1. Will the Baltimore Ravens see Justin Madubuike make his first Pro Bowl?
This is one that is the most surprising. In some ways, it should not be because Justin Madubuike has improved his play every year in his career. His pressures, sacks, and win rate have improved every year. With this being a contract year, and the Ravens electing not to sign him, it should not be a surprise that he is playing his best football. However, it is a bit of a surprise that he looks like one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL.
He is second in sacks behind Chris Jones amongst interior defensive linemen. His 4.5 sacks are just one behind Jones and one behind his career high. Madubuike currently ranks 12th in pass rush win rate and ranks 14th in pass rush productivity, per PFF. Oh, and he always has been one of the best run-defending interior linemen; that is the strength of his game.
So, we are talking about a well-rounded player. This will be the test about how much football people are watching. Justin Madubuike is not a household name and is not going to get voted in based on his past play. He needs to exceed the reputation of others in a game that has become a popularity contest.
On the field, he is one of the best interior lineman. Will he get the recognition? He should.