IRVING, Texas – Fourteen members of the Cowboys are among the leading vote-getters for Pro Bowl consideration so far this season, according to NFL.com.
The league's website released the rankings this week – viewable here. The side effects of the Cowboys' 7-3 start are apparent, as they are tied with the Green Bay Packers for the most players among the top vote-getters.
Most noteworthy among those receiving votes are the Cowboys' starting offensive linemen – all five of whom are listed among the top 10 players at their positions. Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick are the current No. 1 nominees at offensive tackle, offensive guard and center, respectively. Doug Free is presently ranked fourth among tackles, while Ronald Leary is sixth among guards.
The guy they're blocking for, DeMarco Murray, isn't doing so shabby himself. Murray is the top running back receiving votes, and he ranks fifth in the entire NFL.
See where the Cowboys currently rank in the Pro Bowl voting.
Three other offensive starters are garnering consideration, as Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten all made the top 10 at their respective positions.
[embeddedad0]Defensively, Henry Melton, Rolando McClain and Barry Church are among the top 10 at defensive tackle, inside linebacker and free safety, respectively. Dan Bailey is currently No. 2 among kickers, trailing New England's Stephen Gotskowski. Jeff Heath is also among the top special teams players among voters.
Behind the Cowboys and Packers, fellow playoff contenders Denver and New England have 12 top candidates a piece. Pittsburgh also has 10 players among the top vote-getters.