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1. Miami Dolphins: Tom Brady, quarterback, Patriots. Is there any doubt about this one? Though he’s now 30 years old, Brady will make any team a contender until the day he retires. Agree – Flip a coin, heads or tails with Manning & Brady. If someone can dish out a great, well-thought legitimate opinion/explanation telling why one is significantly, head ‘n shoulders above the other – Then I’d Love To Hear It!
2. St. Louis Rams: Jared Allen, defensive end, Vikings. Allen is an absolute beast, arguably the best defensive player in the league. And he’s only 26. My Choice: Devin Hester, WR/KR/PR, Bears. Why Not!?!? The “Windy City Flyer”, the NFL’s greatest returner ever, would certainly spark the Rams special teams unit, provide a lift on offense, and help sell tickets, while using his SPEED to revive “The Greatest Show On Turf”! Hester would ignite St. Louis and imagine what he could do on the indoor track-like surface with that blazing quickness and elusiveness of his! His moves would electrify the Dome and he guarantees the offense at least the 40-yard line, benefiting the team’s scoring chances with excellent field position while teams try to kick away from him. Perfect fit for a struggling Rams squad which is in need of some young talent in order to rejuvenate an offense that features an aging Torry Holt.
3. Atlanta Falcons: Peyton Manning, quarterback, Colts. The Falcons need to put a new face on the franchise. Manning gives them a whole head. And a big one at that. Agree – Toss-up between Brady & Manning.
4. Oakland Raiders: LaDainian Tomlinson, running back, Chargers. Making this pick, I factored in the strong possibility that the Raiders would do something screwy, like select a guy who is starting to show signs of being on the downside of his career. But, hey, it would hurt a division rival, so why not? Agree – Of Course!
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Joe Thomas, left tackle, Browns. Thomas is entering only his second year, but he’s already on track to have a dozen or more seasons of dominance at the most important position on the offensive line. My Choice: Marcus McNeill, OT, Chargers. At 6-foot 7, 336 pounds, the former Auburn Tiger Standout is the best OL in the NFL because he has the best size, strength, and agility for a big man. McNeill, a powerful run blocking lineman, would be the cornerstone on any O-Line and would greatly benefit Kansas City’s pass protection, as they need it with Croyle running the show. K.C. steals an All-Pro from their division rival Chargers.
6. New York Jets: Richard Seymour, defensive end, Patriots. The NFL’s version of the Hatfields and McCoys continues. Seymour is a future Hall of Famer with plenty of gas left in the tank. Agree. Close Call between Seymour & Dwight Freeney. New York Jets contemplate – while looking at choosing a back @ 6 with Steven Jackson – eyeing a replacement for Thomas Jones.
7. New England Patriots: Darelle Revis, cornerback, Jets. See No. 6. Besides, Revis is on track to become the best cornerback in the league. And it would absolutely kill the Jets to lose him to the Pats. My Choice: Ed Reed, S, Ravens. Reed is still a flat-out ballhawk in the secondary and Rodney Harrison isn’t getting any younger. Surely N.E. needs to upgrade their pass defense and Reed would be the man to help turn things around. Reed is a threat to take it to the house each times he touches the rock and he can deliver vicious hits on a consistent basis too. He is a balanced DB and he’s more of a finished product (still young, 29) than Revis (no guarantee), while also bringing “swagger” and leadership to an already confident bunch on D. Reed’s ability as a Safety – 2nd To None.
8. Baltimore Ravens: Eli Manning, quarterback, Giants. In Eli, the Ravens might finally find their answer at quarterbackâ€”that is, if January and February weren’t a fluke. Agree. Close Call between Eli & Rivers…
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Patrick Willis, linebacker, 49ers. The best young linebacker in the league would fill one of Cincy’s most pressing needs. (He’d be even more attractive to them with an arrest or two under his belt.) Agree. Mark It Down: Willis becomes not only the best MLB, but will be called the best overall linebacker in the NFL after ’08.
10. New Orleans Saints: Kevin Williams, defensive tackle, Vikings. The Saints need lots of help in the “keep the other team from scoring more points than us” aspect of the game, and the disruptive Williams would make the rest of the defense better, instantly. My Choice: Julius Peppers, DE, Panthers. So Julius had an off-year… He’s still one of the best three DE’s in the NFL (Super Mario, Freeney). I believe Peppers would help New Orleans’ improving (Added Vilma) defensive unit, making his presence felt, providing more of an impact than Kevin Williams. Peppers/Will Smith off the edge is a nightmare for opposing QB’s!
11. Buffalo Bills: Larry Fitzgerald, receiver, Cardinals. The Bills are looking for a guy to complement Lee Evans. Why not take a guy who’s even better? My Choice: Vince Young, QB, Titans. Young is going to improve and I believe he will develop into an elite QB in a couple of years. Soon enough he will make his strides and improve his overall passing skills. Buffalo needs QB more than WR – Trent Edwards isn’t exactly the answer to the Bills’ signal caller dilemma. Combine Young/Marshawn Lynch, and you have a potent backfield combination that has the chance to dominate for the next decade.
13. Carolina Panthers: Walter Jones, left tackle, Seahawks. Sure, he’s getting old. But he’d tremendously help a Panthers offense that needs to improve right now. My Choice: Larry Johnson, RB, Chiefs. At this point in his young career, DeAngelo Williams is an excellent 3rd down back who needs someone to help carry the load, while the addition of Johnson makes it clear: Carolina’s rushing attack is a force to be reckoned with, if they select a power back. Apparently (one of worst offenses in ’07), the Panthers offense could use a boost by having another difference maker on the field.
14. Chicago Bears: Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Steelers. Big Ben would stabilize a quarterback position that has been largely in shambles since the days of Sid Luckman. Agree. Just what Chicago needs – a QB that can be a true leader able to stand strong in the pocket when pressure arrives, as a passer who is mobile enough to elude on-coming blitzers.
15. Detroit Lions: Carson Palmer, quarterback, Bengals. At this point, any team without Chad Johnson on the roster would be an oasis for Palmer. Even the Lions. Agree. Unless they can somehow get Brett Favre out of retirement by sticking it to their division rivals.