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Quite possibly the best idea for fixing the Pro Bowl comes courtesy of a thoughtful discussion with Bleacher Report's NFL associate editor Ian Kenyon.
With the NFL now playing its all-star game on the weekend before the Super Bowl, both the Pro Bowl and Senior Bowl fall on the same week. Instead of having two separate events—one in Hawaii, one in Mobile—why not combine the two?
The NFL could still name a Pro Bowl team, but that squad wouldn't be the team competing in this scenario. Instead, the NFL would pick its all-rookie team to face off against a roster of the best NFL draft entrants.
In combining the two, the NFL would get both a watchable event and a useful scouting tool for every single team.
Who wouldn't want to watch a quarterback like Geno Smith or Mike Glennon face a defense featuring Luke Kuechly, Bobby Wagner and Casey Hayward? Or Dee Milliner and Bjorn Werner attempting to stop an offense led by Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson?
NFL teams would eat up an opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow face off against proven talent. And fans would get a chance to see a showcase of the young, exciting players of the next generation.
The fine details would have to get worked out, but as a feasible fix, it's hard to come up with a better idea than this one.