Packers: Four biggest Pro Bowl snubs in 2019 season

Green Bay Packers, Za'Darius Smith (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Preston Smith
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Preston Smith

Three outside linebackers were selected to the NFC team, but somehow, the Smith Brothers missed out.

Preston Smith has been worth every bit of the big contract he signed with the Packers back in the spring. He ranks sixth in the NFL with 11.5 sacks in 14 games, and he’s ninth in the league with 22 quarterback hits. Smith has also made 52 tackles, forced a fumble, made an interception and has three pass defenses. He’s done it all in Mike Pettine’s defense.

According to ESPN, Smith has a pass rush win rate percentage of 24 percent, which ranks ninth in the NFL among defensive ends and outside linebackers. As a team, the Packers rank 10th in pass rush win rate. The Smith Brothers have been Green Bay’s two best pass rushers by a mile.

Khalil Mack is an All-Pro talent, but he’s not had his best season with the Chicago Bears. But Mack made the Pro Bowl ahead of both Preston and Za’Darius Smith. We’ll talk more about Za’Darius Smith in a moment, but here’s a comparison of their seasons:

Make no mistake, Mack is still one of the best edge rushers in football. But based on this season alone, he shouldn’t be a Pro Bowler ahead of the Smiths.

Preston Smith wasn’t even selected to be a first-alternate.