The 2015 NFL Pro Bowl takes place later this weekend down in Glendale, Arizona, and for the second straight year, there is a player draft. The draft actually started on Tuesday with a pre-selection show, but apparently I completely missed that. If you're wondering how much people care about this process, well there you have it.
The Tuesday "pre-selection" show involved selecting 26 players, 13 for each team. It covered a handful of position groups, including guards, centers, fullbacks, interior defensive linemen, kickers, punters, return specialists and special teamers. Michael Irvin and Cris Carter handled the process, with assistance from four team captains: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden and Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. Here is a rundown of the first 26 players.
The rest of the two rosters will be selected on Wednesday. That selection show gets started at 5 p.m. PT on NFL Network, and can be streamed online at NFLNetwork.com. This year, the San Francisco 49ers are represented by left tackle Joe Staley and strong safety Antoine Bethea. Left guard Mike Iupati was selected as well, but will not attend the game.
How many people will actually watch the Pro Bowl this year? I caught a little bit of the game last year, but not much.
When: Wednesday, 5 p.m. PT
TV: NFL Network
Online streaming: NFLNetwork.com