Jaguars players receiving a lot of deserved love during Pro Bowl voting

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Let's get this out of the way early: the Pro Bowl is a popularity contest. Much like voting for prom king and queen, fans pick those who are most prominent in the social sphere. 

For the first time in a long time, the Jaguars are front and center in their teal tuxes handing out corsages and providing notable sack dances.

The Jaguars have eight players ranked in the top 10 at their positions in the Pro Bowl voting through two weeks. For a small-market team without a primetime game, that's a pretty noteworthy mark.

It's also a change of pace, as notable Jaguars players have been passed over time and time again for the Pro Bowl. In years past, when players like wide receiver Allen Robinson (2015) and linebacker Paul Posluszny (2013) went to the all-star game, they went alone.

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That won't be the case this year, as the Jaguars are riding a wave of success in hopes of making a postseason run. Several of the team's individual players are benefiting from the franchise's seemingly out-of-nowhere turnaround.

Cornerback A.J. Bouye leads the voting at his position through two weeks. The defensive back signed with the Jaguars in March and has done nothing but deliver on the promise of his mega-deal. Through 11 games, Bouye has collected 36 tackles, 13 pass breakups and four interceptions.

Bouye's tag team partner in the defensive backfield, Jalen Ramsey, ranks second at the cornerback position. Ramsey, last year's fifth overall pick, has been among the best cornerbacks in the league over the last two seasons.

This year, Ramsey has shut down the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, A.J. Green and DeAndre Hopkins. He has also produced 42 tackles, 14 pass breakups and two interceptions.

Like Bouye, defensive end Calais Campbell signed with the Jaguars this offseason. Like Bouye, Campbell signed a mega-deal and has been proving he was worth the money since training camp.

The massive lineman is the second-ranked defensive end in Pro Bowl voting and for good reason. In 11 games, Campbell has produced 42 tackles, 11.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. His sack total is tied for third in the league.

The Jaguars' defense is getting noticed all around as defensive tackle Malik Jackson ranks fourth in voting at his position. Outside linebackers Telvin Smith and Myles Jack rank sixth and ninth at their position.

Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is the lone snub in the voting, as he ranks outside of the top 10 in voting through two weeks. Ngakoue has produced a league-leading six forced fumbles. He is also tied for sixth in the NFL with 10 sacks.

On offense, the group is less inclined to have national support. However, rookie running back Leonard Fournette is still slotted in fourth place in Pro Bowl voting at his position.

While he has hit a bit of a rookie slump, missing games and producing inconsistent yardage, Fournette has produced 765 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns through nine games.

Fournette's success has also opened up an opportunity for one of his teammates.

Fullback Tommy Bohonan, who was out of the league last year, ranks second in Pro Bowl voting at his position. If Bohanon makes the Pro Bowl, the Jaguars could seemingly be featured in a Disney movie down the road.

The Jaguars' newfound popularity will continue to grow if the team furthers its winning ways. With an ideal schedule and a share of the AFC South lead, all eyes will be on Jacksonville to see if the group can finish what it started during a blowout win over the Houston Texans in Week 1.

If the turnovers, sacks and big runs continue, the Jaguars will have no issue making the playoffs and sending several of their players to the Pro Bowl.

However, the Jaguars would probably prefer those standouts cancel their plans for the all-star dance in order to take part in a bigger party: Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

Pro Bowl voting ends December 14. To vote, click here

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