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2011 NFL Pro Bowl Voting: AFC West Teams Sparsely Seen In Fan Ballots

The NFL released another update on the fans' vote for the 2011 Pro Bowl. When voting ended on Monday, Dec. 20, the New England Patriots' Tom Brady led all players with 1,877,079 votes, about 355,000 votes more than the Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick.

And it should be no surprise again that there are no Broncos mentioned in the latest results. Fans just aren't voting for players on a 3-11 team. And just based on straight fan voting, the AFC West would have just two starters on the team: San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates and Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Philip Rivers will make the team as a backup to Tom Brady, but Rivers is the fourth-leading vote-getter, appearing on 1,039,618 ballots.

The NFL also released the top-five rookie vote-getters, and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamokung Suh, the No. 2 overall pick, leads with 405,597 votes. He will likely be the starter at defensive tackle for the NFC team. Suh has eight sacks this season. The Broncos would be wise to draft a defensive lineman with their No. 2 overall pick (as it stands now) and get that kind of production out of their pick.

Number one overall pick Sam Bradford came in second in rookie voting and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey finished right behind him. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, brother of Broncos tight end Dan Gronkowski, has the fourth-most votes (205,948) by an NFL rookie. Lions running back Jahvid Best rounded out the top five with 168,707 votes.