Pro Bowl Teams 2016: Full Draft Predictions for Team Rice vs. Team Irvin

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Pro Bowl Teams 2016: Full Draft Predictions for Team Rice vs. Team Irvin
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So far, the 2016 Pro Bowl has made headlines largely for who isn't playing rather than who is. On Wednesday, the focus will fully shift to those stars taking part as team captains Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin fill out their respective rosters.

According to Elias Sports (via ESPN Stats & Info), 133 players have been named to the Pro Bowl this year, which sets a new record. Only 86 will play in the game, which kicks off Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

As was the case in the past two years, the NFL decided to let two legends—Rice and Irvin—draft the teams that will be competing against each other. The draft will take place at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday night.

Below are the full Pro Bowl roster and predictions for how the draft will unfold.

2016 Pro Bowl Roster—Offense
Position Player
QB Teddy Bridgewater, MIN (R)
QB Derek Carr, OAK (R)
QB Eli Manning, NYG (R)
QB Tyrod Taylor, BUF (R)
QB Russell Wilson, SEA
QB Jameis Winston, TB (R)
RB Chris Ivory, NYJ (R)
RB Devonta Freeman, ATL
RB Todd Gurley, STL
RB Doug Martin, TB
RB Latavius Murray, OAK (R)
RB Adrian Peterson, MIN
FB Patrick DiMarco, ATL (R)
FB Marcel Reece, OAK
WR Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
WR Antonio Brown, PIT
WR Amari Cooper, OAK (R)
WR A.J. Green, CIN
WR T.Y. Hilton, IND (R)
WR DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
WR Julio Jones, ATL
WR Allen Robinson, JAX (R)
TE Gary Barnidge, CLE (R)
TE Tyler Eifert, CIN
TE Travis Kelce, KC
TE Delanie Walker, TEN
OT Jason Peters, OT
OT Tyron Smith, DAL
OT Joe Staley, SF
OT Joe Thomas, CLE
OT Andrew Whitworth, CIN
OT Trent Williams, WAS
OG David DeCastro, PIT
OG Richie Incognito, BUF (R)
OG Logan Mankins, TB (R)
OG Zack Martin, DAL
OG Josh Sitton, GB
OG Marshal Yanda, BAL
C Travis Frederick, DAL
C Eric Wood, BUF (R)
C Alex Mack, CLE
C Mike Pouncey, MIA


2016 Pro Bowl Roster—Defense/Special Teams
Position Player
DE Ezekiel Ansah, DET
DE Michael Bennett, SEA
DE Chandler Jones, NE
DE Khalil Mack, OAK
DE J.J. Watt, HOU
DE Carlos Dunlap, CIN (R)
Int. Line Geno Atkins, CIN
Int. Line Calais Campbell, ARI
Int. Line Jurrell Casey, TEN (R)
Int. Line Fletcher Cox, PHI
Int. Line Aaron Donald, STL
Int. Line Gerald McCoy, TB
OLB Anthony Barr, MIN (R)
OLB Lavonte David, TB (R)
OLB Elvis Dumervil, BAL (R)
OLB Tamba Hali, KC
OLB Sean Lee, DAL (R)
OLB Julius Peppers, GB (R)
MLB NaVorro Bowman, SF
MLB Derrick Johnson, KC (R)
MLB Clay Matthews, GB
MLB Bobby Wagner, SEA
CB Malcolm Butler, NE
CB Vontae Davis, IND (R)
CB Brent Grimes, MIA (R)
CB Adam Jones, CIN (R)
CB Desmond Trufant, ATL (R)
CB Marcus Peters, KC
CB Darrelle Revis, NYJ
CB Richard Sherman, SEA
FS Malcolm Jenkins, PHI (R)
FS Reshad Jones, MIA (R)
FS Harrison Smith, MIA (R)
SS Mike Adams, IND (R)
SS Eric Berry, KC
SS Charles Woodson, OAK
P Sam Koch, BAL
P Johnny Hekker, STL
K Stephen Gostkowski, NE
K Dan Bailey, DAL
RS Darren Sproles PHI
RS Tyler Lockett, SEA
ST Cedric Peerman, CIN (R)
ST Justin Bethel, ARI



Russell Wilson Will Go First Overall

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In the last two years, quarterback Andrew Luck was taken No. 1 overall. Since Luck won't be taking part in this year's event, the best QB available will likely be taking his place: Russell Wilson.

One of Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers would be the ideal selection, but none of the four is available for a variety of reasons. In fact, Wilson is the only one among the six QBs who isn't a replacement.

Newton's ascendance in 2015 caused Wilson's otherwise strong season to get overlooked somewhat. The Seattle Seahawks QB threw for 4,024 yards, 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The yards and TDs were career highs, while he also completed a career-best 68.1 percent of his passes.

If history is any indicator, then Wilson will be the first player off the board in the Pro Bowl draft.

Richard Sherman Will Be the First Defensive Player Selected

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Rice and Irvin will likely use their first few picks on the best offensive players available. Once they each snag a quarterback, running back and wide receiver, they'll look to the defensive side of the ball.

Since they're both Hall of Fame wide receivers, Irvin and Rice know the value of a good cornerback. As a result, one of Darrelle Revis or Richard Sherman is the best bet to be the first defensive player drafted.

You could make a strong argument for Revis or Sherman being the superior cornerback. Revis had more interceptions (five) in 2015 than Sherman (two), which can be somewhat deceiving since it's partly dependent on the number of times a quarterback looks a cornerback's way. Pro Football Focus graded Sherman much higher, rating him an 86.4 in pass coverage, compared to 77.5 for Revis.

Back in 2013, the two had a bit of a back-and-forth on social media:

They seem to have moved on from any personal animosity, but they undoubtedly have a competitive rivalry that comes with being two of the best cover corners in the game.

Michael Irvin Will Grab as Many Dallas Cowboys Players as He Can

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Last year, Irvin wasn't shy about loading up on players from his old team. He made quarterback Tony Romo his first pick and proceeded to add any Dallas Cowboys players not nailed down, a point to which's Nick Eatman alluded last year:

The five-time Pro Bowler won't have quite the same selection this year. Romo, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are among the notable Cowboys players who failed to build a Pro Bowl case.

Stashing as many Cowboys as he could on the roster helped Irvin beat Cris Carter's team 32-28 in last year's Pro Bowl. He'd be foolish to ruin a good thing, so expect Team Irvin to have a decidedly Dallas feel Wednesday night.

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