Vikings’ Peterson first RB chosen in Pro Bowl Draft
WAHIAWA, Hawaii — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was selected with the first pick in the Pro Bowl Draft on Wednesday.
Wilson was chosen by Michael Irvin, who is serving as a Pro Bowl legend captain opposite fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for Sunday’s game.
Rice took New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning with his first pick, the second overall in the draft.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones went with the third choice to Team Irvin, and Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack was drafted by Team Rice with the fourth pick.
Irvin took defensive players with his next three picks — Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett — before drafting wide receivers A.J. Green of the Bengals and DeAndre Hopkins of the Texans in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.
Rice selected Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry with his third pick and went with the Raiders’ duo of quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper with his next two selections before taking the first running back, Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson, with his seventh-round pick.
Thirty-four players — mostly linemen and special teams players — were pre-drafted on Tuesday for the NFL’s all-star game. Forty-eight players will be drafted or assigned Wednesday.
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald are serving as active-player captains for Team Rice, while Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Geno Atkins are captains for Team Irvin.
Manning will be reunited with Beckham, his teammate in New York.
"Hopefully we can be on the same page and hook up and get a couple touchdowns. But I’m just happy to be here in Hawaii and with some of the other players around the NFL," Manning said. "It’s a great week and I’m just honored to be here."
The draft was held in an airplane hangar at Wheeler Army Airfield, located in the town of Wahiawa in the central plain of Oahu, the most populated of the Hawaiian Islands.
Only ticketed military members were allowed to attend the draft.
The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday at Aloha Stadium.