With a smorgasbord of skill-position players to choose from, Deion Sanders dubbed Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck as the most valuable.
After Sanders and Jerry Rice filled their Pro Bowl rosters with interior linemen, fullbacks, special teams players and captains—Drew Brees and Robert Quinn for Rice; Jamaal Charles and J.J. Watt for Sanders—on Tuesday in Honolulu, the former superstar cornerback selected Luck to start Day 2 of the inaugural Pro Bowl draft.
After only two years, Luck is already one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league. But it's likely Sanders only drafted the Colts' gunslinger because he was so impressed with his ability to clearly match Prime Time's flash and sense of style, per Bleacher Report:
Andrew Luck stays safe from the Hawaiian sun at the Pro Bowl Draft. pic.twitter.com/I8mbiWOTPq— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 23, 2014
Sanders' adversary, already entrenched with a quarterback from Tuesday, decided to pair up Brees with his favorite target—tight end Jimmy Graham.
The two continued to stack up on quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, offensive tackles, defensive ends, linebackers, defensive backs, kickers and punt returners until rosters were full.
Before the draft ended though, fans were dealt one more surprise when Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo was traded to Team Sanders in exchange for Colts pass-rusher Robert Mathis.
Here's how the day shook out, while a complete look at Team Sanders and Team Rice can be found at NFL.com:
|Team Sanders||Position||Team Rice|
|Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts||QB||Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers|
|Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers||QB||Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs|
|Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles||QB|
|RB||LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles|
|Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers||RB||Matt Forte, Chicago Bears|
|Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins||RB||DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys|
|A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals||WR||Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears|
|Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys||WR||Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns|
|Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers||WR||Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears|
|DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles||WR||Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals|
|Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns||TE||Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints|
|Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys||TE||Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons|
|Branden Albert, Kansas City Chiefs||OT||Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns|
|Trent Williams, Washington Redskins||OT||Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys|
|Duane Brown, Houston Texans||OT||Jordan Gross, Carolina Panthers|
|Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills||DE||Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints|
|Greg Hardy, Carolina Panthers||DE||Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins|
|Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs||OLB||Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs|
|Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins (via trade)||OLB||John Abraham, Arizona Cardinals|
|Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens||OLB||Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts (via trade)|
|Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers||ILB||Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati Bengals|
|Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville Jaguars||ILB||Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs|
|Tim Jennings, Chicago Bears||CB||Alterraun Verner, Tennessee Titans|
|Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals||CB||Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns|
|Darrelle Revis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers||CB||Brandon Flowers, Kansas City Chiefs|
|Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins||CB||Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets|
|T.J. Ward, Cleveland Browns||S||Antrel Rolle, New York Giants|
|Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs||S||Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills|
|Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers||S||Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers|
|Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens||K||Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots|
|Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings||PR||Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs|
So, which Hall-of-Famer put together the better team?
I'm guessing Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who called Rice "the worst GM of all-time," would probably go with Sanders.
It's hard to argue the fact.
Under center, Deion can either go with the arm of Luck or the legs of Cam Newton. But considering they are going to have A.J. Green and Dez Bryant on the outside and Antonio Brown—who was second in the NFL in receptions with 110—in the slot, it won't matter much who's under center.
Throw in the electric Jamaal Charles out of the backfield, and you've got a dynamic offense.
Of course, the defense isn't so bad, either.
Either J.J. Watt, Ndamukong Suh or McCoy are going to have to be single-teamed (this is assuming players are going at full speed, which won't happen, mind you), and that's bad news for someone. But then Sanders also has Defensive Player of the Year candidate Luke Kuechly in the middle of his defense with Darrelle Revis and Patrick Peterson on the outside.
Don't overlook Team Rice, though.
With Jimmy Graham, Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall catching passes, all Brees has to do is throw it as high as he can and one of his guys will likely come down with it. Or he could just hand it off to LeSean McCoy and watch him zig-zag his way through the defense.
Speaking of Gordon, he was starting to get worried that history would repeat itself in the draft process:
Does this thing have a supplemental draft..??— Josh Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII) January 23, 2014
Defensively, Rice has the pass-rushers in Quinn, Cameron Jordan, Cameron Wake, Justin Houston and Mathis, along with the league's leading tackler in Vontaze Burfict.
Who built the better team?
The secondary, which features surprise Pro Bowl selection Antonio Cromartie, might leave a little bit to be desired, but let's not kid ourselves:
Defense doesn't matter in this game.
Team Sanders and Team Rice face off on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET.