Pro Bowl Confidential: 35 NFL stars pick MVP, most underrated, Taylor Swift songs

Greg Auman

NFC South Reporter

ORLANDO – The Pro Bowl is back in Florida, and so too is our Pro Bowl Confidential — a fourth edition of the anonymous player survey which got its humble start when the game was last here in 2020.

We have some evergreen questions worth asking every year — who’s your MVP? Most underrated players in the league? Favorite and least favorite NFL cities to travel to? — and we try to mix in something topical. This year, that’s asking about the league’s best throwback uniforms, players’ dream Super Bowl halftime performer and yes, a requisite Taylor Swift query.

The goal was coming up with a survey quick enough to knock out in two minutes, with a tiny window of media access for two days of “practice” at Camping World Stadium leading up to Sunday’s flag-football games. This year, we were able to talk to 35 total players, our highest total yet — most at practice, but some on the phone, some through social media and other surreptitious maneuvering.

Here’s last year’s Confidential, and the first two were from my days at The Athletic, in 2020 and 2022. Without further ado, here are this year’s questions and answers.

MVP: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (in a landslide)

This is the third year we’ve asked players for their MVP picks, and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had the most dominant showing of any player in those three seasons. After leading Baltimore to the AFC Championship Game, he was the choice for 21 of the 35 players, often framed as “it’s got to be Lamar” or “easy one: Lamar.”

The only other players to land multiple votes were 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (4), Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (3) and 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (2), with five others getting single votes: Bills quarterback Josh Allen, Browns pass-rusher Myles Garrett, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud.

The tally: 

Lamar Jackson, Ravens:…


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