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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
NFC South lagging in early Pro Bowl voting

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Have to say I'm more than a little shocked by the early results of Pro Bowl voting. There are three weeks left and a lot can change, but the NFC South isn't faring very well in the fan voting, which counts for one-third of the vote. Coaches and players make up the rest of the vote.

As of the moment, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is the only NFC South player leading at his position. In fact, Brees is one of only nine NFC South players who ranked in the top five at their positions.

Atlanta defensive end John Abraham and kicker Jason Elam and New Orleans return man Reggie Bush each rank third at their positions. Atlanta running back Michael Turner, New Orleans fullback Mike Karney and tight end Jeremy Shockey and Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers each rank fourth at their positions and Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber ranks fifth.

Off the top of my head, I'd say Carolina linebacker Jon Beason, safety Chris Harris, kicker John Kasay and receiver Steve Smith, Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Bryant, kicker Matt Bryant and linebacker Barrett Ruud and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Roddy White all are having seasons that should put them in the top five.

If you agree, you might want to hop over to NFL.com or out to the stadiums and vote. Looks like that's all the NFC East fans have been doing the last few weeks.