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Report: NFL inching toward a Pro Bowl draft

Denver Broncos quarterback Manning of the AFC passes the ball during the second quarter of the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Reuters

The NFL continues to weigh using a draft to spice up the 2014 Pro Bowl and discussed the implementation of such plans this week, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Thursday.

La Canfora also reported that the NFL and NFLPA are generally on the same page on the prospect of a draft occurring this year, and he called a draft “increasingly likely.” According to La Canfora, drafting of teams could be televised in primetime.

The future of the Pro Bowl has much discussed in recent years, but the game will be played next January in Honolulu. The NFL generally has a good deal of leeway to alter the Pro Bowl via the collective bargaining agreement, including doing away with the game altogether. For now, the focus seems to be on looking at ways to change the product, not shelve it.

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  1. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2013 8:01 PM

    I’m betting on Peyton’s team over Eli’s. He gets Gabbert at quarterback with his first pick.

  2. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:01 PM

    So, in other words, the league is convinced that “a draft” will generate a lot of primetime interest, which will take the attention away from the actual pillow-fight known as the Pro Bowl.
    Brilliant!!!

  3. Iknoweverything says: Apr 4, 2013 8:03 PM

    Nobody cares about the Pro Bowl

  4. coltzfan166 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:05 PM

    Ok so how would this work? Like the coach picks the players he wants on the team? I don’t get it.

  5. Iknoweverything says: Apr 4, 2013 8:06 PM

    The Pro Bowl is irrelevent and nobody pays any attention to it.

    Much like the Patriots illegitimate titles.

  6. xviixxiixxvi says: Apr 4, 2013 8:06 PM

    People who still watch the Pro Bowl should be euthanized.

  7. redngold1 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:08 PM

    Shelve the game. Make trophies out of diamonds and gold, call them something cool like “pro-bowl trophies” and give them out to the players like the academy awards are given out. Do it at some fancy hotel in Hawaii. Get rid of the pretend game.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2013 8:09 PM

    The coach of the AFC team was ejected from the game for running onto the field and shouting instructions into the ears of each of the offensive linemen individually. Prior to the snap.

  9. orlandodawg says: Apr 4, 2013 8:11 PM

    So Profootballtalk.com what are you waiting on?? Unleash probowl mock draft 1.0!!!!

  10. showtyme34 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:14 PM

    Why doesn’t the NFL bring back the quarterback challenge/fastest man race/obstacle courses like they used to have. The only probowl moment that I can remember was Sean Taylor blowing up the punter. However, I do remember a lot of the other mini games that were played. I definitely used to look at them more than the actual game.

  11. dirtybird28 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:19 PM

    @orlandodawg I literally lol’ed let’s go PFT!!!

  12. beerbratscheese says: Apr 4, 2013 8:19 PM

    I don’t see the difference. It’s still going to be a bunch of premier players, playing half-azzed so they don’t get hurt.

  13. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 4, 2013 8:20 PM

    The article didn’t mention what’s been on the radio today about the date of the Pro Bowl. The NFL owners want to move the Pro Bowl back to after the Super Bowl so that the Redskins can play because they know ratings will be through the roof with Redskins in the game. HTTR.

  14. green41563 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:22 PM

    It’s as if they convened a meeting of all living Nobel laureates and had them divine a way to make this game even dumber.

  15. billsysabres says: Apr 4, 2013 8:24 PM

    Copying something from the nhl

  16. ramfan46 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:25 PM

    Just kill the Pro Bowl already!

    Go to Hawaii the week AFTER the Super Bowl

    Start letting the players vote for the Pro Bowlers

    Starting in 2014 go to Skills Competitions with each category winner getting a $50,000 bonus.

    You could have stuff like Fastest man, Longest throw, Longest Kick Off and Field Goal, Obstacle Courses, Tugowar…etc..

    Just let the players have fun and compete without killing their bodies. The Pro Bowl shouldn’t be a burden to the players body IMO.

  17. FinFan68 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:28 PM

    Anything to make a buck of the hopelessly stupid. How do ideas like this gain traction? I don’t know what is worse, the lawyers or the marketing guys. One makes the game more expensive while the other “cheapens” it.

  18. anarchopurplism says: Apr 4, 2013 8:31 PM

    I would SO rather watch a group of Pro Bowlers stand around while coaches picked teams than actually watch any marshmellow game.

    Who gets picked last? Who is the goofy nerd?

  19. nirvana504 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:37 PM

    Still not gonna watch

  20. donmcg2012 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:40 PM

    Just get rid of the pro bowl and be done with it Roger.

