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Pro Bowl 2014 Roster: Unconferenced Teams, Captains and Expectations

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Pro Bowl 2014 Roster: Unconferenced Teams, Captains and Expectations
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Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice played the role of fantasy football general manager as they completed their rosters for the 2014 Pro Bowl.

For the first time ever, the Pro Bowl teams aren't broken down by conference, but rather the result of a draft between Sanders and Rice.

The idea wasn't for everybody, and the draft itself certainly seemed to drag on, especially in the later rounds, when all of the skill-position players were gone.

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But this was an experiment by the league to try and reinvigorate what had been a dying All-Star Game in the Pro Bowl. Fans got tired of seeing the same guys facing off against each other and almost no defense being played. The draft was a way to add a different element.

Looking at the rosters and some of the banter going on Wednesday in Hawaii, it's hard to see how the draft itself was a failure.

The captains were determined by taking the leading vote-getters on offense and defense from each conference. If a player was injured or taking part in the Super Bowl, he was excluded.

Rice won the coin toss and selected Drew Brees and Robert Quinn, leaving Sanders with Jamaal Charles and J.J. Watt.

From there, it was a straight draft, with the two alternating picks. The draft was stretched across Wednesday and Thursday.

Here are the results.

Day 1 Results
Team Player NFL Team
Defensive Tackle
Team Sanders Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions
Team Sanders Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Team Sanders Dontari Poe Kansas City Chiefs
Team Rice Kyle Williams (assigned) Buffalo Bills
Team Rice Jason Hatcher Dallas Cowboys
Team Rice Marcell Dareus Buffalo Bills
Guard
Team Rice Jahri Evans New Orleans Saints
Team Rice Ben Grubbs New Orleans Saints
Team Rice Evan Mathis Philadelphia Eagles
Team Sanders Marshal Yanda Baltimore Ravens
Team Sanders Logan Mankins New England Patriots
Team Sanders Kyle Long (assigned) Chicago Bears
Center
Team Sanders Mike Pouncey Miami Dolphins
Team Sanders Alex Mack Cleveland Browns
Team Rice Ryan Kalil Carolina Panthers
Team Rice Nick Mangold (assigned) New York Jets
Fullback
Team Rice Mike Tolbert Carolina Panthers
Team Sanders Marcel Reece (assigned) Oakland Raiders
Special Teamer
Team Sanders Matthew Slater New England Patriots
Team Rice Justin Bethel (assigned) Arizona Cardinals
Punter
Team Rice Johnny Hekker St. Louis Rams
Team Sanders Brandon Fields (assigned) Miami Dolphins
Long Snapper
Team Sanders J.J. Jansen Carolina Panthers
Team Rice Matt Overton Indianapolis Colts

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Day 2 Results
Team Player NFL Team
Quarterback
Team Sanders Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts
Team Sanders Cam Newton Carolina Panthers
Team Sanders Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles
Team Rice Drew Brees (Captain) New Orleans Saints
Team Rice Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers
Team Rice Alex Smith (assigned) Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back
Team Rice LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles
Team Rice Matt Forte Chicago Bears
Team Rice DeMarco Murray Dallas Cowboys
Team Sanders Jamaal Charles (Captain) Kansas City Chiefs
Team Sanders Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers
Team Sanders Alfred Morris (assigned) Washington Redskins
Wide Receiver
Team Sanders A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals
Team Sanders Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys
Team Sanders Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
Team Sanders DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Eagles
Team Rice Brandon Marshall Denver Broncos
Team Rice Josh Gordon Cleveland Browns
Team Rice Alshon Jeffery Chicago Bears
Team Rice Larry Fitzgerald (assigned) Arizona Cardinals
Tight End
Team Rice Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints
Team Rice Tony Gonazlez Atlanta Falcons
Team Sanders Jordan Cameron (assigned) Cleveland Browns
Team Sanders Jason Witten (assigned) Dallas Cowboys
Offensive Tackle
Team Sanders Branden Albert Kansas City Chiefs
Team Sanders Trent Williams Washington Redskins
Team Sanders Duane Brown Houston Texans
Team Rice Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns
Team Rice Tyron Smith Dallas Cowboys
Team Rice Duane Brown (assigned) Houston Texans
Defensive End
Team Rice Robert Quinn (captain) St. Louis Rams
Team Rice Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints
Team Rice Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins
Team Sanders J.J. Watt (captain) Houston Texans
Team Sanders Greg Hardy Carolina Panthers
Team Sanders Mario Williams (assigned) Buffalo Bills
Outside Linebacker
Team Sanders Tamba Hali Kansas City Chiefs
Team Sanders Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens
Team Sanders Brian Orakpo (traded) Washington Redskins
Team Rice Justin Houston Kansas City Chiefs
Team Rice Robert Mathis (traded) Indianapolis Colts
Team Rice John Abraham (assigned) Arizona Cardinals
Inside Linebacker
Team Rice Vontaze Burfict Cincinnati Bengals
Team Rice Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs
Team Sanders Luke Kuechly Carolina Panthers
Team Sanders Paul Posluszny (assigned) Jacksonville Jaguars
Cornerback
Team Sanders Patrick Peterson Arizona Cardinals
Team Sanders Darrelle Revis Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Team Sanders Brent Grimes Miami Dolphins
Team Sanders Tim Jennings (assigned) Chicago Bears
Team Rice Alterraun Verner Tennessee Titans
Team Rice Joe Haden Cleveland Browns
Team Rice Brandon Flowers Kansas City Chiefs
Team Rice Antonio Cromartie New York Jets
Safety
Team Rice Jairus Byrd Buffalo Bills
Team Rice Antrel Rolle (assigned) New York Giants
Team Rice Eric Reid San Francisco 49ers
Team Sanders Eric Berry Kansas City Chiefs
Team Sanders Eric Weddle San Diego Chargers
Team Sanders T.J. Ward Cleveland Browns
Kicker
Team Sanders Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens
Team Rice Stephen Gostkowski New England Patriots
Punt Returner
Team Rice Dexter McCluster Kansas City Chiefs
Team Sanders Cordarrelle Patterson Minnesota Vikings

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Andrew Luck was the first overall pick on Thursday, going to Team Sanders. It wasn't much of a surprise, as it seemed "Prime Time" would go with a QB to counter Brees, so the only question was whether or not it would be Luck or Cam Newton. Plus, Luck gets reunited with head coach Chuck Pagano, who's coaching Team Sanders.

Sanders then went ahead and took Newton with his second pick, giving himself a phenomenal combination at quarterback.

With his first pick, Rice took Jimmy Graham, making sure to keep he and Drew Brees together.

Although this draft made things interesting during the buildup, it's hard to see how it will radically affect the game itself. There will still be a ton of points scored and little defense. Guys like Luck, Newton, A.J. Green, Josh Gordon and Dez Bryant will thrive, while it will be a day to forget for those stuck in the secondary.

It's not hard to see how the players will be unwilling to go full force in what is nothing more than a glorified exhibition game. Let's not forget Brees' injury during the 2007 Pro Bowl.

Andrew Brandt of The MMQB noted the financial incentives on the line for the players:

Taking a look at the rosters, Team Deion would have to get the slight edge. He did a great job loading up at QB and provided Luck, Cam Newton and Nick Foles with Green, Bryant, Antonio Brown and DeSean Jackson at wideout.

On the other side, Sanders has two of the best cornerbacks in the game, with Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis. Eric Berry and Eric Weddle will also help to provide what little defense Team Sanders will play.

It should be a fun game as long as you don't take it too seriously, and the draft has helped to craft matchups that otherwise wouldn't have happened.

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