Pro Bowl 2016: Full Results, Teams and More for Annual Game

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2016

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson came off the board first at the Pro Bowl draft.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson came off the board first at the Pro Bowl draft.Meryl Schenker/Associated Press

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was the first pick in the draft. Well, the 2016 Pro Bowl draft, that is.

With Hall of Fame wide receivers Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin back in the fold to lead the two teams, they did a fantasy football-inspired draft Wednesday, picking from the best of the best left standing in the player pool to form the teams that will square off in Honolulu Sunday.

Wilson might have come off the board first, but it was just the beginning of a wild event eventually pitting a pair of stacked teams against one another. Here's a look at the game info and draft results.

 

Game Details

When: Sunday, January 31 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

Television: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

 

Draft Results

Team Irvin
Round PickPlayer
1QB Russell Wilson (Seahawks)
2WR Julio Jones (Falcons)
3CB Richard Sherman (Seahawks)
4DE Ezekiel Ansah (Lions)
5DE Michael Bennett (Seahawks)
6WR A.J. Green (Bengals)
7WR DeAndre Hopkins (Texans)
8RB Todd Gurley (Rams)
9OLB Anthony Barr (Vikings)
10CB Desmond Trufant (Falcons)
11WR Allen Robinson (Jaguars)
12LB Lavonte David (Buccaneers)
13TE Tyler Eifert (Bengals)
14QB Jameis Winston (Buccaneers)
15DE Carlos Dunlap (Bengals)
16QB Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings)
17TE Delanie Walker (Titans)
18S Reshad Jones (Dolphins)
19OLB Sean Lee (Cowboys)
20CB Adam Jones (Bengals)
21RB Latavius Murray (Raiders)
22S Malcolm Jenkins (Eagles)
23CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Giants)
24FS Harrison Smith (Vikings)
Source: NFL.com
Team Rice
RoundPlayer
1QB Eli Manning (Giants)
2DE Khalil Mack (Raiders)
3WR Jarvis Landry (Dolphins)
4QB Derek Carr (Raiders)
5WR Amari Cooper (Raiders)
6CB Marcus Peters (Chiefs)
7RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings)
8OLB Tamba Hali (Chiefs)
9DE Everson Griffen (Vikings)
10CB Vontae Davis (Colts)
11WR T.Y. Hilton (Colts)
12CB Brent Grimes (Dolphins)
13RB Doug Martin (Buccaneers)
14TE Travis Kelce (Chiefs)
15S Eric Berry (Chiefs)
16LB Julius Peppers (Packers)
17DE Cameron Jordan (Saints)
18QB Tyrod Taylor (Bills)
19TE Gary Barnidge (Browns)
20OLB Elvis Dumervil (Ravens)
21RB Chris Ivory (Jets)
22CB Jason Verrett (Chargers)
23SS Mike Adams (Colts)
24SS Charles Woodson (Raiders)
Source: NFL.com

 

Breakdown

Let's start with Wilson. The Seahawks gunslinger didn't turn down an invitation like, say, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, nor did he have to miss outright like Cam Newton.

As such, Wilson came off the board first with Team Irvin making the call. How could they not? Wilson completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 4,024 yards and 34 touchdowns to eight interceptions on the season, including leading his team on a 6-1 streak to blast into the postseason.

Not only does Wilson have a unique skill set befitting of a Pro Bowl leader, he's the ideal guy to run a team. Just look at his reaction to the game itself, as captured by the Seahawks on Twitter:

Wilson has some incredible running mates, to say the least. If Irvin's plan was to load up on offense and ensure his quarterback had no issues posting Madden-esque numbers, well, he did a good job.

Not only does Wilson have Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley and Atlanta Falcons back Devonta Freeman in the backfield, here's a look at what his top wideouts did this year:

RECTGTSYDSTD
Julio Jones1362041,8718
A.J. Green861321,29710
DeAndre Hopkins1111921,52111
Allen Robinson801531,40014
ESPN.com.

Seems like overkill, right?

Team Rice didn't exactly lose out in the draft, though. New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. made a point to take his quarterback, Eli Manning, with the first pick.

Not that it sounds like he had much of a choice, based on a comment recorded by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com:

While Team Rice might not tout the same impressive on-paper firepower of its counterpart, a quarterback-wideout connection as strong as Manning-Beckham might compensate on its own.

"We'll have to talk about it," Manning said, according to ESPN.com. "We've got a few plays that we've run over the years that we might have to throw into the offense, and hopefully, we can get together on a couple big plays."

Not that the outlook for Team Rice is bleak. No, Beckham, Rice and others went out and got plenty of defensive studs such as Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali, who figure to combine to make it tough for Wilson to get rid of the football.

When Wilson does get rid of the football, he'll have to find a way to avoid future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson, who lasted until the 24th round but is playing in his final NFL game and figures to go out with a bang.

The draft seems to have created a war of contrasting styles, which nobody in their right mind would complain about. Irvin mostly focused on offense and put all of his chips on Wilson connecting with some of the game's best, while Rice seems to have hit on a more balanced approach with veteran leadership and a roster with the potential to lock down and control the pace of the contest.

Regardless of how it plays out, the fans win. The new format once again provided an interesting affair at the draft, drawing inspiration from fantasy football. Now the results will once again play out on the field, a visualization of what a week-to-week fantasy football encounter might look like.

All in all, it's not a bad way to spend a weekend before preparing for the Super Bowl itself.

 

Stats courtesy of NFL.com and are accurate as of January 28. All advanced metrics courtesy of Pro Football FocusAll betting information courtesy of Odds Shark.

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