Bengals: 5 Potential First-Time Pro Bowlers

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Nov 30, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) gets pumped up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

3. Carlos Dunlap

Dunlap has been a force on the Bengals’ defensive line, racking up 211 tackles, 35.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, 18 pass defenses, 21 stuffs against the run, two blocked kicks and a pick-six in his five-year career. He’s recorded countless more hurries and quarterback hits; however, those figures aren’t easily accessible online. Dunlap’s stats speak for themselves; he is a great edge-rusher and run-stopper on the left side of Cincinnati’s line.

Despite Dunlap’s production, however, he’s still yet to make the Pro Bowl. At 26 years old, Dunlap is in his prime; his production could potentially skyrocket from what it’s already been in his career. With defensive coordinator Paul Guenther entering his second year and becoming more comfortable in his role, Dunlap could eclipse an even higher sack total if Guenther starts dialing up some blitzes.

Carlos Dunlap, unfortunately, will be competing for sacks with a healthier Geno Atkins in the Bengals’ upcoming season, so it may be difficult to put up insane numbers. If he can eclipse 10 sacks however, his place on a Pro Bowl could be all but guaranteed.