There's a new Pro Bowl in town. The "unconferenced" format means that Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will have their pick of players who are voted through to the Hawaii-based all-star game, with the possibility of teammates going head-to-head and much more.
So we decided to do something similar here at Pro Football Focus. Steve Palazzolo and I are going head-to-head picking our own Pro Bowl squads as we scrutinize the standout performers through Week 8. We've looked at the official Pro Bowl ballots, and based on who we're allowed to pick and what we value personally, have drafted our own set of starters -- Palazzolo's Prime Timers and Elsayed's Elites.
Below we break down our most contentious picks, avoiding the obvious selections such as Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, which are pretty self-explanatory. On the right side, you can view the entire roster for each squad, along with each player's grades.
Palazzolo's Prime Timers Breakdown
Darren Sproles, RB, Saints
Pick No. 24 | 2013 Grade: +9.3
While he's not your traditional running back, Sproles brings great versatility to the passing game. He leads all running backs with a plus-10.1 receiving grade and he also leads with 2.69 yards per route run. A real matchup problem.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns
Pick No. 21 | 2013 Grade: +8.6