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NFL Pro Bowl: Who made it from the West Coast?

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The NFL announced the rosters for the 2017 Pro Bowl earlier this week.

How did the franchises on the West Coast fair in Pro Bowl voting? Keep reading to find out.

Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders had seven players make the AFC Roster, which leads the league, according to The Mercury News.

Quarterback Derek Carr, receiver Amari Cooper, defensive end Khalil Mack, center Rodney Hudson, safety Reggie Nelson, guard Kelechi Osemele and tackle Donald Penn made the roster.

All of those players could make either their first or second appearance at the Pro Bowl.

Offensively, the team is resurging thanks to the offensive line. Osemele, Hudson and Penn all play critical roles on a Raiders offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL.

Added, Cooper is third in the AFC with 1,038 receiving yards. His quarterback, Carr, is on pace for his 4,000-yard passing season. Carr also has 25 touchdown passes to only six interceptions.

On defense, Mack is fifth in the NFL with 11 sacks. He also registered 65 tackles and five forced fumbles. 

Also on defense, Nelson is tied for fourth in the AFC with four interceptions.

Otherwise, the Raiders also had seven players named as alternates. Punter Marquette King, receiver Michael Crabtree, guard Gabe Jackson, kicker Sebastian Janikowski, running back Latavius Murray, fullback Jamize Olawale and returner Jalen Richard earned alternate honors.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks had four players earn Pro Bowl selections.

Cliff Avril was named to his first Pro Bowl thanks to his 11.5 sacks this season. Linebacker Bobby Wagner, defensive end Michael Bennett and corner Richard Sherman also made the roster.

Wagner leads the league in with 145 tackles. This is his third consecutive year making the roster.

Sherman has four interceptions and 11 passes defensed this season. The corner made his fourth Pro Bowl in six seasons.

Bennett makes his second consecutive roster, despite missing five games with a knee injury.

Added, the Seahawks had eight players named Pro Bowl alternates. Receiver Doug Baldwin, center Justin Britt, safety Kam Chancellor, tight end Jimmy Graham, kicker Steven Hauschka, returner Tyler Lockett, quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker K.J. Wright could make the roster if other players drop out, according to Seahawks.com.

L.A. Rams

Two stars from the Los Angeles Rams made the roster.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald made his third straight Pro Bowl. Donald registered seven sacks this season, despite seeing constant double teams.

Meanwhile, punter Johnny Hekker is one punt inside the 20-yard line away from setting the all-time NFL record this season, according to NBC Los Angeles.

Hekker leads the league in punt average, and he has credit for two 70-yard punts this season.

San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers corner Casey Hayward leads the league in interceptions (7) and passes defensed (26). This earned Hayward his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

Otherwise, Hayward was the only player to make the Pro Bowl. Quarterback Philip Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates, running back Melvin Gordon and defensive end Joey Bosa were selected as alternates, per ESPN.

San Francisco 49ers

This could become the first Pro Bowl game without a 49ers players since 2006, according to KNBR.com. No San Francisco made the initial roster.

Running back Carlos Hyde and left tackle Joe Staley were named second alternates.

Staley made the Pro Bowl roster last year. Meanwhile, Hyde registered 950 rushing yards and six touchdowns with two games remaining in the season.

Moving away from the coastal states, the Chiefs had four players make the roster. These include safety Eric Berry, corner Marcus Peters, tight end Travis Kelce, and returner Tyreek Hill.

The Denver Broncos also had three defenders make the Pro Bowl. Corners Aquib Talib and Chris Harris made the roster. Pass rusher Von Miller did too.

Also from the West, the Arizona Cardinals could be represented in the Pro Bowl by corner Patrick Peterson, running back David Johnson and receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be held on Sunday, January 29 in Orlando, Fla. This year the all-star game returns to a traditional format with AFC players playing another roster of NFC Players.

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Pete D. Camarillo only loves sports and writing. He tried combining those passions with his degree in Journalism at CSUN. He's had work published on Fansided, Endzone Score, Inquisitr, Elite Daily and several print publications. Pete also did community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.
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