- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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Selected by Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice in the 16th round, Marshall was passed over by alumni team captain Deion Sanders, a Hall of Fame cornerback. Marshall walked slowly toward Sanders shortly after he was drafted while giving his reaction to being selected.
“You couldn’t guard me,” Marshall jokingly said. “Them DBs you picked, they’re not gonna be able to guard me.”
Perhaps he’s correct. Under the old AFC versus NFC format in 2012, Marshall -- then a member of the Miami Dolphins -- caught six passes for 174 yards and a record four touchdowns en route to earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Pro Bowl. On Tuesday, Rice and Sanders selected 14 players apiece, with rookie guard Kyle Long landing on the latter’s squad as an assigned player.
Some of the defensive backs Marshall will face off against on Sanders' team include Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis, Eric Berry, Brent Grimes, T.J. Ward, Eric Weddle, and his own teammate Tim Jennings.
Marshall joins fellow receiver Alshon Jeffery (sixth round) and Matt Forte (19th round) as selections made by Rice whose team will be quarterbacked by Saints quarterback Drew Brees and coached by former Chicago Bear and current Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera.
Jennings was assigned to Sanders' team, which will be coached by Indianapolis' Chuck Pagano, in the 20th round.
So it'll be interesting to see the five Chicago Bears Pro Bowlers square off on Sunday night.
This week’s Pro Bowl draft represents part of a format change implemented last July in an attempt to bring life back into the league’s annual all-star game. With Rice and Sanders serving as alumni team captains, both have a say in which players end up on the teams, but player captains are also given input in picking the teams. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles serve as the captains on Sanders’ team, while Brees and St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn are the captains for Rice’s team.