Sometimes, even bad football teams can sneak several players on to the Pro Bowl through fan voting. The case is different for the Cleveland Browns, who at 0-12 and a talent deficit have probably made fans care even less about they Pro Bowl than they usually would.
We have the data on the Top 5 vote-getters per position in the initial Pro Bowl results. The only representative for the Browns is LT Joe Thomas, who is fourth in voting at the offensive tackle position.
Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys - 252,590 votes
Doug Free, Dallas Cowboys - 183,210 votes
Donald Penn, Oakland Raiders - 118,863 votes
Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns - 117,594 votes
Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati Bengals - 93,938 votes
The Cowboys’ tackles are far-and-away the leaders in the NFC and the NFL. Penn is barely ahead of Thomas as the top vote-getter in the AFC, which I think speaks to Thomas’ legacy, given the fact that Oakland is a No. 1 seed and the Browns are winless. The cushion between Thomas and Whitworth is substantial enough to where I think Thomas should get into the Pro Bowl this year when you factor in the other voting methods.
The only other players who might be worthy of a spot on the Browns would be WR Terrelle Pryor and NT Danny Shelton. It would not surprise me to see Pryor eventually get in to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement, as we so often see. Shelton’s work as a nose tackle will never make a lot of noise among voters; that’s just the nature of the position he is at.