Pro Bowl 2014 Roster: Analyzing Draft's Biggest Snubs

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Pro Bowl 2014 Roster: Analyzing Draft's Biggest Snubs
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Now that the NFL's first Pro Bowl draft is over, the selection process can be examined and scrutinized just like all the others.

Because of injuries and a little thing called the Super Bowl, some of the best players won't be available to play. As it was, there was still a plethora of stars to choose from for Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.

The two were chosen as the captains and allowed to pick their teams. Here's a look at both teams.

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 Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
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
J.J. Watt, Houston Texans DE
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

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It's hard to go wrong with any selections, but the following guys stayed around way too long.

 

Matt Forte, RB - Chicago Bears

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According to the depth chart for Team Rice, Matt Forte is listed as a third-string running back. It's understandable that Jerry Rice took the NFL's leading rusher, the Philadelphia Eagles' LeSean McCoy, ahead of Forte. It's also understandable that Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs was predestined to land with Team Sanders as a captain.

But how can one justify the likes of Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy and the Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray going ahead of the Chicago Bears star?

Guess it didn't matter that Forte was second in the NFL in rushing and had more receptions than Lacy and Murray.

 

Brandon Marshall, WR - Chicago Bears

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It seems the Bears' top players didn't get a lot of respect in the draft process. Bears rookie Alshon Jeffery had a fantastic season, but he didn't deserve to be picked ahead of his teammate. 

DC Fanatic finds this hilarious.

Jeffery had more yards (1,421 to 1,295) because he ran deep routes more often than Marshall. But the latter had the edge in receptions (100 to 89) and touchdowns (12 to 7). 

Aside from the numbers, Marshall's the senior performer of the two. If there was any debate, he should have gotten the nod.

 

Mario Williams, DE - Buffalo Bills

Despite being fourth in the NFL in sacks, Williams wasn't selected at all. As the last defensive end remaining, he was assigned to Team Sanders.

He had more sacks in 2013 than the New Orleans Saints' Cameron Jordan, Miami Dolphins' Cameron Wake and Houston Texans' J.J. Watt.

All three players were taken ahead of him on Wednesday night in Hawaii. He might just be playing on Sunday with a chip on his shoulder.

We're pretty sure Williams was kidding, but he might get a phone call from the commissioner's office after this tweet.

 

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