Pro Bowl draft begins with defensive tackles, and Suh is first pick

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The first-ever Pro Bowl draft began Tuesday with interior defensive linemen, and the No. 1 overall pick was one of the household names and disruptive forces at the position.

Ndamukong Suh, the Lions’ star defensive tackle, was the top selection on the first day of the Pro Bowl draft in Honolulu.

The NFL’s all-star game has discontinued its by-conference format in favor of a draft, which is being conducted by position.

Team Sanders, the team led by Deion Sanders, selected Suh. Then, Team Rice, captained by Jerry Rice, took Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, and the draft was in full swing.

Players at the following positions were selected on Day One: interior defensive linemen, offensive guards, centers, fullbacks, special-teams coverage players, punters and long-snappers. Players were selected at the positions until all players had been assigned to a team.

The following positions have yet to be drafted: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, defensive end, outside linebacker, inside linebacker, cornerback and safety.

Day Two of the draft is Wednesday.

Here is how each team drafted on Day One:

TEAM SANDERS

1. Lions DT Ndamukong Suh (No. 1 overall pick).

2. Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (3).

3. Chiefs NT Dontari Poe (5).

4. Ravens OG Marshal Yanda (8).

5. Patriots OG Logan Mankins (10).

6. Bears OG Kyle Long (12).

7. Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (13).

8. Browns C Alex Mack (15).

9. Raiders FB Marcel Reece (18).

10. Patriots ST Matthew Slater (19).

11. Dolphins P Brandon Fields (22).

12. Panthers LS J.J. Jansen (24).

Captains: Texans DL J.J. Watt, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.

Coach: Chuck Pagano (Colts).

TEAM RICE

1. Cowboys DT Jason Hatcher (2).

2. Bills DT Marcell Dareus (4).

3. Bills DT Kyle Williams (6).

4. Saints OG Jahri Evans (7).

5. Saints OG Ben Grubbs (9).

6. Eagles OG Evan Mathis (11).

7. Panthers C Ryan Kalil (14).

8. Jets C Nick Mangold (16).

9. Panthers FB Mike Tolbert (17).

10. Cardinals ST Justin Bethel (20).

11. Rams P Johnny Hekker (21).

12. Colts LS Matt Overton (23).

Captains: Saints QB Drew Brees, Rams DE Robert Quinn.

Coach: Ron Rivera (Panthers).

45 responses to “Pro Bowl draft begins with defensive tackles, and Suh is first pick

  1. This should be a crazy game. According to the above, there will be NO OFFENSIVE TACKLES!!!

    Can you say SACKFEST?

    Or is this just another example of rushing to be first and not reading what you wrote??

  2. I tried to be open minded, but this was some of the worst television I’ve ever subjected myself to. Between phony attempts at “draft strategy” and a just plain ridiculous idea, I don’t see a repeat of this next year.

    Awful.

  3. why were they the 4 captains? and why did only one of them get to pick a qb the first day? and why did they have to pick two captains at one time?

    i have about 30 more “why’s” but ill stop

  4. I like how they made the players dress up too

    They looked like jurassic park employees with their khaki shorts and polo shirt

  5. They really decided to take a dump on the NHLs good idea didn’t they? Why force them to take certain positions in certain rounds? And why is it separated into two nights? Did they even advertise it? I didn’t know it happened tonight.

  6. I can’t believe anyone is actually buying into this so-called “draft”. This whole sham of picking teams has been predetermined by the league. Anyone who think otherwise is crazy

  7. “The following positions have yet to be drafted: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, defensive end, outside linebacker, inside linebacker, cornerback and safety.”

    And offensive tackles

  8. Scrap this format right now.

    What moron drafts defense first for a game where nobody plays defense? Why draft OL when the DL just kind of stands there after every snap?

    QB, WRx3, RB and figure everything else out from there. A good return guy too.

    Jerry Rice really drafted a long snapper in the 1st rd? What NFL GM could get away with that?

  9. So has offensive tackle been eliminated from the pro bowl? You could end up with Matt Flynn in the pro bowl that way from all the other QBs opting out if that’s the case. That way he could say he quarterbacked 4 different teams this year

  10. Marcell and Kyle?

    Jerry Rice has more brain the Deion Sanders…but I’m sure we knew that! Lol.

    Go Bills!

  11. What ad wizard came up with this? Why do a draft if you are going to apply such a stupid process. It should mimic the NFL Draft in which you could pick any position anywhere.

  12. Maybe I’m alone in this but this did not do anything for me. The way the “draft” is set up is just in interesting. They couldn’t even steal from the NHL correctly…

  13. This isn’t a true draft if it merely a positional draft. A real draft allows a GM to make out his roster and draft it in the order he feels is best not…”Okay everybody, we’re drafting DTs first, then we’re going to end with long snappers.” yawn

    Game is a pointless farce anyway. How a guy like LaVonte David can be first team all-pro and have a season better than any other LBs in the last 20 years AND not make the Pro Bowl team is beyond ridiculous.

  14. I gave this program an F grade, and I watch anything that has to do with football and love it. But not this. This was really embarrassing to the league. Even Deion admitted he wasn’t prepared and confused. They couldn’t even get these big talkers into the process, let alone have the process be interesting or entertaining. So many things wrong with this format. And since when does a draft force you to go position by position so that you don’t hog another position from another team! So this wasn’t about selecting a team, it was about divvying up the players to have two teams built the same way.

    No fun at all and not interesting at all.

  15. The only way the Pro Bowl could be worse is if it were basketball.

    Actually… I would probably tune into Charles/Watt/Suh against Brees/Quinn/Hatcher in a game of three on three.

    So… I guess there’s that.

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