sacks on the season, Wake has consistently been a force to be reckoned with. Constantly dealing with double teams, he has still managed to get to the quarterback and leave his mark. Andrew Luck could not escape him. Ryan Fitzpatrick felt his crushing hit.

What makes Wake incredibly difficult to guard is his sheer speed. As soon as the opposing quarterback hikes the ball, Wake is quickly off the line, forcing the opposing lineman to adjust quickly or risk losing Wake, leading to a quick sack. The split second reaction also allows him to force his way through the line to stop the running game as well. He truly inserts his presence as an obstacle for every aspect of the opposing offense to deal with.

Despite the transitional period the Dolphins seem to have found themselves in, Wake has managed to have the best season of his short four-year career. He's looking to set a personal record in sacks this season and hoping to surpass his 14-sack, Pro Bowl season in 2010.

At this point, according to Pro Football Focus, Wake leads the NFL with 45 quarterback pressures, including 15 knockdowns and 30 hurries.

But right now, Wake would need an injury to earn a place on the Pro Bowl roster. He currently sits behind J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans (49 tackles, 11.5 sacks) and Elvis Dumervil of the Denver Broncos (42 tackles, 8.0 sacks).

Dolphins fans should feel obligated to help Wake earn a spot on the Pro Bowl roster, because at this point, he definitely deserves it.