The first ever Pro Bowl Draft took place on Wednesday in which teams were selected by NFL legends Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice. Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions was the first defensive tackle selected in the draft.
Unlike previous years which pitted the NFC against the AFC in the annual contest in Hawaii, this year’s format has changed. Instead of using the traditional format, the NFL has changed the rules so that teams were selected “unconferenced,” meaning that players could be drafted regardless of which conference they were in. In my opinion, this makes for a more competitive format by giving players a chance to play alongside stars from the opposite conference and makes for some unbelievable rosters.
“Team Sanders”, which includes Suh, is coached by Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and bodes a stellar lineup highlighted on offense by quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and Nick Foles. Jamaal Charles and rookie sensation Eddie Lacy lead the way at running back with wide receivers A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown and DeSean Jackson catching passes for the team. On the defensive side of the ball, Suh is surrounded by JJ Watt and Greg Hardy at the defensive end spots. He will be working alongside Gerald McCoy who was considered Suh’s main competitor for first defensive tackle chosen in the 2010 NFL Draft (Suh went No. 2 overall and McCoy went No. 3 overall). The defense is capped off with a secondary that includes cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis along with Eric Berry and Eric Weddle as the safeties.
Calvin Johnson was the other Lion that was selected as a Pro Bowl starter, but he could not make the trip due to finger and knee injuries sustained during the season. Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush and Nick Fairley were also selected as alternates who would fill in for those who could not make the trip due to injury or because they were scheduled to play in the Super Bowl.