Pro Bowl 2016: Unconferenced Voting Results, Selections and Alternates

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2015

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton calls an audible at the line of scrimmage during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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The NFL officially released its pool of 2016 Pro Bowl players Tuesday, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was the league's top vote-getter alongside Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton

Not surprisingly, the Panthers and Patriots led the way with 10 and seven players selected, respectively, although those nominations could be moot if they wind up representing the NFC and AFC in Super Bowl 50. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals also had seven selections apiece. 

Here's a look at the offensive side of the player pool, courtesy of NFL.com

2016 Pro Bowl Roster Pool (Offense)
PositionPlayerTeam
QBTom BradyNew England Patriots
QBCam NewtonCarolina Panthers
QBCarson PalmerArizona Cardinals
QBAaron RodgersGreen Bay Packers
QBRussell WilsonSeattle Seahawks
QBBen RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers
RBJonathan StewartCarolina Panthers
RBAdrian PetersonMinnesota Vikings
RBLeSean McCoyBuffalo Bills
RBTodd GurleySt. Louis Rams
RBDevonta FreemanAtlanta Falcons
RBDoug MartinTampa Bay Buccaneers
FBMike TolbertCarolina Panthers
FBMarcel ReeceOakland Raiders
WRBrandon MarshallNew York Jets
WRJulio JonesAtlanta Falcons
WRCalvin JohnsonDetroit Lions
WRDeAndre HopkinsHouston Texans
WRA.J. GreenCincinnati Bengals
WRLarry FitzgeraldArizona Cardinals
WRAntonio BrownPittsburgh Steelers
WROdell Beckham Jr.New York Giants
TEGreg OlsenCarolina Panthers
TETravis KelceKansas City Chiefs
TERob GronkowskiNew England Patriots
TETyler EifertCincinnati Bengals
OTTrent WilliamsWashington Redskins
OTAndrew WhitworthCincinnati Bengals
OTJoe ThomasCleveland Browns
OTJoe StaleySan Francisco 49ers
OTTyron SmithDallas Cowboys
OTJason PetersPhiladelphia Eagles
CMike PounceyMiami Dolphins
CAlex MackCleveland Browns
CRyan KalilCarolina Panthers
CTravis FrederickDallas Cowboys
OGMarshal YandaBaltimore Ravens
OGTrai TurnerCarolina Panthers
OGJosh SittonGreen Bay Packers
OGZack MartinDallas Cowboys
OGMike IupatiArizona Cardinals
OGDavid DeCastroPittsburgh Steelers
Source: NFL.com

It's hard to argue with any of the selections on offense, particularly in the wide receiver realm. While it would be easy to make a case for Jacksonville Jaguars youngster Allen Robinson over Calvin Johnson, the veteran Detroit Lions wideout has still acquitted himself nicely to the tune of 1,000 yards and seven scores with two games to play.     

Seven of the league's top eight receiving leaders will make a trip to the Pro Bowl, with New York Jets star Brandon Marshall standing out amid a stellar season playing pitch-and-catch with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

"I wouldn't have been here if it wasn't for FitzMagic," Marshall said Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta 

Elsewhere on offense, St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley was one of three rookies to make the Pro Bowl along with Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and Seahawks return man Tyler Lockett. 

Speaking of defense and special teams, here's a look at how those selections played out: 

2016 Pro Bowl Roster Pool (Defense/Special Teams)
PositionPlayerTeam
DEMuhammad WilkersonNew York Jets
DEJ.J. WattHouston Texans
DEKhalil MackOakland Raiders
DEChandler JonesNew England Patriots
DEMichael BennettSeattle Seahawks
DEEzekiel AnsahDetroit Lions
DTKawann ShortCarolina Panthers
DTGerald McCoyTampa Bay Buccaneers
DTGeno AtkinsCincinnati Bengals
DTAaron DonaldSt. Louis Rams
DTFletcher CoxPhiladelphia Eagles
DTCalais CampbellArizona Cardinals
OLBDeMarcus WareDenver Broncos
OLBVon MillerDenver Broncos
OLBJustin HoustonKansas City Chiefs
OLBTamba HaliKansas City Chiefs
OLBThomas DavisCarolina Panthers
OLBJamie CollinsNew England Patriots
ILBBobby WagnerSeattle Seahawks
ILBClay MatthewsGreen Bay Packers
ILBLuke KuechlyCarolina Panthers
ILBNaVorro BowmanSan Francisco 49ers
CBAqib TalibDenver Broncos
CBRichard ShermanSeattle Seahawks
CBDarrelle RevisNew York Jets
CBPatrick PetersonArizona Cardinals
CBMarcus PetersKansas City Chiefs
CBJosh NormanCarolina Panthers
CBChris HarrisDenver Broncos
CBMalcolm ButlerNew England Patriots
SCharles WoodsonOakland Raiders
SEarl ThomasSeattle Seahawks
SReggie NelsonCincinnati Bengals
STyrann MathieuArizona Cardinals
SKam ChancellorSeattle Seahawks
SEric BerryKansas City Chiefs
KStephen GostkowskiNew England Patriots
KDan BaileyDallas Cowboys
PSam KochBaltimore Ravens
PJohnny HekkerSt. Louis Rams
PRDarren SprolesPhiladelphia Eagles
PRTyler LockettSeattle Seahawks
STMatthew SlaterNew England Patriots
STJustin BethelArizona Cardinals
Source: NFL.com

