Pro Bowl 2014 Roster: Players Most Likely to Steal the Show in Hawaii

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 8:  Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns catches a pass before a game with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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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
TeamPlayerNFL Team
Defensive Tackle
Team SandersNdamukong SuhDetroit Lions
Team SandersGerald McCoyTampa Bay Buccaneers
Team SandersDontari PoeKansas City Chiefs
Team RiceKyle Williams (assigned)Buffalo Bills
Team RiceJason HatcherDallas Cowboys
Team RiceMarcell DareusBuffalo Bills
Guard
Team RiceJahri EvansNew Orleans Saints
Team RiceBen GrubbsNew Orleans Saints
Team RiceEvan MathisPhiladelphia Eagles
Team SandersMarshal YandaBaltimore Ravens
Team SandersLogan MankinsNew England Patriots
Team SandersKyle Long (assigned)Chicago Bears
Center
Team SandersMike PounceyMiami Dolphins
Team SandersAlex MackCleveland Browns
Team RiceRyan KalilCarolina Panthers
Team RiceNick Mangold (assigned)New York Jets
Fullback
Team RiceMike TolbertCarolina Panthers
Team SandersMarcel Reece (assigned)Oakland Raiders
Special Teamer
Team SandersMatthew SlaterNew England Patriots
Team RiceJustin Bethel (assigned)Arizona Cardinals
Punter
Team RiceJohnny HekkerSt. Louis Rams
Team SandersBrandon Fields (assigned)Miami Dolphins
Long Snapper
Team SandersJ.J. JansenCarolina Panthers
Team RiceMatt OvertonIndianapolis Colts
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Day 2 Results
TeamPlayerNFL Team
Quarterback
Team SandersAndrew LuckIndianapolis Colts
Team SandersCam NewtonCarolina Panthers
Team SandersNick FolesPhiladelphia Eagles
Team RiceDrew Brees (Captain)New Orleans Saints
Team RicePhilip RiversSan Diego Chargers
Team RiceAlex Smith (assigned)Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back
Team RiceLeSean McCoyPhiladelphia Eagles
Team RiceMatt ForteChicago Bears
Team RiceDeMarco MurrayDallas Cowboys
Team SandersJamaal Charles (Captain)Kansas City Chiefs
Team SandersEddie LacyGreen Bay Packers
Team SandersAlfred Morris (assigned)Washington Redskins
Wide Receiver
Team SandersA.J. GreenCincinnati Bengals
Team SandersDez BryantDallas Cowboys
Team SandersAntonio BrownPittsburgh Steelers
Team SandersDeSean JacksonPhiladelphia Eagles
Team RiceBrandon MarshallChicago Bears
Team RiceJosh GordonCleveland Browns
Team RiceAlshon JefferyChicago Bears
Team RiceLarry Fitzgerald (assigned)Arizona Cardinals
Tight End
Team RiceJimmy GrahamNew Orleans Saints
Team RiceTony GonazlezAtlanta Falcons
Team SandersJordan Cameron (assigned)Cleveland Browns
Team SandersJason Witten (assigned)Dallas Cowboys
Offensive Tackle
Team SandersBranden AlbertKansas City Chiefs
Team SandersTrent WilliamsWashington Redskins
Team SandersDuane BrownHouston Texans
Team RiceJoe ThomasCleveland Browns
Team RiceTyron SmithDallas Cowboys
Team RiceDuane Brown (assigned)Houston Texans
Defensive End
Team RiceRobert Quinn (captain)St. Louis Rams
Team RiceCameron JordanNew Orleans Saints
Team RiceCameron WakeMiami Dolphins
Team SandersJ.J. Watt (captain)Houston Texans
Team SandersGreg HardyCarolina Panthers
Team SandersMario Williams (assigned)Buffalo Bills
Outside Linebacker
Team SandersTamba HaliKansas City Chiefs
Team SandersTerrell SuggsBaltimore Ravens
Team SandersBrian Orakpo (traded)Washington Redskins
Team RiceJustin HoustonKansas City Chiefs
Team RiceRobert Mathis (traded)Indianapolis Colts
Team RiceJohn Abraham (assigned)Arizona Cardinals
Inside Linebacker
Team RiceVontaze BurfictCincinnati Bengals
Team RiceDerrick JohnsonKansas City Chiefs
Team SandersLuke KuechlyCarolina Panthers
Team SandersPaul Posluszny (assigned)Jacksonville Jaguars
Cornerback
Team SandersPatrick PetersonArizona Cardinals
Team SandersDarrelle RevisTampa Bay Buccaneers
Team SandersBrent GrimesMiami Dolphins
Team SandersTim Jennings (assigned)Chicago Bears
Team RiceAlterraun VernerTennessee Titans
Team RiceJoe HadenCleveland Browns
Team RiceBrandon FlowersKansas City Chiefs
Team RiceAntonio CromartieNew York Jets
Safety
Team RiceJairus ByrdBuffalo Bills
Team RiceAntrel Rolle (assigned)New York Giants
Team RiceEric ReidSan Francisco 49ers
Team SandersEric BerryKansas City Chiefs
Team SandersEric WeddleSan Diego Chargers
Team SandersT.J. WardCleveland Browns
Kicker
Team SandersJustin TuckerBaltimore Ravens
Team RiceStephen GostkowskiNew England Patriots
Punt Returner
Team RiceDexter McClusterKansas City Chiefs
Team SandersCordarrelle PattersonMinnesota Vikings
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Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

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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

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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

January 24, 2014; Ko'Olina, HI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) and hula girl Jenny Kim during the 2014 Pro Bowl media day at J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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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