The Pro Bowl team was announced Wednesday. The following is a look at one player from each AFC West team who could make their first Pro Bowl in the 2013 season:
Denver, receiver Demaryius Thomas: The third-year player should have made it this year. He has flourished with Peyton Manning. Thomas has 87 catches for 1,312 yards. He was a first alternate. Now that he is establishing himself as a consistent threat, expect Thomas to be on the radar more next year.
Kansas City, Justin Houston, linebacker: Houston, a second-year player, had a bigger impact than teammate Tamba Hali, who made the Pro Bowl. It took time for Hali to establish his name and it is taking Houston time. But he is an outstanding pass-rusher who can be great.
Oakland, Brandon Myers, tight end: Myers has broken out this season with 75 catches. Tight end was a worry area for Oakland going into the season. Not anymore. The only worry for Oakland is whether or not it can re-sign this free agent. He is a valuable player.
San Diego, Corey Liuget, defensive lineman: The 2011 first-round pick exploded this season. The game film shows that this is player who is often dominant. I see a great career ahead of him.