NFL Pro Bowl Fantasy Draft 2014: Date, Time, TV Info, Captains and More

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NFL Pro Bowl Fantasy Draft 2014: Date, Time, TV Info, Captains and More
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The stage has been set for the first-ever NFL Pro Bowl fantasy draft now that the men named to the 2014 Pro Bowl have been revealed.

NFL legends Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as alumni team captains and make the final decisions on the rosters, although they will have help from current-player captains and an NFL.com fantasy champion.

The two-day affair, capped off by a live, three-hour broadcast on the NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 is sure to reinvigorate what has become a stagnant part of the NFL season as of late.

 

When: Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Kapolei, Hawaii

Television: NFL Network

 

Note: All draft info and official rosters courtesy of NFL.com.

 

The Draft-Eligible Players

Pro Bowl Roster - 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

 

Pro Bowl Roster - 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

 

Pro Bowl Roster - 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

 

The Process 

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The NFL has stretched the draft process out as long as possible in order to help recreate the excitement of the rookie draft.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 sees 11 players drafted to each team—but only the "non-sexy" positions are invited—guards, centers, fullbacks, interior defensive linemen, punters and members of the special teams.

The exciting positions are left for the big actual broadcast, where Tuesday's drafted players will walk a red carpet before the rest of the teams are selected by captains, headed by Rice and Sanders.

 

Captains

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The aptly named Team Rice and Team Sanders will be led by legends of the same names, who have the final say in all decisions. 

But they are not alone. Four active-player captains will also partake in the activities. The two top vote-getters on offense and defense will get the nod, provided their teams do not participate in the Conference Championships. 

Two fantasy champions will also be selected and get to participate in the inaugural edition of the draft.

 

What to Expect

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Both teams are led by contrasting legends for good reason, and not just for their impressive trash talk as the NFL Network captured:

While the Pro Bowl has been known for its restrictive rules toward the defense for safety purposes, Sanders should have no issue crafting a squad that can overcome the rules and keep this one close.

Sanders surely has an eye for defensive backs, a position that will ultimately decide the game. The legend has plenty of options to choose from, including Arizona Cardinals star Patrick Peterson, who wants Sanders to know he should be the No. 1 pick thanks to his versatility:

Team Sanders will need the Darrelle Revis' and Brent Grimes' of the world to deal with a star-studded receiver lineup sure to mostly end up on Rice's side:

The passing attack is the name of the game in the Pro Bowl. So any time an A.J. Green can combine with a Calvin Johnson, not to mention a dash of Josh Gordon on the side, the scoreboard is sure to light up.

But do not forget tight ends, either. Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints leads the way and will surely be on Rice's radar:

With players who intricately know opposite sides of the football, a strength vs. strength matchup appears to be in the cards for the first iteration of the draft format in the Pro Bowl.

Fans should expect nothing less than an entertaining bout, although the fresh buildup may outshine the event itself.

 

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