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.
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.
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 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|
|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|
|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|
|Team Rice||Mike Tolbert||Carolina Panthers|
|Team Sanders||Marcel Reece (assigned)||Oakland Raiders|
|Team Sanders||Matthew Slater||New England Patriots|
|Team Rice||Justin Bethel (assigned)||Arizona Cardinals|
|Team Rice||Johnny Hekker||St. Louis Rams|
|Team Sanders||Brandon Fields (assigned)||Miami Dolphins|
|Team Sanders||J.J. Jansen||Carolina Panthers|
|Team Rice||Matt Overton||Indianapolis Colts|
|Day 2 Results|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Team Sanders||Justin Tucker||Baltimore Ravens|
|Team Rice||Stephen Gostkowski||New England Patriots|
|Team Rice||Dexter McCluster||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Team Sanders||Cordarrelle Patterson||Minnesota Vikings|
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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