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The 2016 Pro Bowl Draft Show presented by USAA will be nationally televised on Wednesday, January 27 on ESPN2 at 7:30 PM ET.
All 88 Pro Bowl players are expected to attend the live show, which will be held at the Army’s historic Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii.
The initial selections for the 2016 Pro Bowl were made on Tuesday by the NFL Legend team captains, Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice. Five-time Pro Bowler Darren Woodson (Team Irvin) and two-time Pro Bowler Eric Davis (Team Rice), who are serving as defensive co-captains, assisted Irvin and Rice in the selection process.
Rice won a coin toss at Tuesday’s press conference and elected to choose New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. and St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the active player captains, to help determine the roster as the first members of Team Rice.
Irvin was assigned Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins and Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, the other players designated as active player captains. Irvin was also awarded the first selection in Tuesday’s pre-selection and Wednesday’s draft because Rice picked the active captain pairing.
The 34 players (17 per team) who were drafted yesterday from certain position groups — tackles, guards, centers, interior defensive linemen, inside/middle linebackers, fullbacks, punters, kickers, return specialists and special teamers — will all be revealed for the first time during the live show on ESPN2.
The remaining players will be drafted tonight during ESPN2’s live telecast, which will also include taped elements from the previous day’s pre-selection process.
The 2016 Pro Bowl presented by USAA will be played on Sunday, January 31 and televised live on ESPN at 7:00 PM ET from Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.
Front Office Structure
Active Player Captains
Offense: Each Pro Bowl team must have 21 players on Offense in the following positions:
Defense: Each Pro Bowl team must have 18 players on Defense in the following positions:
Special Teams: Each Pro Bowl team must have five (5) players on Special Teams in the following positions:
Draft Eligible Players