— Alumni Captains Jerry Rice & Deion Sanders Make Day 1 Draft Selections —
The initial draft selections for the 2014 Pro Bowl were made on Tuesday by the alumni team captains, Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE and DEION SANDERS.
Rice won a coin toss at Tuesday’s press conference and elected to choose New Orleans Saints QB DREW BREES and St. Louis Rams DE ROBERT QUINN, the active player captains, to help determine the roster as the first members of Team Rice.
The other selections made by Team Rice on Tuesday were Dallas Cowboys DT JASON HATCHER, Buffalo Bills DT MARCELL DAREUS, Buffalo Bills DT KYLE WILLIAMS, New Orleans Saints G JAHRI EVANS, New Orleans Saints G BEN GRUBBS, Philadelphia Eagles G EVAN MATHIS, Carolina Panthers C RYAN KALIL, N.Y. Jets C NICK MANGOLD, Carolina Panthers FB MIKE TOLBERT, Arizona Cardinals ST JUSTIN BETHEL, St. Louis Rams P JOHNNY HEKKER and Indianapolis Colts LS MATT OVERTON.
Kansas City Chiefs RB JAMAAL CHARLES and Houston Texans DE J.J. WATT joined Team Sanders as the active player captains, with Team Sanders also being awarded the top pick in the draft on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The selections made by Team Sanders on Tuesday were Detroit Lions DT NDAMUKONG SUH, Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT GERALD McCOY, Kansas City Chiefs DT DONTARI POE, Baltimore Ravens G MARSHAL YANDA, New England Patriots G LOGAN MANKINS, Chicago Bears G KYLE LONG, Miami Dolphins C MIKE POUNCEY, Cleveland Browns C ALEX MACK, Oakland Raiders FB MARCEL REECE, New England Patriots ST MATTHEW SLATER, Miami Dolphins P BRANDON FIELDS and Carolina Panthers LS J.J. JANSEN.
The first-ever Pro Bowl Draft will continue with 60 players still to be selected during a nationally televised three-hour primetime broadcast on NFL Network at 8:00 PM ET on Wednesday, January 22. Players selected on Tuesday will kick off Wednesday night’s live primetime draft show by walking the red carpet. Taped elements of Tuesday’s draft process also will be featured.
The 2014 Pro Bowl Draft is being held in Kapolei, Hawaii on the grounds of Lanikuhonua, adjacent to the JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa. All 88 Pro Bowl players are expected to be in attendance for Wednesday’s live show.
The 2014 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game will be televised live on Sunday, January 26, on NBC at 7:00 PM ET.
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