2016 NFL Pro Bowl roster: Who's in? Who was snubbed?

The 2016 Pro Bowl will be held on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, a week before Super Bowl 50, which will take place at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Pro Bowl will be broadcast live on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

For the third year in a row, the game will feature "unconferenced" teams with players selected not based on their AFC or NFC affilation (though, for convenience, we've separated them by conference below) but voting by fans, coaches and players. The alumni captains for the game: Hall of Fame wide receivers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice. The Pro Bowl selection draft will be held on Jan. 27.

Scroll down for those players who should have made the Pro Bowl roster but didn't (for now, anyway).





QB Tom Brady, Patriots
QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers 

RB LeSean McCoy, Bills

WR Antonio Brown, Steelers
WR A.J. Green, Bengals
WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
WR Brandon Marshall, Jets

TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs
TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

FB Marcel Reece, Raiders

OT Andrew Whitworth, Bengals

C Alex Mack, Browns
C Mike Pouncey, Dolphins

OG David DeCastro, Steelers
OG Marshal Yanda, Ravens

QB Cam Newton, Panthers
QB Carson Palmer, Cardinals
QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers
QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks

RB Devonta Freeman, Falcons
RB Todd Gurley, Rams
RB  Doug Martin, Buccaneers
RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
RB Jonathan Stewart, Panthers 

WR Odell Beckham, Giants
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
WR Calvin Johnson, Lions
WR Julio Jones, Falcons

TE Greg Olsen, Panthers

FB Mike Tolbert, Panthers

OT Jason Peters, Eagles
OT Tyron Smith, Cowboys
OT Joe Staley, 49ers
OT Trent Williams, Redskins

C Travis Frederick, Cowboys
C Ryan Kalil, Panthers

OG Mike Iupati, Cardinals
OG Zack Martin, Cowboys
OG Josh Sitton, Packers
OG Trai Turner, Panthers 



DE Chandler Jones, Patriots
DE Khalil Mack, Raiders
DE J.J. Watt, Texans
DE  Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets

DT Geno Atkins, Bengals

OLB Jamie Collins, Patriots
OLB Tamba Hali, Chiefs
OLB Justin Houston, Chiefs
OLB  Von Miller, Broncos
OLB DeMarcus Ware, Broncos 

CB Malcolm Butler, Patriots
CB Chris Harris, Broncos
CB Marcus Peters, Chiefs
CB Darrelle Revis, Jets
CB Aqib Talib, Broncos

S Reggie Nelson, Bengals
S Eric Berry, Chiefs
Charles Woodson, Raiders

DE Ezekiel Ansah, Lions
DE Michael Bennett, Seahawks

DT Calais Campbell, Cardinals
DT Fletcher Cox, Eagles
DT Aaron Donald, Rams
DT Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers  
DT Kawann Short, Panthers 

OLB Thomas Davis, Panthers

ILB NaVorro Bowman, 49ers
ILB Luke Kuechly, Panthers
ILB Clay Matthews, Packers
ILB Bobby Wagner, Seahawks 

CB Josh Norman, Panthers
CB Patrick Peterson, Cardinals
CB Richard Sherman, Seahawks 

S Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals
S Earl Thomas, Seahawks
S Kam Chancellor, Seahawks

Special Teams

Special Teams

K Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

P Sam Koch, Ravens

ST Matthew Slater, Patriots

Dan Bailey, Cowboys

Johnny Hekker, Rams

RS Darren Sproles, Eagles 
RS Tyler Lockett, Seahawks 

ST Justin Bethel, Cardinals


No Pro Bowl list would be complete without those left out. So here you go, the snubs:

1. Mike Daniels, DE, Packers. Maybe the best player a lot of people haven't heard of. So good, in fact, that the Packers just signed him to a four-year, $42 million extension.

2. Gary Barnidge, TE, Browns. Like Daniels, Barnidge just earned a contract extension. And like Daniels, no one would've said a word had Barnidge been named to the Pro Bowl. He has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal Browns season.

3. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Steelers. At 32 years old, he's the NFL's second-oldest running back behind Fred Jackson. Williams has had a renaissance in Pittsburgh where he has filled in admirably for injured Le'Veon Bell.

4. Derrick Johnson, LB, Chiefs. One of the unintended consequences to playing on one of the league's best defenses is that somebody gets overlooked when award season rolls around. Unfortunately, Johnson drew the short straw, though he probably won't much care if the Chiefs get on a playoff roll.

5. Ronald Darby, CB, Bills. The rookie out of Florida State had a more consistent season than Peters, though Peters' numbrers were off the charts. Either way, if coach Rex Ryan had the rest of the Bills defense playing like Darby, they would still be in the playoff mix.

Honorable mentions: Andy Dalton, Bengals QB; Eric Decker, Jets WR; Darius Slay, Lions CB, Marcus Gilbert, Steelers, RT.

And here's CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora's list of players who drew the short straw:


There is good news, however; almost all the names on the snubbed list will end up in the Pro Bowl, because a good percentage of those announced to the 2016 team on Tuesday will withdraw due to exhaustion, injury or just about any other reason you can think of.

Data curated by PointAfter

According to the Nielsen Ratings, 8.8 million viewers watched the Pro Bowl last January, and 11.4 million watched the year before.

The Pro Bowl returns to Hawaii after the game was played in Arizona last year. It will take place on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 in Aloha Stadium, a week before Super Bowl 50.

JJ Watt poses with cheerleaders at the 2015 Pro Bowl in Arizona. (USATSI)
J.J. Watt poses with cheerleaders at the 2015 Pro Bowl in Arizona. (USATSI)
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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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