Ah, the Pro Bowl. The NFL's paid vacation to Hawaii that they call an all-star game. The butt of many jokes, an exhibition where most players justifiably take it easy to avoid injury, a chance for football addicts to fill their craving with a small taste of the sport they love.
Of course, this year the league added extra appeal to the event by holding a draft rather than simply dividing the players by conference. It's a move that could add some intrigue to the event and inspire a few players to actually, you know, care.
With that in mind, I broke down a few players that I think are most likely to have big performances in Hawaii. And no, there won't be any defensive players on this list, because (laughs for a really long time) you don't actually think anyone plays defense at the Pro Bowl, do you?
Of course not. Let's break down the players that will steal the show.
|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||Chicago Bears|
|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, QB, Indianapolis Colts
I mean, it would be hard not to put on a show for the fans when your receivers are A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown and DeSean Jackson. Oh, and for good measure, let's add Jamaal Charles at running back and Jason Witten and Jordan Cameron at tight end.
But more importantly, Luck was the top overall pick on Day 2 by Team Sanders. With a full complement of superstars to choose from, Deion Sanders wanted to land Andrew Luck first. That means there's an added bit of pressure on Luck to prove he was worth the selection.
And we've all seen how Luck handles pressure. Just ask the Kansas City Chiefs.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
Josh Gordon is an example of the perfect recipe for blowing up at the Pro Bowl. He's young. He isn't considered the best at his position. He just had a breakout season. And he'll actually get to play with an elite quarterback, something he most certainly has not had the chance to do in Cleveland.
You can bet Gordon will want to put on a show. And why not? After exploding for 87 receptions, 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns (in just 14 games, mind you), Gordon has the chance to keep his star bright in Hawaii.
And, you know, to give Johnny Manziel something to look forward to if the Browns sell the farm to draft him.
LeSean McCoy and Matt Forte, RB, Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears
Drew Brees is used to working with Darren Sproles out of the backfield, a talented player for sure but certainly far less dynamic than LeSean McCoy and Matt Forte. Just imagine what Brees will do with this pair catching passes out in the flat.
McCoy led the NFL with 1,607 rushing yards this season, while Forte's 1,993 yards from scrimmage and 12 total touchdowns capped off another excellent season. These two will earn the majority of the work in this game, and they'll likely torch Team Sanders from start to finish.
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