Countdown to The Draft
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By Tony Grossi
Extra Points …
And the winners are: Josh Cribbs secured first place for the AFC special teams spot in Pro Bowl voting among fans – and nearly pulled off a double play by winning at return specialist, too.
Phil Dawson staged a furious rally to place a close second to Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski among kickers.
D’Qwell Jackson maintained second behind New England’s Jerod Mayo among inside linebackers.
But if you consider all votes cast, the most popular Browns player is rookie Trent Richardson, who placed fifth among running backs but garnered 240,033 votes – most of all Browns.
Here are the voting breakdowns obtained by ESPNCleveland:
Special teamers: 1. Cribbs: 127,848. 2. Bryan Braman, Texans: 63,731. 3. David Bruton, Broncos: 57,275. 4. Matt Slater, Patriots: 55,461. 5. Curtis Brown, Steelers: 50,551.
Return specialists: 1. Jacoby Jones, Ravens: 143,047. 2.Cribbs: 135,101. 3. Trindon Holliday, Broncos: 73,580. 4. Leodis McKelvin, Bills: 66,809. 5. Antonio Brown, Steelers: 52,421.
Kickers: 1. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders: 138,068. 2. Dawson: 120,620. 3. Justin Tucker, Ravens: 102,921. 4. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots: 93,318. 5. Matt Prater, Broncos: 64,290.
Inside linebackers: 1. Jerod Mayo, Patriots: 323,411. 2. Jackson: 150,442. 3. Keith Brooking, Broncos: 107,052. 4. Brandon Spikes, Patriots: 101,856. 5. Larry Foote, Steelers: 95,833.
Offensive tackles: 1. Michael Oher, Ravens: 227,240. 2. Ryan Clady, Broncos: 211,698. 3. Duane Brown, Texans: 193,641. 4. Thomas: 175,915. 5. Nate Solder, Patriots: 138,932.
Running backs: 1. Arian Foster, Texans: 829,591. 2. Ray Rice, Ravens: 564,751. 3. Stevan Ridley, Patriots: 260,280. 4. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs: 253,806. 5. Richardson: 240,033.
Now what: The final results of the fan vote counts one-third toward the overall selection to the Pro Bowl rosters. Coaches and players vote today and tomorrow. The rosters are officially announced on Wednesday evening on NFL Network.
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