Five 49ers are ranked in the top five at their positions via Pro Bowl fan voting, which concluded on Thursday.
Both FB Kyle Juszczyk and ST Mark Nzeocha have received more votes than an other NFC player at their positions. A Pro Bowl selection for Juszczyk would be his third in a row and the third of his career. Juszczyk is currently ranked as the top fullback in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus (among five qualifying players). His 306 receiving yards on the season rank 9th in the NFC among running backs and fullbacks in the NFL.
A selection for Nzeocha would be the first of his four-year career. Nzeocha plays linebacker for the 49ers in addition to his special team’s duties.
Coming off a star-making performance on Sunday, George Kittle is looking for his first trip to the Pro Bowl in just his second year in the NFL. Kittle was four yards shy of the all-time single game yardage record for a tight end, when he gained 210 yards vs. the Broncos. The huge day put Kittle over 1,000 yards for the season, something that had never been previously accomplished by a 49ers tight end. His 1,103 receiving yards on the season rank 2nd in the NFL among tight ends and 10th among all players.
Kittle is ranked as the third best tight end in the NFL, and the No. 1 TE in the NFC, according to PFF.
Buckner is also looking to punch his ticket to Orlando for the first time. Buckner’s nine sacks lead the 49ers, and rank second amongst NFL interior lineman, behind only Defensive Player of the Year candidate Aaron Donald (16.5). Buckner would be the first 49ers first-round pick to make the Pro Bowl since Eric Reid in 2013.
A trip to the Pro Bowl for Gould would be the second of his 14-year career, and first as a member of the 49ers. Gould has connected on 25-of-26 field goal attempts on the season. His 96.2 made FG percentage is tied for 2nd in the NFL.
Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl.
Last year, Juszcyzk and offensive tackle Joe Staley were the 49ers’ only two Pro Bowl selections.