Two Cleveland Browns named Pro Bowlers, six named as alternates

The NFL has announced the Pro Bowl rosters for the 2019 Pro Bowl. The Cleveland Browns have two players currently in the Pro Bowl and six players as alternatives.

The revamped Cleveland Browns have doubled the amount of Pro Bowlers they have had since last season. Last year the team had zero at this time of the year, but linebacker Joe Schobert made it in as an alternate. This year, the picture looks a lot different.

The Browns have two players who have made the Pro Bowl outright, these being defensive lineman Myles Garrett and corner back Denzel Ward. This is both of their first Pro Bowl appearances.

Garrett was the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft and has been stellar this season on the Browns defensive line, leading the team with 12.5 sacks in the 14 games so far this season. Garrett will be a starter in the Pro Bowl.

Ward, the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was second on the team with three interceptions this season. According to Andrew Gribble of ClevelandBrowns.com, Ward is the first Browns rookie to be named to the Pro Bowl since the one of the greatest offensive lineman in history, Joe Thomas. Ward will be a backup in the Pro Bowl.

Ward is the Browns first Pro Bowl cornerback since Joe Haden in 2015. Garrett is the first Browns defensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl since Shaun Rogers in 2009, and the first Browns defensive end since Rob Burnett in 1995.

Several other Browns players are on the alternate list. Joel Bitonio is the first alternate at guard. Running back Nick Chubb and punter Britton Colquitt are second alternates. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry is a third alternate and will likely miss the Pro Bowl for the first time since his rookie year. Quarterback Baker Mayfield and right guard Kevin Zeitler are fourth team alternates.

With Steelers’ guard David Decastro, Ravens’ guard Marshal Yanda, and Colts’ guard Quenton Nelson in front of him, odds don’t look good for Bitonio to make the Pro Bowl. Hopefully the Colts can make a Super Bowl run so Bitonio can make the Pro Bowl without having Browns fans watch the Steelers or Ravens go for another ring.

Britton Colquitt’s finish as the second alternate in the AFC at punter is surprising, considering he was leading the vote November 21st.

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Make sure to tune in to watch the Pro Bowl on January 27th and cheer on Myles Garrett, Denzel Ward, and hopefully other Browns favorites. If you’re in Orlando during this time and would like to go to the game, or want to plan a trip down to watch the Pro Bowl, here is a link to more information about the game and the activities that lead up to it.