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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Taking stock: NFC West Pro Bowl balloting

By Mike Sando

Running backs Frank Gore and Steven Jackson are among 14 NFC West players ranked among the top five at their positions in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl.

As usual, it appears as though a few fans have not spent the season carefully studying players throughout the league.

San Francisco 49ers rookie Taylor Mays might develop into an elite player. For now, he's having trouble beating out Reggie Smith. No matter. Mays, with six starts in 10 games, ranks fifth among strong safeties in fan balloting.

Arizona Cardinals veteran Adrian Wilson ranks second. That would normally be about right, but the Cardinals are struggling on defense and Wilson hasn't performed well consistently.

A few other notes on fan balloting, which continues through Dec. 20 (with players and coaches voting Dec. 22-23 and the NFL announcing rosters Dec. 28):
Sometimes it's tough to know how well some players are performing. The Seahawks' Washington should get strong consideration as a return specialist. Earning a Pro Bowl spot would carry extra value for him after recovering from a career-threatening leg injury.