Pro Bowl Roster 2013: Players Who Will Impress in NFL All-Star Game

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 27, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:   Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball for a first down in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The NFL Pro Bowl will certainly feature a remarkable display of offense. With defenses playing half-speed, there has been no shortage of offense in the last few years. Since 2009, the total points in the game have increased each year from 51 points in 2009 to 75 points in 2010 to 96 in 2011 and finally 100 last year. 

With the high number of drop-outs and Super Bowl players this year, the Pro Bowl has a nice mix of young and old players. The wide receivers and quarterbacks benefit the most from the style of play and should be in for exciting games. 


Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

The rookie quarterback who burst onto the scene this season in surprising fashion will turn heads once again at the Pro Bowl. The extremely competitive Wilson likely won't follow the rest of his teammates in showing little effort. Wilson excels when you give him time to throw and the Pro Bowl quarterbacks certainly get plenty of time.

Expect Wilson to be one of the more impressive players in the game. With veterans Eli Manning and Drew Brees on the roster, Wilson should see plenty of time. He did well with the little wide receiver talent he had in Seattle. He should excel with the NFC wide receivers. 


Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants

Fan favorite Victor Cruz will impress with his ability to get behind corners. In the game that features tons of passing, Cruz should be in store for a big day. His speed should get him deep down the field against cornerbacks that may not be going full speed. 

Cruz will get the benefit of playing with Eli Manning and two other solid quarterbacks. Manning will surely look to find his favorite target throughout the game. Cruz could definitely be a candidate for the game's MVP award. 


Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

The season didn't end how Manning had hoped with a trip to Hawaii rather than New Orleans. He should be expected to have a great game in the Pro Bowl as one of the rare veterans that seems to seize the moment of playing in the game. With a slew of talent at wide receiver, Manning should be in for big numbers. 

The combination of Manning and A.J. Green is mouth-watering for fans. They should connect multiple times, possibly for scores. After last season's neck injury, every game Manning plays until he retires is something to enjoy and cherish.