Pro Bowl 2016: Team Rice vs. Team Irvin Rosters and Players to Watch

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2016

Team Carter's A.J. Green #18 in action against Team Irvin during the NFL Pro Bowl Game on Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Glendale, AZ. Team Irvin won the game (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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The extra week between the championship games and the Super Bowl is usually just a drag, but at least the Pro Bowl gives you some football to hold you over in this stretch.

While the players on the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will be preparing for the biggest game of their lives in Santa Clara, California, the rest of the sport's biggest stars will be in Hawaii trying to finish the season on a high note. It's a laid-back atmosphere, but that doesn't mean the players won't be trying to put on a show for the fans.

Although the teams are jumbled as Michael Irvin takes on Jerry Rice with fantasy drafted rosters, the top players will be fun to watch regardless of who is playing with them.

Pro Bowl Rosters
Team Rice
OffenseDefense/Special Teams
QB: Eli Manning, GiantsDT: Aaron Donald, Rams
QB: Derek Carr, RaidersDT: Fletcher Cox, Eagles
QB: Tyrod Taylor, BillsDT: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers
FB: John Kuhn, PackersDE: Cameron Jordan, Saints
RB: Adrian Peterson, VikingsDE: Everson Griffen, Vikings
RB: Doug Martin, BuccaneersLB: Elvis Dumervil, Ravens
RB: Chris Ivory, JetsLB: Julius Peppers, Packers
WR: Jarvis Landry, DolphinsLB: Tamba Hali, Chiefs
WR: Amari Cooper, RaidersLB: Khalil Mack, Raiders
WR: T.Y. Hilton, ColtsLB: Clay Matthews, Packers
WR: Odell Beckham Jr., GiantsLB: Bobby Wagner, Seahawks
TE: Travis Kelce, ChiefsCB: Marcus Peters, Chiefs
TE: Gary Barnidge, BrownsCB: Vontae Davis, Colts
OG: Richie Incognito, BillsCB: Brent Grimes, Dolphins
OG: Logan Mankins, BuccaneersCB: Jason Verrett, Chargers
OG: Josh Sitton, PackersS: Eric Berry, Chiefs
OG: Nick Mangold, JetsS: Mike Adams, Colts
OT: Kyle Long, BearsS: Charles Woodson, Raiders
OT: Joe Staley, 49ersST: Cedric Peerman, Chargers
OT: Joe Thomas, BrownsKR: Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
C: Eric Wood, BillsP: Johnny Hekker, Rams
K: Josh Brown, Giants
Team Irvin
OffenseDefense/Special Teams
QB: Russell Wilson, SeahawksDE: Michael Bennett, Seahawks
QB: Jameis Winston, BuccaneersDE: Carlos Dunlap, Bengals
QB: Teddy Bridgewater, VikingsDE: Ziggy Ansah, Lions
FB: Patrick DiMarco, FalconsDT: Geno Atkins, Bengals
RB: Todd Gurley, RamsDT: Calais Campbell, Cardinals
RB: Latavius Murray, RaidersDT: Jurrell Casey, Titans
RB: Devonta Freeman, FalconsLB: Sean Lee, Cowboys
WR: Julio Jones, FalconsLB: Anthony Barr, Vikings
WR: A.J. Green, BengalsLB: Lavonte David, Buccaneers
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, TexansLB: NaVorro Bowman, 49ers
WR: Allen Robinson, JaguarsLB: Derrick Johnson, Chiefs
TE: Tyler Eifert, BengalsCB: Richard Sherman, Seahawks
TE: Delanie Walker, Titans CB: Desmond Trufant, Falcons
OG: David DeCastro, SteelersCB: Adam Jones, Bengals
OG: Zack Martin, CowboysCB: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Giants
OG: Marshal Yanda, RavensS: Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles
OT: Branden Albert, DolphinsS: Reshad Jones, Dolphins
OT: Tyron Smith, CowboysS: Harrison Smith, Vikings
OT: Andrew Whitworth, BengalsST: Justin Bethel, Cardinals
C: Travis Frederick, CowboysKR: Darren Sproles, Eagles
C: Alex Mack, BrownsP: Sam Koch, Ravens
K: Dan Bailey, Cowboys
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Top Players to Watch

Russell Wilson, QB

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Ronald C
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The first overall pick in the fantasy draft by Team Irvin was an obvious pick. The Seattle Seahawks star was one of the best players in football over the past couple of months, totaling 24 touchdowns and just one interception in the final seven games of the regular season.

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While other quarterbacks had great seasons, Russell Wilson separates himself with the ability to show up to this event, as noted by Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:

Michael David Smith @MichaelDavSmith

Of the six quarterbacks who were originally selected to the Pro Bowl, Russell Wilson is the only one who hasn't pulled out.

Wilson is perfect for a game like this where he can show off his playmaking ability with both his arm and his legs. No one will care if the consistency is there, only if he can put together the type of memorable plays he has been a part of throughout his young career.

With Julio Jones, A.J. Green, DeAndre Hopkins and Allen Robinson at receiver, he could just throw the ball up in the air and watch any of these guys come down with it no matter how accurate the pass. Wilson should get plenty of playing time with a chance to put up some big numbers in this one.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 14: Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants catches a touchdown pass as Brent Grimes #21 of the Miami Dolphins defends during the third quarter of the game at Sun Life Stadium on December 14, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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As the captain of Team Rice, Odell Beckham Jr. made sure his team's first pick was New York Giants teammate Eli Manning. Then again, he might not have had a real choice, per ESPN's Dan Graziano:

Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Eli said he told Odell Beckham, a Pro Bowl captain, "No pressure, but if you don't draft me, don't expect to catch any balls next year."

While he was likely joking, the duo connected for 13 touchdowns during the regular season as well as a plethora of exciting plays. Beckham has become known for his ability to bring down passes in some unbelievable ways, and he has already taken that skill set to Hawaii during practice:

Def Pen Sports @DefPenSports

Goodness. Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) is a monster. What a catch during Pro-Bowl practice! https://t.co/R0mJjtBr4a

No matter what type of numbers he has or who wins the game, fans will be happy if Beckham can grab another big-time catch or two. Few players in the NFL are more fun to watch than the second-year player, making the Pro Bowl the perfect showcase for his ability.

With former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry alongside him, Manning could end up having a lot of fun throwing the ball.

Marcus Peters, CB

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 06:  Marcus Peters #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up prior to playing the Kansas City Chiefs in their NFL game at O.co Coliseum on December 6, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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This game is loaded with defensive stars from the likes of Aaron Donald to Khalil Mack, but the Pro Bowl isn't known for its physicality. There won't be many big hits over the middle or even sacks on blitzes. The defensive linemen won't even have much of a factor.

Instead, the defensive players making an impact will be the defensive backs. Although Marcus Peters is just a rookie, he showed he has playmaking ability with eight interceptions this season, tied for the most in the NFL.

The general manager who drafted him was certainly happy with the production Peters put together in his first season:

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.@Chiefs GM John Dorsey on @marcuspeters: he deserves to win Def ROY....in all the research we did, didn't realize how smart a player he is

Although the cornerback still struggles with consistency and could end up allowing some big plays, he can make up for it by attacking the ball and getting it right back to the offense. Putting the young player alongside veteran Charles Woodson could also be fun to watch.

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