The NFL’s best and brightest will share the field at the 2019 Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 27th at 3:00 in Orlando, Florida. It will be the third installment of the NFC-AFC format since the league switched back from a school yard pick style for seasons 2013-2015.
As always, there are some well-deserved picks this year as well as some significant snubs, so in the following article we will run down the roster and evaluate who got in, who didn’t, and what to expect for this Sunday’s game!
AFC Roster Highlights:
- Wide receiver: Tyreek Hill*, Kansas City Chiefs; Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers; JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers; Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns
- Tight end: Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts; Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
- Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes*, Kansas City Chiefs; Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers; Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts; Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
- Running back: James Conner*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers; Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
- Fullback: Anthony Sherman*, Kansas City Chiefs
- Defensive end: Myles Garrett*, Cleveland Browns; Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers; Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Denver Broncos; Dee Ford, Kansas City Chiefs; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Inside linebacker: C.J. Mosley*, Baltimore Ravens; Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans
- Cornerback: Xavien Howard*, Miami Dolphins; Jalen Ramsey*, Jacksonville Jaguars; Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots; Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns; Chris Harris Jr., Denver Broncos
- Free safety: Derwin James*, Los Angeles Chargers; Eric Weddle, Baltimore Ravens
- Kicker: Jason Myers*, New York Jets
- Return specialist: Andre Roberts*, New York Jets
AFC Roster Snubs:
Darius Leonard, LB, Indianapolis- As the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year, Leonard lead the entire NFL in tackles with 111, including 12 for a loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles. That total is a full nine ahead of Dallas’ Leighton Vander Esch, who finished second in tackles and got the nod for the game.
NFC Roster Highlights
- Wide receiver: Michael Thomas*, New Orleans Saints; Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings; Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers; Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Tight end: George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers; Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
- Quarterback: Drew Brees*, New Orleans Saints; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers; Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears
- Running back: Todd Gurley*, Los Angeles Rams; Saquon Barkley, New York Giants; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
- Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, San Francisco 49ers
- Defensive end: Cameron Jordan*, New Orleans Saints; DeMarcus Lawrence*, Dallas Cowboys; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings
- Outside linebacker: Ryan Kerrigan*, Washington Redskins; Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings, Olivier Vernon, New York Giants
- Inside linebacker: Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks; Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys
- Cornerback: Kyle Fuller*, Chicago Bears; Patrick Peterson*, Arizona Cardinals; Darius Slay, Detroit Lions; Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys
- Free safety: Eddie Jackson*, Chicago Bears; Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings
- Kicker: Aldrick Rosas*, New York Giants
- Return specialist: Tarik Cohen*, Chicago Bears
NFC Roster Snubs
Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers was not selected as one of the running backs this year. McCaffrey was one of the lone bright spots on a poor Panthers team. In only his second year in the league, he amassed 1,098 yards and helped his team stay in the playoff race for most of the season until the wheels fell off in the last month.
On offense, look for the Indianapolis Colts Duo of QB Andrew Luck and WR Eric Ebron to make waves; the two were dynamic in the regular season, connecting on several high-impact plays during the Colts amazing late-season run. Keep your eyes on the field whenever they are together at the same time, because that’s when you are likely to see some magic.
On defense, there are several candidates for MVP such as JJ Watt of Houston, who was second overall in Sacks during the regular season behind Super Bowl-bound Aaron Donald of the Rams. Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams might also get the nod for MVP as more of a sentimental pick, as he is set to retire after this season.
* Indicates starter