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2011 PRO BOWL ROSTER REPORT

Anyone wondering what all the fuss about the NFL draft is only has to take a look at players named to this year's Pro Bowl teams. Granted, the Pro Bowl voting isn't a pure science with players popularity and reputations sometimes counting as much, if not more, that actual on-field production. That may be especially true this year with very unscientific fan polls - where anyone can vote early and vote often - counting for a third of the final totals. Still, the Pro Bowl can be a reasonably accurate barometer of who the best players in the league are at this time. And what that barometer tells us is that just about all the top players in the league were indeed drafted and the majority came to their teams as premium picks. 

<>Overall, 70 0f the 76 the positional players selected to this year's Pro Bowl teams, or 92%, were drafted. In fact, over half of this year's AFC and NFC Pro Bowl positional players - 42 of the 76 or 55% - were first round picks, while almost 80% were selected in the opening three rounds. On the other hand, just 6 players players who were not drafted coming out of college - 8% of the total - made this year's Pro Bowl rosters, a figure that is consistent with numbers in the 2000s, although there has been some fluctutaion.

Also of note is the fact that all of this year's undrafted Pro Bowlers - New England WR Wes Welker, Tennessee RB Arian Foster, San Diego TE Antonio Gates, Philadelphia OT Jason Peters, New England OG Brian Waters, and Green Bay FB John Kuhn - play on offense. In contrast, 26 of this year's 34 defensive Pro Bowlers - over 75% - were first-round draft picks coming out of college.

In terms of speciic positions, 5 of 6 players selected to this year's Pro Bowl at each CB, DT and OLB were former first round draft picks, while the figure was 4 out of 6 for QBs, OTs and DEs. And the old adage that star RBs can be found outside the first round gets some support from this year's Pro Bowl squads as not one of the 6 backs named to this year's event were first-round picks coming out of college, although 4 were second rounders and a 5th was selected in the third. In contrast, all 4 Pro Bowl MLBs, a position which is often an afterthought on draft day, were first-round picks.

Breakdown of 2011 Pro Bowl positional players, by draft status
    Position  Total  Rd 1 Rd 
    2-3
    Rd 
    4+
    Total
    drafted 
    Total % 
    drafted
    Not 
    drafted
    QB
     6
    4
    1
    1
    6
    100%
    0
    RB
     6
    0
    5
    0
    5
    83%
    1
    WR
    8
    3
    3
    1
    7
    88%
    1
    OT
    6
    4
    0
    1
    5
    83%
    1
    OG
    6
    2
    1
    2
    5
    83%
    1
    C
    4
    2
    1
    1
    4
    100%
    0
    TE
    4
    1
    2
    0
    3
    75%
    1
    FB
    2
    0
    0
    1
    1
    50%
    1
    DE
    6
    4
    0
    2
    6
    100%
    0
    DT
    6
    5
    0
    1
    6
    100%
    0
    OLB
    6
    5
    1
    0
    6
    100%
    0
    MLB
    4
    4
    0
    0
    4
    100%
    0
    CB
    6
    5
    1
    0
    6
    100%
    0
    S
    6
    3
    3
    0
    6
    100%
    0
    Total
    76
    42
    18
    10
    70
    7%
    6

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