Two seasons ago the Raiders had seven Pro Bowlers. Last year they had four. This season, they may have none. Pro Bowl voting opened on November 13. A week later, some vote totals have come out. Or at least the top ten vote getters at each position. Among them there is just one player listed. And it may or may not be the person you think it is or should be.
Last year’s Pro Bowlers were Rodney Hudson, Khalil Mack, Kelechi Osemele, and Donald Penn with Derek Carr making it as an alternate. The five alternates who didn’t get the call were NaVorro Bowman, Gabe Jackson, Marquette King, Marshawn Lynch, and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Mack is the top vote getter at his position once again, but it’s as a member of the Bears. Patterson is the 6th highest vote getter as a return specialist, but as a Patriot. Bowman and King are currently unemployed. Penn and Marshawn are currently in injured reserve.
That leaves Derek Carr and the interior trio of Osemele, Hudson, and Jackson as only 2017 Pro Bowlers still here. None of them are in the top ten in the voting at their position.
It’s Jared Cook.
Cook is 9th in fan voting among tight ends. He leads the Raiders in receiving and his 577 yards receiving is fourth among NFL tight ends and second in the AFC behind only Travis Kelce. So, yeah, he’s deserving of being among the top vote getters. If he keeps up this pace, he will be deserving of a Pro Bowl spot.
Still, how the Hell is Rodney Hudson not among the top ten vote getters at the center position? That’s a grave injustice.
If you would like to have your say in this, head over and cast your vote for the Pro Bowl.