Before day two of the first annual NFL Pro Bowl Draft began tonight, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker took to his Twitter account to campaign for one of the game’s captains, Deion Sanders, to take him with his first selection.

Tucker had to wait a little longer than that, but he was ultimately drafted by Sanders’ team, which will oppose fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Rice’s squad Sunday night at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

Tucker joins his other two Pro Bowl teammates – guard Marshal Yanda and rush linebacker Terrell Suggs – on Sanders’ team, which is being captained by Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

Yanda, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was selected on the first day of the draft on Tuesday by Sanders’ team. Suggs, named to his sixth Pro Bowl, was drafted a couple of rounds before Tucker, who will make his Pro Bowl debut Sunday.

Tucker, who signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent, joked about his status on Twitter before the draft. “Today, I'll be drafted for the first time. Yusssss,” he wrote.

Suggs, meanwhile, killed the time before his eventual selection by tweeting out pictures of him posing with Tucker and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. But as his wait in the “green room” extended, Suggs tweeted, “Now, I’m Bored.”

Nose tackle Haloti Ngata, the fourth Raven selected to the Pro Bowl, dropped out of the game last week because his wife is preparing to give birth to the couple’s third son.   

This year’s Pro Bowl format was overhauled in the offseason, with league officials hoping that the changes will create more fan interest in the game and prompt players to take it more seriously.

The biggest change was players being selected to the game regardless of their conference affiliation. Instead of the AFC versus the NFC, Rice and Sanders – former teammates and competitors - drafted the two sides.

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