Panthers cornerback Josh Norman may be the most notable name on the defensive list, if only because of his recent on-field spat with Odell Beckham Jr. Should the Panthers fail to reach the Super Bowl, it would be undeniably compelling to see how Norman and Beckham handle a second shot at one another in front of a national audience.      

Chiefs safety Eric Berry will also be making his return to the All-Star stage following a heroic comeback from Hodgkin lymphoma, per Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman: 

A complete look at alternates for this year's festivities can be viewed below: 

2016 Pro Bowl Alternates
TeamAlternates
Arizona CardinalsChris Johnson, RB (Short-Term IR)
Atlanta FalconsN/A
Baltimore RavensKyle Juszczyk, FB; C.J. Mosley, ILB
Buffalo BillsN/A
Carolina PanthersN/A
Chicago BearsN/A
Cincinnati BengalsAndy Dalton, QB; Carlos Dunlap, DE; Cedric Peerman, ST; Adam Jones, CB
Cleveland BrownsJohnson Bademosi, ST; Gary Barnidge, TE; Travis Benjamin, WR
Dallas CowboysN/A
Denver BroncosT.J. Ward, S; Demaryius Thomas, WR; Brandon Marshall, ILB; Louis Vasquez, OG
Detroit LionsN/A
Green Bay PackersJohn Kuhn, FB; Randall Cobb, WR; Mike Daniels, DT; James Jones, WR; Eddie Lacy, RB; T.J. Lang, OG; Julius Peppers, LB; Sam Shields, CB
Houston TexansDuane Brown, OT
Indianapolis ColtsN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsAllen Robinson, WR
Kansas City ChiefsN/A
Miami DolphinsN/A
Minnesota VikingsN/A
New England PatriotsN/A
New Orleans SaintsN/A
New York GiantsDwayne Harris, KR; Josh Brown, K
New York JetsChris Ivory, RB; Nick Mangold, C
Oakland RaidersDerek Carr, QB; Latavius Murray, RB; Amari Cooper, WR
Philadelphia EaglesJason Kelce, C; Malcolm Jenkins, S; Chris Maragos, ST
Pittsburgh SteelersN/A
St. Louis RamsN/A
San Diego ChargersN/A
San Francisco 49ersAlex Boone, G/T
Seattle SeahawksCliff Avril, DE; Doug Baldwin, WR; Steven Hauschka, K; Marshawn Lynch, RB; Russell Okung, OT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Logan Mankins, OG; Lavonte David, LB
Tennessee TitansJurrell Casey, DT; Delanie Walker, TE
Washington RedskinsRyan Kerrigan, LB; Jordan Reed, TE
Source: Official Team Websites

As was the case last year, the Pro Bowl will assume a fantasy draft format when the action hits Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Jan. 31. 

The sides will be captained by former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin and San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice, each of whom has a Pro Bowl win to his name under the revised format. 

Irvin captained the winning team last season in a 32-28 defeat of Cris Carter's side, and Rice led his squad to a 22-21 win in 2014 over Deion Sanders' Pro Bowlers. 

"Being a Pro Bowl captain was a great experience last season," Irvin said, according to an official NFL press release. "The new format brought a fresh excitement to the Pro Bowl Draft and game."

The league also announced Rice and Irvin will make their official selections on Jan. 27 with the assistance of a defensive legend co-captain, two active player captains and an NFL.com fantasy football champion. 

Based on the tremendous amount of young talent at the playmaking positions, this year's exhibition shouldn't disappoint from a pure entertainment standpoint.

So long as explosive plays, top-tier talent and some trickery are part of the equation, fans should have plenty of reasons to tune in and appease their football appetites during the downtime that envelops the NFL universe before the Super Bowl. 

Note: Pro Bowl alternates will be updated as they are released. 

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