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

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

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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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