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Pro Bowl snub: Matt Paradis bounced by name recognition bias

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Don’t take my word for it. This comes directly from Pro Football Focus.

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NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The lone bright spot on the Denver Broncos offensive line has been Matt Paradis. All to often, a running back would end up at the bottom of a pile of Broncos linemen and the opposing defenders at or behind the line of scrimmage while Paradis would be standing four yards down field still engaged on his blocking assignment.

Week after week, he has been at or near the top of Pro Football Focus’ grading for the Broncos offensive performances. After fourteen weeks of doing his job, he is rated the 3rd best center in the entire NFL according to PFF.

He was also one of just six players that PFF felt were the biggest Pro Bowl snubs of the year.

Snub: Matt Paradis, C, Broncos

Should replace: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Steelers

This is no knock on Pouncey—he’s one of the better centers in the NFL—but to overlook what Paradis has done this season is pure name-recognition bias. The former sixth-round pick is barely on the national radar even after playing extremely well for the Broncos down the stretch last year in the playoffs, and continuing that into this season. He’s arguably been the best stretch-zone center in the NFL, but often gets overlooked because the rest of the Denver line does him no favors. Paradis is currently the third-highest graded-center in the NFL.

When the 2017 Broncos Pro Bowl roster was announced on Tuesday, Paradis was one of two players I felt received the snub. The other was Darian Stewart. With Paradis being an alternate, there is a good chance he could end up in the 2017 Pro Bowl anyway.

He’s still a snub, though.