Tom Brady, Jared Goff Replaced by Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky at Pro Bowl

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2019

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 05: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans looks for a receiver against the Indianapolis Colts during the Wild Card Round at NRG Stadium on January 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Tom Brady and Jared Goff won't be able to compete in the Pro Bowl after leading their teams to Super Bowl LIII, which opens the door for two more deserving quarterbacks in Sunday's all-star game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will replace Brady for the AFC squad, per Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. In the NFC, Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears will take over for Goff, per Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.

Both players were first-round picks in the 2017 draft, which means all three Day 1 quarterbacks from that year have made the Pro Bowl in their second seasons. Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes already received a Pro Bowl nod.

The last draft class that saw every first-round quarterback earn at least one Pro Bowl selection was 2001, when only Michael Vick was selected, per Pro Football Reference. Drew Brees was taken with the first pick in Round 2 that year and has seen quite a few Pro Bowl nods himself with 12.

The 2015 class has a chance if Marcus Mariota joins Jameis Winston with a selection.

Watson has impressed since entering the league, although his rookie year was cut short because of a torn ACL. He bounced back in a big way in 2018, totaling 4,165 passing yards and 551 rushing yards with 31 total touchdowns.

He led the Texans to an 11-5 record and looks to be one of the NFL's bright young stars.

Trubisky had a slower start to his career despite being the No. 2 overall pick, but he thrived this season under new head coach Matt Nagy. The 24-year-old signal-caller had three rushing touchdowns and 24 passing touchdowns, including six in one game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After going 11-3 this season as a starter, Trubisky may have kicked off the start of a big career.

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