The fan-voted selections for the Pro Bowl have become less substantive over the last few years, but the title still means a lot to both players and fans, and they usually correlate with that team’s success during the regular season.
In four of the last five years, the Dallas Cowboys have had 5 or more Pro Bowl selections each season, with the one exception being 2020 where they had none. That consistency is rare across the league, but can we expect the same from this 2022 roster?
While the Cowboys have seen a number of departures, trades, and salary cap casualties in the last six months, all five of last year’s Pro Bowlers are returning to Dallas, so perhaps they will still be able to send a good amount of players to Las Vegas.
One big difference might be which side of the ball those selections are coming from. As the offensive line ages, the wide receiver room gets thinner and thinner, and running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard share more carries, the emerging defense in Dallas may lead the way for the Cowboys this year.
With that said, I have my predictions on who is going to show out this year and get their ticket punched for this year’s Pro Bowl.
Predicting which Cowboys players will make the Pro-Bowl in 2022
1. Zack Martin, Right Guard
Any conversation about the Cowboys and the Pro Bowl has to start with the heart and soul of the offensive line, Zack Martin. A seven-time Pro Bowler, Martin has and will continue to be a shoo-in for the honor as he consistently ranks as the top guard in the league.
At 31 years old, he has been named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams in every year of his career except for the 2020 season. Martin is the definition of consistency and elite play. He is likely a future member of the hall of fame.
This year, he will need to continue to carry the weight on the O-Line as young guys like Tyler Smith, Terrence Steele, and Tyler Biadasz develop. It is truly just Martin and LT Tyron Smith remaining from the vaunted offensive lines of the past, and Smith is not getting any younger or reliable.
While his role as the young star up front has changed, his performance has not. Martin is still at the top of his game as he enters his 30’s and is all but guaranteed to be a Pro Bowler if he stays healthy.
The bigger question on the offensive line is if Smith can stay healthy at left tackle and if the young guys can produce at the level needed to protect QB Dak Prescott.