  21. EJ says: Apr 4, 2013 8:41 PM

    Idea: How about making the Pro Bowl more like the Grammy’s? Have a bunch of different categories like: -Play of the year
    -Best Linebacker
    -Game of the year
    -Best pass
    -Most amazing catch of the year

    Invite half of the players in the league, mostly players from each category. Have the fans vote online and by phone. Get Former NFL Players to present the players with trophies. Invite celebrities and make it a suit and tie event, red carpet. The NFL would be able to sell all sorts of advertising, the whole event would make millions and would be watched by millions. Anyone think this is a good idea?

  22. seabreezes51 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:41 PM

    The only discussion should be about how long the flags should be.

  23. realskipbayless says: Apr 4, 2013 8:44 PM

    It looks like I’m alone on this one reading all the other comments. I think the draft would be a fun way to get the probowl goin. And mostlikely you will see players that actually belong there instead of the popular vote crap. But then again I’m sure there will still be those players like tom Brady who think they’re too good for the probowl. They need to make it if you are selected you can’t miss it unless you are in the superbowl or if you are actually injured.

  24. spideysdog says: Apr 4, 2013 8:49 PM

    ummmm….. logicalvoicesays:

    why would owner’s want the Pro Bowl pushed till after the Super Bowl so the Redskins can play? Are Snyder and Shanahan demanding that their boys get a month off before playing an exhibition game?

  25. rtant2013 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:51 PM

    I would have agreed with everyone that the Pro Bowl sucks but this past years was actually pretty decent. It was a lot better then previous years in my opinion, and the players actually seemed like they cared. If I were Goddell, I would bring back all of the positional challenges, like the qb challenge, skills challenge so on and so forth. Every other sport has it, hell more people watch the dunk contest then the actual NBA all star game. I think that would be a lot better then a “pro bowl draft”, which really makes no sense. It will be biased by whoever is picking the players, just as it is now. Fans pick their favorite teams players, some don’t deserve it. Like Marshawn Lynch over Alfred Morris last year? When Morris broke records and was the steal of the draft.

  26. vpisteve99 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:51 PM

    The WNBA has a draft but no one watches those games. The problem with the Pro Bowl is the product – the game doesn’t mean much and is not compelling to watch.

    Drafts usually are only interesting because of the their potential impact on the actual game. Fans don’t care about the Pro Bowl itself so why would they care about a draft for it?

  27. neepo13 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:53 PM

    I think the real problem is that the NFL isolates the fans by having the game in Hawaii.

    I also think the NFL would do themselves some good by capitalizing on the football drought between February and August. Look at the way things like the draft and the combine have taken off. People are desperate for something, anything resembling real football starting like a month after the season. Move the game to May or July and see how much it takes off. There really is no downside. The game is powder puff anyway, so you don’t have to worry about guys getting hurt. And half the players bow out every year anyway, so your not really losing star power.

  28. spideysdog says: Apr 4, 2013 8:54 PM

    and yet….. the Pro Bowl STILL got better ratings than the World Series.

  29. therealraider says: Apr 4, 2013 8:57 PM

    … How about an actual NFL pro draft.. every 5 years a draft his held to reshape all NFL rosters .. kinda like Fantasy Draft in Madden…

  30. skol77 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:59 PM

    Something like the Superstar challenge they had back on wide world of sports on ABC. Rowing, bike riding, swimming, and the obstacle course. That stuff was really good. And it wasn’t just NFL, it was all sports.

    SKOL

  31. petedutcher says: Apr 4, 2013 9:03 PM

    Pro Bowl should only have rookies.

  32. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 4, 2013 9:37 PM

    This is good news.

  33. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 4, 2013 9:37 PM

    No more Matt Schaubs?

  34. Sideline Mob says: Apr 4, 2013 9:39 PM

    The way to settle this, get ratings and make the guys want to compete is to have the Reverse Pro Bowl (or Toilet Bowl). Have fans vote on the worst players in the NFL, then have them square off. The losers are crowned Toilet Bowl-ers.

    This way, we can put Sanchez and Tebow on opposing teams and see who really screwed the Jets. (Spoiler alert: they both did.)

  35. chris1019 says: Apr 4, 2013 10:03 PM

    I think a combo of the ideas above would be awesome. Do 3 days of skills competitions and interviews with our favorite players about the season and what not. Then have a prime time awards ceremony, real red-carpet stuff. Show off the best players and plays of the year with the actual game footage being shown. Invite some top music bids, get a comedian to host it and get some former players involved with some short classic footage to keep people involved in the history of the game. Then close it out with NFL player of the year which is chosen by fans. Genius. Mr. Goodell, I can start tomorrow and you don’t even need to pay for my plane ticket:)

  36. jeanmia says: Apr 4, 2013 10:10 PM

    They should do an all-star celebrity 2 quarter game, yes it would take a long time.finding almost two stars for every position but if the nfl put some actual effort into it, it could be a great success and ofcourse host it in the US mainland

  37. 1phd says: Apr 4, 2013 10:11 PM

    Turn it into a bowling tournament so it lives up to its name.

