Today's featured pro bowl push will be for defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. Dockett became a true force last year, making his first ever pro bowl while recording 9 sacks. Although he's had a down year in the sack department, he still has a knack for disrupting plays and getting to the quarterback. It's hard to tell, but opposing teams have been double-teaming Dockett all year (He stated this earlier in the year). The double teams have been successful in limiting his sack production to 3 thus far, but his leadership and intensity to the defense are more important.
A defensive tackle is defined as merely a force in the middle of the Defensive line. They're there to disrupt plays, and allow the linebackers to get to the ball carrier. In fact, most people tend to think a defensive lineman's skill and talent is determined by the number of sacks they have. Pat Williams is regarded as one of the best defensive tackles in the league, but only has one sack all year (Dockett has 3). After all, sacks for a defensive tackle are only an added bonus. Dockett's play has resulted in pretty successful run-defense. The Cardinals are currently ranked 13th in the league at defending the run. The were ranked higher until they played the Eagle last Thursday. Darnell deserves some kind of consideration for the pro bowl and can possibly make it, with a little help from the fans.
2008 - Darnell Dockett