Wednesday is when the magic happens.
On the second day of the Pro Bowl draft, a three-hour televised special will detail the picks that will win this game.
Whether it's passing the ball or stopping it, the road to victory at the Pro Bowl involves a trip to the airport.
Before we get to the picks, a few notes...
For the sake of this exercise, I attempted to approach this game with the understanding that the Pro Bowl isn't a "regular" football game. Some positions increased in value as a result, while others fell.
It's a good day to be a quarterback. Not so much a pass-rushing outside linebacker in a game where blitzes aren't allowed.
Also, the nuances of the rules can impact draft strategy. If you have only one remaining slot at a position, your next choice there will automatically reward the remaining players at that position to the other team.
An example: When Team Rice selected Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson with the 26th pick, that filled their wideout corps. Team Sanders then automatically received Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, while also picking next.
When Sanders and Rice do this for real, they may be less wary of those occurrences, but I was leery of affording too many "freebies."
(Pick number in parentheses.)
Previously Assigned Players
Team Sanders: Jamaal Charles (RB, Kansas City Chiefs), J.J. Watt (DE, Houston Texans), J.J. Jansen (LS, Carolina Panthers)
Team Rice: Drew Brees (QB, New Orleans Saints), Robert Quinn (DE, St. Louis Rams), Matt Overton (LS, Indianapolis Colts)
Team Sanders (1): Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Team Rice (2): Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints
Team Sanders (3): Darrelle Revis, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Team Rice (4): A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Team Sanders (5): Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals
Team Rice (6): Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
Team Sanders (7): Luke Kuechly, ILB, Carolina Panthers
Team Rice (8): Derrick Johnson, ILB, Kansas City Chiefs
Team Sanders (9): Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Team Rice (10): LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Team Sanders (11): Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Team Rice (12): Joe Thomas, OT, Cleveland Browns
Team Sanders (13): Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans Saints
Team Rice (14): Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland Browns
Team Sanders (15): Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Team Rice (16): Robert Mathis, OLB, Indianapolis Colts
Team Sanders (17): Jordan Gross, OT, Carolina Panthers
Team Rice (18): Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs
Team Sanders (19): Justin Houston, OLB, Kansas City Chiefs
Team Rice (20): Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Team Sanders (21): Brandon Flowers, CB, Kansas City Chiefs
Team Rice (22): Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
Team Sanders (23): Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Team Rice (24): Jairus Byrd, S, Buffalo Bills
Team Sanders (25): DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Team Rice (26): DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Fills WR slots)
Note: Per Pro Bowl Rules, Brandon Marshall (WR, Chicago Bears) and Alshon Jeffery (WR, Chicago Bears) are assigned to Team Sanders.
Team Sanders (27): Duane Brown, OT, Houston Texans
Team Rice (28): Tim Jennings, CB, Chicago Bears
Team Sanders (29): Antrel Rolle, S, New York Giants
Team Rice (30): Trent Williams, OT, Washington Redskins
Team Sanders (31): Cordarrelle Patterson, KR, Minnesota Vikings (Fills KR slot)
Team Rice (32): Greg Hardy, DE, Carolina Panthers
Note: Per Pro Bowl rules, Dexter McCluster (KR, Kansas City Chiefs) assigned to Team Rice.
Team Sanders (33): Brian Orakpo, OLB, Washington Redskins
Team Rice (34): Tamba Hali, OLB, Kansas City Chiefs
Team Sanders (35): Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers
Team Rice (36): Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
Team Sanders (37): Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns (Fills TE slots)
Team Rice (38): Alterraun Verner, CB, Tennessee Titans
Note: Per Pro Bowl rules, Jason Witten (TE, Dallas Cowboys) assigned to Team Rice.
Team Sanders (39): Brent Grimes, CB. Miami Dolphins (Fills CB slots)
Team Rice (40): Branden Albert, OT, Kansas City Chiefs (Fills OT slots)
Note: Per Pro Bowl rules, Antonio Cromartie (CB, New York Jets) assigned to Team Rice. Tyron Smith (OT, Dallas Cowboys) assigned to Team Sanders.
Team Sanders (41): Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers (Fills RB slots)
Team Rice (42): Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Cincinnati Bengals (Fills ILB slots)
Note: Per Pro Bowl rules, Alfred Morris (RB, Washington Redskins) assigned to Team Rice. Paul Posluszny (ILB, Jacksonville Jaguars) assigned to Team Sanders.
Team Sanders (43): Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens (Fills K slot)
Team Rice (44): Mario Williams, DE, Buffalo Bills (Fills DE slots)
Note: Per Pro Bowl rules, Stephen Gostkowski (K, New England Patriots) assigned to Team Rice. Cameron Wake (DE, Miami Dolphins) assigned to Team Sanders.
Team Sanders (45): John Abraham, OLB, Arizona Cardinals (Fills OLB slots)
Team Rice (46) Eric Reid, S, San Francisco 49ers (Fills S slots)
Note: Per Pro Bowl rules, Terrell Suggs (OLB, Baltimore Ravens) assigned to Team Rice. T.J. Ward (S, Cleveland Browns) assigned to Team Sanders.
Team Sanders (47): Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (Fills QB slots)
Note: Per Pro Bowl rules, Alex Smith (QB, Kansas City Chiefs) assigned to Team Rice.
With Team Rice already having a quarterback, there was really no need for Team Sanders to take one so early. However, there also isn't a player in the pool more tailor-made to run the "Prime Time" offense than Cam Newton of the Panthers.
From there, it was defense. Sanders, as a former cornerback, will likely prioritize the secondary. That's reflected in the back-to-back picks of Darrelle Revis and Patrick Peterson. In fact, in Watt, Revis and Kuechly, Sanders may have the best individual player at each level of the defense in this year's game.
It's also not as if the offense suffered unnecessarily. The Team Sanders stable of young guns under center has plenty of options in the passing game, and DeMarco Murray joins Charles as a second tailback more than capable of hurting teams through the air.
Meanwhile, it should come as little surprise that the NFL's greatest receiver might favor the passing game, and that's the direction Team Rice took in this draft.
Whether it was Brees' teammate Jimmy Graham with their first pick, wideouts A.J. Green and Josh Gordon with the next two selections or DeSean Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald and Jason Witten later on, there are no shortage of targets for Team Rice's quarterbacks.
About those quarterbacks: They may be a bit long in the tooth, but the duo of Brees and Philip Rivers have combined to win a few shootouts in their day.
Granted, on paper at least, Team Rice doesn't appear as stout defensively. However, it's worth pointing out that safeties Jairus Byrd and Eric Berry are among the very best in the NFL at their position in coverage.
Team Rice also has a nice combination of youth and experience in the pass-rush, especially since both Robert Mathis and Terrell Suggs have experience playing with their hand down.
Team Rice also elected not to use their trade option, standing pat.