College and breeze origins of 2016 Pro Bowl players


At Wednesday’s Pro Bowl breeze during Wheeler Army Airfield in Wahiawa, Hawaii, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was selected with a No. 1 altogether pick by Team Irvin in the third annual 2016 Pro Bowl draft.

This is 74 spots progressing than where Wilson was comparison in a 2012 NFL Draft, when a Seahawks done him a sixth quarterback taken in that year’s draft. Any do-over of that year’s draft would place Wilson many closer to a No. 1 altogether mark than a No. 75 mark from 2012. Imagine how that would have altered a landscape of a NFL, that has been dominated by a Seahawks given Wilson’s arrival. That’s a contention for another time.

At this year’s Pro Bowl (Sunday on ESPN during 7 p.m. ET), Wilson is one of 4 players from Wisconsin, among 18 players from Big Ten schools, 11 players picked in a third turn and 13 players from a 2012 NFL Draft who were comparison for a league’s all-star event.

We’ve dissected a 2016 Pro Bowl rosters by NFL breeze rounds, breeze years, colleges and conferences. For clarity, a “Pro Bowl selection” includes all players voted to attend in a game, as good as those who were comparison to reinstate possibly harmed Pro Bowl picks or players holding partial in Super Bowl 50.

Here are some notable tidbits from a college football and breeze viewpoint for a 2016 Pro Bowl:


» It should as no warn to anybody who has even a walking believe of college football and a breeze that a SEC paced all conferences with a many Pro Bowl selections with 25. Following a SEC were a ACC (21), Pac-12 (20), Big Ten (18) and Big 12 (12). There are 10 Pro Bowl picks who came from non-FBS programs.

» Among schools, Georgia, LSU and USC any had 6 former players comparison to a 2016 Pro Bowl. The programs that paced a other conferences competence come as a surprise. The ACC is not led by Clemson — that played for a inhabitant championship this past deteriorate — or Florida State — that won a inhabitant pretension in 2013 and played in a initial College Football Playoff in 2014. Louisville and Pittsburgh have a many Pro Bowl picks for an ACC propagandize with 4 apiece. In a Big Ten, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin any lead a approach with 4 Pro Bowlers apiece. Oklahoma leads a Big 12 with 3 Pro Bowl selections, that is a same sum as Central Florida of a American Athletic Conference and a eccentric Notre Dame.


» Shippensburg has a Division II football program. In a history, Shippensburg has sent 5 sum players to a NFL. Two of those players — Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes and Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn — will take partial in a 2016 Pro Bowl. That sum matches a series of Pro Bowl selections for Alabama, that has won 3 inhabitant titles in football over a final 5 years, including this past season. Coastal Carolina — a playoff unchanging during a FCS turn — also had dual Pro Bowl picks. However, conjunction actor — cornerback Josh Norman or fullback Mike Tolbert — will take partial in a Pro Bowl due to Super Bowl obligations.

» This statistic should also come as no warn … if we mangle down a Pro Bowl rosters by breeze round, a initial turn simply paces a other rounds. It’s by how many that competence come as a bit of a shock. There are 68 players who were comparison to a Pro Bowl — possibly by opinion or as an damage or Super Bowl member deputy — who were first-round picks. In all of a other rounds, there are 48 Pro Bowl players. If we take into comment undrafted players, there are 61 Pro Bowlers. There are some-more Pro Bowlers who went undrafted than Pro Bowlers picked in any other turn beside a initial turn and a second turn (14 players).


» There are 10 players comparison in the initial round of a 2011 NFL Draft who were comparison to this year’s Pro Bowl, a many for any initial round. The initial rounds of a 2014 NFL Draft and a 2007 NFL Draft are tied for second many Pro Bowlers during 7 apiece. That 2007 category has 4 Pro Bowlers that one could make a clever box for enshrinement into a Pro Football Hall of Fame — far-reaching receiver Calvin Johnson, using behind Adrian Peterson, cornerback Darrelle Revis and descent tackle Joe Thomas.

» The 2011 NFL Draft category also has a many Pro Bowl selections with 17, with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton — the No. 1 altogether pick in that breeze — heading a approach and featuring some well-developed talents such as A.J. Green, Justin Houston, Julio Jones, Von Miller, Richard Sherman, Tyron Smith and J.J. Watt. This creates sense, with 5 seasons in a joining a players from this breeze category are in a primary of their careers.


So, it should come as no warn that a 2010 NFL Draft category has a second many Pro Bowl selections with 15. The 2012 NFL Draft category and a 2014 NFL Draft category any had 13 players comparison to a 2016 Pro Bowl.

» Newton is among 4 No. 1 altogether breeze picks who were comparison to a 2016 Pro Bowl. The others are Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (2015 draft), New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (2004 draft) and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (2003 draft).

Follow Jim Reineking on Twitter @jimreineking.

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