Pro Bowl Teams 2014: Highlighting Best Value Picks on Day 2 of Draft

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 23, 2014

Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, right, reacts to comments made by fellow Hall of Famer Deion Sanders during a news conference for the NFL Pro Bowl Draft, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, Kapolei, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
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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

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 ChiefsRB 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

TAMPA, FL -  NOVEMBER 17:  Cornerback Darrelle Revis #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up for play against the Atlanta Falcons  November 17, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Tampa won 41 - 28. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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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

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 29: Running back Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the Chicago Bears during a game at Soldier Field on December 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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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

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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 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

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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.

Competing with New Orleans Saints superstar Jimmy Graham for snaps will be difficult, and Gonzalez will not have as much chemistry with Team Rice's top QB Drew Brees—a teammate of Graham's.

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.


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