It took awhile, but Andy Dalton finally heard his name called in the 2015 Pro Bowl draft. He was assigned to Team Carter in the 20th round, because once a team fills its roster limit for a position, the other team is assigned the remaining players at that position.
After Team Irvin took Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan, Dalton was automatically assigned to Team Carter.
Dalton, the seventh alternate at quarterback, drew a lot of criticism for getting selected into the Pro Bowl after a subpar season, but at the end of the day, opposing players' opinion of Dalton matters more than fans or media.
In his fourth NFL season, Dalton led the Bengals to a fourth-straight playoff appearance and a third-straight season with double-digit victories. He had three fourth-quarter comeback victories in 2014, two against Baltimore and one vs. Denver while also leading a fourth-quarter comeback vs. Carolina, which ended in a tie.
Dalton joined Baltimore’s Joe Flacco as the only starting QBs in the Super Bowl era to lead a team to the postseason in each of his first four pro campaigns. He posted a career-best completion percentage on the season, at 64.1 percent, and passed for 3,398 yards, 19 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.