NFL Pro Bowl 2014: Twitter Reacts to Available Players for 1st-Ever Draft

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NFL Pro Bowl 2014: Twitter Reacts to Available Players for 1st-Ever Draft
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The roster is set for the Pro Bowl's first-ever draft, as the NFL has announced which players will be making the trip to Hawaii.

After watching fan interest in the event wane over recent years, the NFL decided to take a page from the NHL's book, via NFL.com:

Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that has existed since 1971. Instead, players will be selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. For example, the top six quarterbacks following voting will earn distinction as All-Stars, regardless of how many are from AFC or NFC teams.

The players are all thrown into one group, with two fantasy football champions eventually drafting the players for each team. Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice serve as the alumni team captains.

Considering nobody cares too much about the outcome of the Pro Bowl, it's a novel concept that brings something different to what had become a stale All-Star game.

Here's a look at the full roster for the Pro Bowl.

NFL Pro Bowl—Offense
Pos. Player Team
QB Tom Brady New England Patriots
QB Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
QB Peyton Manning Denver Broncos
QB Cam Newton Carolina Panthers
QB Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers
QB Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
WR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
WR Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys
WR Josh Gordon Cleveland Browns
WR A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals
WR Andre Johnson Houston Texans
WR Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions
WR Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears
WR Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos
OT Branden Albert Kansas City Chiefs
OT Jason Peters Philadelphia Eagles
OT Tyron Smith Dallas Cowboys
OT Joe Staley San Francisco 49ers
OT Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns
OT Trent Williams Washington Redskins
OG Jahri Evans New Orleans Saints
OG Ben Grubbs New Orleans Saints
OG Mike Iupati San Francisco 49ers
OG Logan Mankins New England Patriots
OG Louis Vasquez Denver Broncos
OG Marshal Yanda Baltimore Ravens
C Ryan Kalil Carolina Panthers
C Alex Mack Cleveland Browns
C Mike Pouncey Miami Dolphins
C Max Unger Seattle Seahawks
TE Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns
TE Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers
TE Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints
TE Julius Thomas Denver Broncos
RB Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs
RB Matt Forte Chicago Bears
RB Frank Gore San Francisco 49ers
RB Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks
RB LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles
RB Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings
FB Marcel Reece Oakland Raiders
FB Mike Tolbert Carolina Panthers

NFL.com

NFL Pro Bowl—Defense
Pos. Player Team
DE Greg Hardy Carolina Panthers
DE Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints
DE Robert Quinn St. Louis Rams
DE Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins
DE J.J. Watt Houston Texans
DE Mario Williams Buffalo Bills
DT Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Haloti Ngata Baltimore Ravens
DT Dontari Poe Kansas City Chiefs
DT Justin Smith San Francisco 49ers
DT Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions
DT Kyle Williams Buffalo Bills
OLB John Abraham Arizona Cardinals
OLB Ahmad Brooks San Francisco 49ers
OLB Tamba Hali Kansas City Chiefs
OLB Justin Houston Kansas City Chiefs
OLB Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts
OLB Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens
MLB NaVorro Bowman San Francisco 49ers
MLB Vontaze Burfict Cincinnati Bengals
MLB Luke Kuechly Carolina Panthers
MLB Patrick Willis San Francisco 49ers
CB Brandon Flowers Kansas City Chiefs
CB Brent Grimes Miami Dolphins
CB Joe Haden Cleveland Browns
CB Patrick Peterson Arizona Cardinals
CB Darrelle Revis Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks
CB Aqib Talib New England Patriots
CB Alterraun Verner Tennessee Titans
FS Jairus Byrd Buffalo Bills
FS Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks
FS Eric Weddle San Diego Chargers
SS Eric Berry Kansas City Chiefs
SS Kam Chancellor Seattle Seahawks
SS Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL.com

NFL Pro Bowl—Special Teams
Pos. Player Team
P Brandon Fields Miami Dolphins
P Johnny Hekker St. Louis Rams
K Matt Prater Denver Broncos
K Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens
PR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
PR Dexter McCluster Kansas City Chiefs
ST Justin Bethel Arizona Cardinals
ST Matthew Slater New England Patriots

NFL.com

As you'd expect, Twitter was ablaze with discussion about the announcement of players added to the draft pool.

 

Twitter Reaction

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have the most Pro Bowlers with eight apiece, per NFL on ESPN.

Speaking of the 49ers, Patrick Willis isn't looking forward to the possibility of tackling his teammate, Frank Gore, per Taylor Price of 49ers.com.

Josh Gordon, Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Jordan Cameron and Joe Haden will represent the Cleveland Browns at the Pro Bowl. ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi found it ironic that the Browns have more Pro Bowlers than wins.

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com noted North Carolina State has a lock on the quarterback position.

Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh were among the players who collected massive bonuses for being named to the Pro Bowl.

As Bleacher Report's Matt Miller said, it's been quite a journey for Vontaze Burfict, who was named to his first Pro Bowl.

It's not even fair for the New York Jets anymore. As ESPN's Mike Greenberg pointed out, fans have to sit back and watch as Darrelle Revis makes the trip to the Pro Bowl.

One of the bigger snubs was Nick Foles. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has been phenomenal this year, yet he's on the outside looking in. Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski compared Foles' numbers to those of Tom Brady, and the results aren't what you'd expect.

Miller felt Alshon Jeffery deserved a place in the Pro Bowl.

Grantland's Bill Barnwell listed a few of his most glaring omissions.

Gerald McCoy would like to see his teammate Lavonte David in the Pro Bowl, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.

In order to see where the players get drafted, you'll have to tune into NFL Network on Jan. 22.

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