  38. officialgame says: Apr 4, 2013 10:14 PM

    Instead of the Pro Bowl we should have executives and owners fight each other in cage matches. I can see Big Howie Roseman against Lil Joey Banner or Jerry Facelift Jones vs Danny Boy Snyder.

  39. ron69 says: Apr 4, 2013 10:31 PM

    There should be an oscar type award show with red carpet and everything, one week after the superbowl, could match any award show in the biz.
    Probowl is a non-sense these days

  40. escoboltsfan says: Apr 4, 2013 10:45 PM

    In other news Peyton Manning’s forehead is inching toward the back of his head.

  41. FinFan68 says: Apr 4, 2013 10:53 PM

    realskipbayless, I don’t think you have that right. The selection process would be the same. Once selected, the player draft would happen in Hawaii (just like most of us used to do–two guys pick teams 1-by-1)

  42. hsteacher says: Apr 4, 2013 10:53 PM

    Unfortunately, the ProBowl has become what my Cowboys are; irrelavant……welcome to the club.

  43. bigshirk says: Apr 4, 2013 10:58 PM

    I still like the Nfl home run derby idea.

  44. mjkelly77 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:07 PM

    Forget the Pro Bowl. Have the pro team with the worst season record play a team of NCAA Football All Stars. That would be more interesting.

  45. mjkelly77 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:09 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:Apr 4, 2013 8:09 PM

    The coach of the AFC team was ejected from the game for running onto the field and shouting instructions into the ears of each of the offensive linemen individually. Prior to the snap.
    _______________

    Are you on drugs?

  46. calbsure says: Apr 5, 2013 12:25 AM

    Let the players of the practice squads of all the teams have at it. Throw in a couple of 3rd string QBs to boot and you would have entertainment. At least their well rested.

  47. liquidmuse says: Apr 5, 2013 12:25 AM

    Probably as a hockey thing—pick a captain, he picks his team, & then the captain rallies the team to care a little more. Worth a shot…

  48. winstonpark says: Apr 5, 2013 12:32 AM

    The winner of the Pro Bowl game gets home field advantage in the Superbowl next year.

  49. bhindenemylines says: Apr 5, 2013 12:32 AM

    logicailvoicesays says: Apr 4, 2013 8:20 PM

    The article didn’t mention what’s been on the radio today about the date of the Pro Bowl. The NFL owners want to move the Pro Bowl back to after the Super Bowl so that the Redskins can play because they know ratings will be through the roof with Redskins in the game. HTTR.
    ********************************

    The skins’ players have had the week before the Super Bowl available every year since 1991.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  50. mastermathias19 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:36 AM

    The NFL needs to generate fan interest in the Pro Bowl because that is what the NFL is going to look like in about 20 years.

  51. omegalh says: Apr 5, 2013 12:37 AM

    I can’t WAIT for the probowl mock draft.

  52. rajbais says: Apr 5, 2013 12:47 AM

    spideysdog says:
    Apr 4, 2013 8:54 PM

    and yet….. the Pro Bowl STILL got better ratings than the World Series.

    @spideysdog

    Thank you!!! NFL, stop being dumb with this!!!

    You already messed up with the Bounty Scandal!!!

  53. anthonyverna says: Apr 5, 2013 1:00 AM

    Well, this idea hasn’t worked for the NHL.

    (I bet you didn’t realize the NHL did this for the all-star game.)

  54. buccfaninhawkeyecountry says: Apr 5, 2013 1:12 AM

    Ha of course people would watch the draft. They got a freakin diving show with celebrities (which I can proudly say I’ve never seen) and people watch that.

  55. musicman495 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:12 AM

    EJ says: Apr 4, 2013 8:41 PM

    Idea: How about making the Pro Bowl more like the Grammy’s? Have a bunch of different categories like: -Play of the year
    -Best Linebacker
    -Game of the year
    -Best pass
    -Most amazing catch of the year

    Invite half of the players in the league, mostly players from each category. Have the fans vote online and by phone. Get Former NFL Players to present the players with trophies. Invite celebrities and make it a suit and tie event, red carpet. The NFL would be able to sell all sorts of advertising, the whole event would make millions and would be watched by millions. Anyone think this is a good idea?
    ———————
    ESPN calls it the ESPYs. And it is not watched by millions.

  56. mythaimyke says: Apr 5, 2013 2:09 AM

    Dump the PRO BOWL!

  57. jthom19802 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:32 AM

    Spideys beat me to it. The NFL seems so concerned about a lack of attention paid to the Pro Bowl, because it doesn’t garnish ratings like a regular season game.

