By glenn erby

The NFL is pulling out all the stops for it’s inaugural Pro Bowl Draft.

with the Pro Bowl no longer having an AFC vs. NFC theme, the NFL announced this week that the first-ever “Pro Bowl Draft” will take place on Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

It will be held the week before Super Bowl week is to begin.

* All 88 players will be in attendance. Captains Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will draft 44 each, obviously. Somewhat strangely, 22 of those 88 players will be drafted ahead of time (non-glamour guys, of course). Because I’m sure NFLN couldn’t possibly have squeezed those extra picks into their three-hour program.

* The top two offensive vote getters and the top two defensive vote getters will be captains as well, working below Rice and Sanders, I suppose. Said captains can’t be from teams that played in the conference championship. And as per usual, neither Super Bowl team will send players to Hawaii for the game.

* The 86 Pro Bowlers (two long snappers will be named later) will be announced on Dec. 27. It goes without saying that said announcement will be aired live in NFL Network.

I’m interested in seeing how this plays out, and how well it is received.

H/T Awful Announcing

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