The second day of the 2014 Pro Bowl draft wrapped up on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in Hawaii, with NFL legends Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice at the helm of two rival teams that will square off in Honolulu's Aloha Stadium this coming Sunday.
With such a deep pool of talent to choose from, there were inevitably some players who fell further in the draft process than they perhaps deserved to and netted exceptional value for their squads.
Let's take a look at the draft choices holding the best value based on where they were selected and how they fit in with their star-studded rosters.
Note: Complete Day 2 draft results can be viewed at NFL.com.
|Day 2 Pro Bowl Draft Results|
|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|
|Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs||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|
Round 7, 15th overall (Team Sanders): Darrelle Revis, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It's no surprise that Sanders went heavy on cornerbacks. Given how pass-happy the NFL has become and how little defense has been played in the Pro Bowl in the past, he's doing everything possible to change that.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was the first defensive player chosen on Day 2 at No. 5 overall. Sanders then went ahead and paired Revis with him, which will create a ton of intriguing matchups with Team Rice.
Revis rounded back into form during the 2013 season after missing most of the prior year with a torn ACL. Tampa Bay finished with a measly 4-12 record, which overshadowed anything Revis did on the gridiron.
Recently, Seattle Seahawks shutdown corner Richard Sherman has commanded the majority of headlines and has made a case that he's actually the best in the game at his position.
The antics Sherman displayed after the NFC Championship Game didn't sit well with Revis, per the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud:
With the Buccaneers poised to improve in 2014 with a new head coach in Lovie Smith, those comments should carry more weight in the future. For now, it's time for Revis to focus on the task at hand in Hawaii—despite the precedent of a rather carefree atmosphere.
Sherman is in just his third year, and the same goes for Peterson, who is viewed as the other "next big thing." The Pro Bowl is a great chance for Revis to showcase his abilities.
Round 16, 31st overall (Team Sanders): Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
Any defenders willing to stand in front of Lacy may actually be more at risk of injuring themselves because the impressive Green Bay rookie packs a serious punch at 230 pounds.
As a second-round pick, Lacy ran like a man possessed this season with 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, providing a physical presence to alleviate pressure off his superstar quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.
Fans voted on ESPN's NFL Live television program for Rookie of the Year, and Lacy garnered almost half of the votes:
The youngster doesn't have too much mileage on him between his timeshare at the University of Alabama and one year as a pro under his belt. Although Lacy was worked hard when he was in action for the Packers this season, he has had time to rest and be fresh for the Pro Bowl.
It would have been a downright snubbing if Lacy didn't get in. If his productivity continues, he will have dismissed the notion that running backs aren't worth first-round picks anymore.
Lacy is the heaviest of all the backs in this game, which could help him become the leading rusher when the dust settles.
Round 16, 32nd overall (Team Rice): Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears
As if adding Alshon Jeffery wasn't enough, Rice went ahead and tossed in his fellow sizable Bears teammate in Marshall—one of the most consistently productive wideouts in the league.
Marshall and Jeffery should push each other during Pro Bowl week, as the two must be thirsting for competition after narrowly missing out on an NFC North division title and a home playoff game in Week 17's loss to Green Bay.
Earlier this season, Marshall said that Jeffery could become the best receiver of all time, per Scott Krinch of CSNChicago.com. Thus, it will be exciting to see them on the field possibly at the same time, forcing Sanders' stellar secondary to pick its poison.
Rice continued his trend of choosing big targets in selecting Marshall to join Jeffery, Arizona Cardinals veteran Larry Fitzgerald and Cleveland Browns rising star Josh Gordon.
With seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and five wideouts chosen ahead of him, Marshall secures his status as one of the best value picks in the inaugural Pro Bowl draft.
Round 22, 44th overall (Team Rice): Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Talk about steals—how about the ageless wonder in Gonzalez, who managed 83 receptions for the Falcons in 2013 in spite of a down, disappointing season that should be the last of his career.
The 37-year-old future Hall of Famer thought he was finished with his NFL playing days for good but decided he'd had a change of heart:
Gonzalez went late in the draft yet was still chosen ahead of more spry peers at his position in Browns tight end Jordan Cameron and veteran Dallas Cowboys staple Jason Witten.
Nevertheless, Gonzalez gets to go out on his terms in a retirement-esque atmosphere at Aloha Stadium, where he can give fans one last performance to cap off a distinct and brilliant career.