NFC Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Tuesday, and there's a chance the Panthers do well. Of course, there's an equal or better chance that in 24 hours or so, we'll be talking about who got jobbed.
I think it's fairly safe that MLB Jon Beason goes, and if he doesn't there should be an investigation. He's quickly becoming the signature player here, and has that same hard-to-quantify quality of most great middle men. He simply makes the Panthers defense go.
I think LG Travelle Wharton ought to, but might not because he lacks name recognition. I'm not basing this on my own opinions, but scouts I talk to rave about the way he's played, adding power and athleticism to the Panthers inside running game. If RB DeAngelo Williams goes, it's because Wharton helped carry him there.
Granted, Williams probably should, but might be the most doubtful. He's behind Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner and Clinton Portis in yards (though he doubles Portis' seven TDs), and trails New York's Brandon Jacobs in Q rating.
Likewise, I think Steve Smith ought to, but might run into enough traffic (T.O, Fitzgerald, Boldin, Jennings, Roddy White) that he's not a lock. Somebody from the group including Jared Allen, Justin Tuck and John Abraham's going to have to stay home so DE Julius Peppers gets to go.
K John Kasay should, with his one miss all year, but he suffers in balloting because the Panthers don't score much.
Others are close, but doubtful. CB Chris Gamble would but he can't catch. He can afford to go on his own dime, I think. P Jason Baker's got decent numbers, but those three blocks that aren't his fault will stick in memories and cost him. FB Brad Hoover's got a case, but fullbacks go to Hawaii for lifetime achievement, meaning he's a year from being seriously considered by many. Somehow, people got it in their heads that LT Jordan Gross doesn't deserve it, though I think he should have been already.
If you made me put a number on it now, I'd say they get four. I figure Beason, Smith, Peppers and Kasay go. But again, it's going to be a crime if Wharton doesn't, and if Williams is as unconcerned with individual recognition as he says he is, his snub won't bother him much.