    Yet the week leading up to it still gets half as much money (from the NFL Experience in Hawaii, similar to the Super Bowl), and the ratings still do better than the fricken World Series.

    In comparison to even a boring regular season game it will never be a top draw. Deal with it, NFL. Do whatever you want; have drafts, bring back the competitions (miss the heck out of the QB challenge), put in more monetary incentives, all of that. I’m all for it.

    End of the day it will still just be a nothing event that still makes you a quarter billion dollars and stabs World Series ratings in the heart. Be happy with that and move on.

  58. spfripp says: Apr 5, 2013 3:34 AM

    neepo13 says:
    Apr 4, 2013 8:53 PM
    I think the real problem is that the NFL isolates the fans by having the game in Hawaii.

    I also think the NFL would do themselves some good by capitalizing on the football drought between February and August. Look at the way things like the draft and the combine have taken off. People are desperate for something, anything resembling real football starting like a month after the season. Move the game to May or July and see how much it takes off. There really is no downside. The game is powder puff anyway, so you don’t have to worry about guys getting hurt. And half the players bow out every year anyway, so your not really losing star power.

    7 6

    _______________________\

    You have no idea how many football fans are in Hawaii. If the Pats, Cowboys, Raiders or Niners had an exhibition game here it would be sold out. Fact is there are better things to do than spend a day watching a game that doesn’t offer much excitement.

  59. aprilwalker2013 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:49 AM

    Love idea from “neepoo13″!?? I miss my football!! Too long between seasons!! Like having pro bowl in may or so!! Think it would turn around!! HTTR

  60. mlhlite says: Apr 5, 2013 5:02 AM

    I’m with showtyme34 I enjoyed the wide world of sports type competition, for me they don’t even need to play the game. Hell they can even push back the game for locovoiceIRg3 & after the HTTR parade if they want, but I do miss the punt kick pass type challenge

  61. dabrownsrule says: Apr 5, 2013 5:35 AM

    The real problem is it’s what the NFL wants to turn football into. Good luck with that Roger…

  62. alstottwastheman says: Apr 5, 2013 5:57 AM

    What an original idea NFL. Maybe this is something the NHL should look into to…

  63. greyhawk9 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:09 AM

    you can still name pro bowlers as always….but since nobody wants to get hit or even play half the time. just have a skills competitions for each position or something

  64. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 5, 2013 9:10 AM

    This way they can choose which players they want to play half speed with in the meaningless game. It’s still going to be a JOKE.

  65. 49erstim says: Apr 5, 2013 9:20 AM

    Ok kids…. They will NOT do away with the Pro Bowl. It garners ratings. It makes them money! It isn’t going anywhere. In fact I bet that half of the people here that are whining about it actually do watch the game. The game is powder-puff by its very nature. It is an exhibition game designed to be high scoring with little defense to get in the way….In other words what the Lions do! Now I’m all for banning the Lions! :-)

  66. steelerben says: Apr 5, 2013 11:22 AM

    The NFL has gotten wussy enough without turning games, even exhibition games, into awards ceremonies. Leave red carpet events to Hollywood. If you want to watch that crap, go see the Oscars.

    I do think the skills competitions were pretty sweet. I remember watching Darrell Green and Rod Woodson running to be the fastest man in the NFL. That was fun.

    Have the skills competition be NFC vs AFC with the captains being the players with the most fan selection votes from each conference. Have the game be played after the Super Bowl, so everyone can be in it.

    Have the game a real one where any player that is injured has his contract payed by the NFL for the next season. A week of festivities that can be aired on the NFL network leading up to a game on NBC in prime time should more than pay for that.

  67. marcg1957 says: Apr 5, 2013 12:04 PM

    musicman495 says:

    Apr 5, 2013 1:12 AM
    EJ says: Apr 4, 2013 8:41 PM

    Idea: How about making the Pro Bowl more like the Grammy’s? Have a bunch of different categories like: -Play of the year
    -Best Linebacker
    -Game of the year
    -Best pass
    -Most amazing catch of the year

    Invite half of the players in the league, mostly players from each category. Have the fans vote online and by phone. Get Former NFL Players to present the players with trophies. Invite celebrities and make it a suit and tie event, red carpet. The NFL would be able to sell all sorts of advertising, the whole event would make millions and would be watched by millions. Anyone think this is a good idea?
    ———————
    ESPN calls it the ESPYs. And it is not watched by millions.

    ————————-
    They already have the NFL awards evening the night before the SB. They’ve been holding this award night for 2 years now.

  68. marcg1957 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:52 PM

    On both occasions the NFL Awards Gala (the night before the SB) was hosted by Alec Baldwin.

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