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

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2013

Oct 7, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) is congratulated by wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) after throwing a touchdown during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
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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.PlayerTeam
QBTom BradyNew England Patriots
QBDrew BreesNew Orleans Saints
QBPeyton ManningDenver Broncos
QBCam NewtonCarolina Panthers
QBPhilip RiversSan Diego Chargers
QBRussell WilsonSeattle Seahawks
WRAntonio BrownPittsburgh Steelers
WRDez BryantDallas Cowboys
WRJosh GordonCleveland Browns
WRA.J. GreenCincinnati Bengals
WRAndre JohnsonHouston Texans
WRCalvin JohnsonDetroit Lions
WRBrandon MarshallChicago Bears
WRDemaryius ThomasDenver Broncos
OTBranden AlbertKansas City Chiefs
OTJason PetersPhiladelphia Eagles
OTTyron SmithDallas Cowboys
OTJoe StaleySan Francisco 49ers
OTJoe ThomasCleveland Browns
OTTrent WilliamsWashington Redskins
OGJahri EvansNew Orleans Saints
OGBen GrubbsNew Orleans Saints
OGMike IupatiSan Francisco 49ers
OGLogan MankinsNew England Patriots
OGLouis VasquezDenver Broncos
OGMarshal YandaBaltimore Ravens
C Ryan KalilCarolina Panthers
CAlex MackCleveland Browns
C Mike PounceyMiami Dolphins
C Max UngerSeattle Seahawks
TE Jordan CameronCleveland Browns
TEVernon DavisSan Francisco 49ers
TEJimmy GrahamNew Orleans Saints
TEJulius ThomasDenver Broncos
RBJamaal CharlesKansas City Chiefs
RBMatt ForteChicago Bears
RBFrank GoreSan Francisco 49ers
RBMarshawn LynchSeattle Seahawks
RBLeSean McCoyPhiladelphia Eagles
RBAdrian PetersonMinnesota Vikings
FBMarcel ReeceOakland Raiders
FBMike TolbertCarolina Panthers
NFL.com
NFL Pro Bowl—Defense
Pos.PlayerTeam
DEGreg HardyCarolina Panthers
DECameron JordanNew Orleans Saints
DERobert QuinnSt. Louis Rams
DECameron WakeMiami Dolphins
DEJ.J. WattHouston Texans
DEMario WilliamsBuffalo Bills
DTGerald McCoyTampa Bay Buccaneers
DTHaloti NgataBaltimore Ravens
DTDontari PoeKansas City Chiefs
DTJustin SmithSan Francisco 49ers
DT Ndamukong SuhDetroit Lions
DT Kyle WilliamsBuffalo Bills
OLB John AbrahamArizona Cardinals
OLBAhmad BrooksSan Francisco 49ers
OLBTamba HaliKansas City Chiefs
OLBJustin HoustonKansas City Chiefs
OLBRobert MathisIndianapolis Colts
OLBTerrell SuggsBaltimore Ravens
MLBNaVorro BowmanSan Francisco 49ers
MLBVontaze BurfictCincinnati Bengals
MLBLuke KuechlyCarolina Panthers
MLBPatrick WillisSan Francisco 49ers
CBBrandon FlowersKansas City Chiefs
CBBrent GrimesMiami Dolphins
CBJoe HadenCleveland Browns
CBPatrick PetersonArizona Cardinals
CBDarrelle RevisTampa Bay Buccaneers
CBRichard ShermanSeattle Seahawks
CBAqib TalibNew England Patriots
CB Alterraun VernerTennessee Titans
FSJairus ByrdBuffalo Bills
FSEarl ThomasSeattle Seahawks
FSEric WeddleSan Diego Chargers
SSEric BerryKansas City Chiefs
SS Kam ChancellorSeattle Seahawks
SSTroy PolamaluPittsburgh Steelers
NFL.com
NFL Pro Bowl—Special Teams
Pos.PlayerTeam
PBrandon FieldsMiami Dolphins
PJohnny HekkerSt. Louis Rams
KMatt PraterDenver Broncos
KJustin TuckerBaltimore Ravens
PRAntonio BrownPittsburgh Steelers
PRDexter McClusterKansas City Chiefs
ST Justin BethelArizona Cardinals
ST Matthew SlaterNew 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.