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NFL Pro Bowl Roster 2014: Captains and List of Available Players to Be Drafted
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The 2014 Pro Bowl rosters were announced on Friday during a special on the NFL Network. Since the usual AFC-versus-NFC format will no longer be used and a draft-style approach will now take its place, team captains were named.

The captains for this year's Pro Bowl teams are Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders. They will rotate picks during the draft that will take place on the NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Just four days later, the Pro Bowl will take place from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 26, airing live on NBC.

Both Rice and Sanders discussed their draft strategies on the NFL Network on Friday and gave some insight as to which players they want on their respective teams:

 

Available players who are eligible to be drafted for each Pro Bowl team are as follows:

 

Offense:

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

 

Defense:

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

 

Special Teams:

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

 

Rice and Sanders will each have an even number of players from each position at the end of the draft—that part obviously hasn't changed.

However, the new Pro Bowl draft format has brought about some different feelings from players around the league.

San Francisco 49ers senior reporter Taylor Price issued a tweet containing a comment from linebacker Patrick Willis regarding his distaste for the new style:

Other players, such as Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, are simply happy for their teammates who got the nod to play. Briggs tweeted:

There were also many Pro Bowl snubs—as there are every year—and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports made one simple point:

Certain draft strategies must be in place due to several new rules that will be enforced during this year's contest. For example, there will be no kickoffs, each quarter will yield a two-minute warning and a change of possession after, and the game clock can stop under two minutes after a play that does not gain yardage.

Interesting.

Official rule changes for the Pro Bowl can be found on NFL.com.

With many of these new rules favoring the offensive side of the ball, it can be easily assumed that the 2014 Pro Bowl will continue to yield plenty of points.

No matter the outcome, the players that made the Pro Bowl this year will be rewarded, according to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter:

For now, it's up to Sanders and Rice to draft the best possible teams. It will certainly be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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