Final selections for the 2013 Pro Bowl are still some weeks from being finished but safety Major Wright is among a handful of Bears who would be Pro Bowl starters if the game were being played right now.
But wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, with two 200-yard receiving games and tied for eighth with 70 receptions and fourth with 1,109 receiving yards, is not among the top 10 wideouts in current voting. Brandon Marshall, fourth in the NFL with 78 catches, is sixth, behind Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, Demaryius and Wes Welker.
Wright ranks third among strong safeties in fan voting through Wednesday, trailing only Seattle’s Kam Chancellor and Kansas City’s Eric Berry.
However, since Pro Bowl teams will be selected via a first-ever “draft” process – Team [Deion] Sanders vs. Team [Jerry] Rice – AFC and NFC affiliations will not come into play. Voting by fans, coaches and players each comprises one-third of the final balloting, which will produce a total of 86 Pro Bowl-eligible players from which to choose.
Rookie Kyle Long comes in at No. 10 among guards, making him something of a longshot behind leaders that include both guards from each of the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.
Running back Matt Forte stands No. 6 in a position group that will include eight ultimately. He trails Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and Reggie Bush.
Devin Hester ranks No. 1 by a wide margin as the punt returner and Eric Weems, voted to the 2010 Pro Bowl as an Atlanta Falcon, is third among special-teamers.