Minnesota Vikings players split among Pro Bowl teams
By Adam Carlson
The 2016 Pro Bowl draft was held, and players from the Minnesota Vikings will find themselves facing off against each other during the all-star game.
The draft to determine who will play for each team during the 2016 Pro Bowl was held last night, and it turns out that the 5 representatives from the Minnesota Vikings will be separated for the game.
For this year’s Pro Bowl, the team captains were two Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receivers: Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin and San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice. 34 players, mostly offensive and defensive linemen and none of which were Vikings players, were drafted prior to the event, leaving the more notable superstars around the league to have their names called during the live event.
Team Irvin won the coin toss and chose Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. After that, it was still a little while before the first Minnesota Vikings player had their name called. In fact, Adrian Peterson was the first Minnesota player off the board, going to Team Rice with his 7th round selection.
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The next members of the NFC North champions went in the 9th round, with Jerry Rice calling the name of defensive end Everson Griffen and Michael Irvin claiming linebacker Anthony Barr.
Round 16 saw Team Irvin get quarterback Teddy Bridgewater by default after Jerry Rice chose Buffalo Bills passer Tyrod Tayler.
Finally, in the final round of the Pro Bowl draft, hard-hitting Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith was claimed by Team Irvin.
Here is a recap of the Minnesota Vikings players picked in the 2016 Pro Bowl draft:
While the Pro Bowl isn’t a very meaningful game, it will be the last opportunity for fans to see these Minnesota Vikings players in action until the start of the 2016 NFL season. Because of that, it should be a fun game for the five selected players to both have some fun and put their skills on display in one of the most watched NFL games of the year.
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For the full Pro Bowl rosters, check out NFL.com. Also, don’t forget to tune in to the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 31 on ESPN. Check your local listings for time and availability.