The first round of Pro Bowl voting results is in, and believe it or not, there is a Detroit Lions player that leads the NFC in voting at his position.
No, it’s not punter Jack Fox (fix that, by the way).
It’s tight end T.J. Hockenson. Per an NFL memo sent to media members, Hockenson currently leads all NFC tight ends with 54,312 votes from fans. Hockenson is only in his second year in the NFL, but did not make the Pro Bowl last season.
Through 10 games, Hockenson has 40 catches (fourth among TEs) for 441 yards (fifth) and five touchdowns (t-fifth).
Though it may be surprising that Hockenson is first in voting, looking around the league, the AFC is particularly stacked at tight end: Darren Waller (Raiders), Travis Kelce (Chiefs), Mark Andrews (Ravens), and Hunter Henry (Chargers). Fellow former Iowa tight end George Kittle is likely Hockenson’s main competition in the NFC, but the 49ers tight end has been on injured reserve since the beginning of the month.
Voting continues through December 17. If you want to vote, head here.