Pro Bowl Draft 2014: Twitter Reacts to Team Rice vs. Team Sanders Rosters

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 23, 2014

Jan 22, 2014; Ko'Olina, HI, USA; General view of Chris Rose interviewing Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson at the Pro Bowl draft at the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The first-ever Pro Bowl draft was designed by the NFL to inject some fresh energy into the annual pro football all-star game. Without conferences to separate the teams, rosters were assembled by NFL legends Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, marked the second day of the Pro Bowl draft, and with so much star power on hand in Hawaii, the Twitter folk had plenty to say about the happenings as the selection process unfolded.

Before getting into the chatter on social media, here is an overview of all of the selections from Day 2:

Day 2 Pro Bowl Draft Results
Team Sanders Position Team Rice
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers QB Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles QB
RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins RB DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys TE Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Branden Albert, Kansas City Chiefs OT Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns
Trent Williams, Washington Redskins OT Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys
Duane Brown, Houston Texans OT Jordan Gross, Carolina Panthers
Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills DE Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints
Greg Hardy, Carolina Panthers DE Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins
Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs OLB Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs
Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins (via trade) OLB John Abraham, Arizona Cardinals
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens OLB Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts (via trade)
Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers ILB Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville Jaguars ILB Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs
Tim Jennings, Chicago Bears CB Alterraun Verner, Tennessee Titans
Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals CB Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
Darrelle Revis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Brandon Flowers, Kansas City Chiefs
Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins CB Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets
T.J. Ward, Cleveland Browns S Antrel Rolle, New York Giants
Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs S Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills
Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers S Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers
Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens K Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings PR Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs

There were polarizing reactions about the entire process. For example, JJ Zachariason endorsed the new format, while ex-Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis felt it was a mockery:

ESPN's Michael C. Wright was initially taken aback, but became sold on the draft as the saga unfolded:'s Ian Rapoport was a fan and tuned in—even while reporting on such things as the Cleveland Browns reportedly courting fired Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano:

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon led the league in yardage despite playing just 14 games this past season and had the quip of the evening. While he was selected No. 10 overall, Gordon did start wondering about a supplemental draft, which is how he landed in Cleveland back in 2012:

In the actual draft two seasons ago, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was selected No. 1 overall. On Wednesday, he was the first choice by Team Sanders yet again.

Bleacher Report captured Luck's amazing, appropriately dorky bucket hat as he shook Prime Time's hand:

Gil Brandt of pointed out how half of the QBs selected played high school football in Texas but weren't recruited by the Longhorns:

Andrew Brandt of ESPN noted the disparity between the winners and losers of the game, which should create at least a marginal amount of additional competitive fire:'s Dave Rappoccio wasn't so much disenchanted with the draft as he was with the bland uniforms:

Arizona Cardinals star cornerback Patrick Peterson was the first defensive player taken at No. 5 overall. When it was realized he'd do battle with teammate Larry Fitzgerald,'s Darren Urban tweeted a humble brag of sorts:

One nice form of entertainment as Team Sanders and Team Rice were on the clock were some of the interviews and the on-camera, individual player testimony as to why they should be picked.

NFL Network's official Twitter account captured some of the horseplay that went on amid the loose atmosphere:

But by the time the broadcast was over, a storyline from the NFC Championship Game already shifted the focus—at least for league writer Brian McIntyre.

While the network tried to recap the action from Hawaii, McIntyre spoke for many in being more interested in the live field sound between Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree:

The Pro Bowl draft served its purpose.

By adding a new, somewhat exciting element of unpredictability to what's become a rather dull experience for fans not actually in attendance, the league has to be pleased overall. Having said that, the process on Day 2 did drag on for three hours and could have been a bit more succinct in its execution.

It wasn't bad for an experimental trial by fire, but it remains to be seen whether or not this draft is a sustainable model for the Pro Bowl or if it will be a one-year wonder.

These star-studded squads will do battle on Sunday, Jan. 26, with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. ET at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium.


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