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Pick ten players to build an NFL team

jking948

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So I saw this cool article on ESPN about picking ten NFL players to build a team... the only catch is that the rest of your roster are replacement-level players, I.e., backups. Your goal is to win a Super Bowl over the next three years, no salary cap concerns, and health/injuries do matter.


I made two rosters. The first one I designed is about giving a QB time to make long throws down field while having a defense that can limit the passing game.

1) Pat Mahomes, QB
2) David Bakhitiari, LT
3) Mitchell Schwartz, RT
4) Quenton Nelson, LG
5) Odell Beckham Jr, WR
6) Jalen Ramsey, CB
7) Stephon Gilmore, CB
8) DeAndre Hopkins, WR
9) Luke Kuechly, MLB
10) Aaron Donald, DT

After thinking about it a bit, though, I still wonder if the only way to build a line that can withstand a pass rush is with five good linemen, I.e., no replacement players. Consequently, I decided to make a "no O-Line" team that is designed to get the ball out quickly and generate lots of turnovers and negative plays on defense.

1) Pat Mahomes, QB
2) Odell Beckham Jr, WR
3) Jalen Ramsey, CB
4) Stephon Gilmore, CB
5) George Kittle, TE
6) Keenan Allen, WR
7) Luke Kuechly, MLB
8) Aaron Donald, DT
9) Myles Garrett, EDGE
10) Von Miller, EDGE/RE

What would you guys go for? I figured this could be an interesting exercise while we wait for the season.
 

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Just saw this. I'm not great at evaluating OL talent, but I know that we're going to need some great linemen here to keep this team up.

Offense is also more reliable than defense (in my opinion), so I'm probably going to focus a bit more on the offensive side of the ball.

For those that don't know, any other positions will be filled w/ replacement level players and this team needs to be built to compete through 2022 (making guys like Brees, Brady, Rivers, etc. bad picks).

Here's my ten:
  1. Baker Mayfield, QB
  2. Aaron Donald, DT
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR
  4. Michael Thomas, WR
  5. David Bakhtiari, OT
  6. Quenton Nelson, G
  7. Tyron Smith, OT
  8. Jalen Ramsey, CB
  9. Saquon Barkley, RB
  10. Khalil Mack, OLB
 

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seriously 5 OL is way too much. When passing games are based on the idea of quick decisions, there is no need to spend that much of your 10 picks on OL. You need enough talent on your OL to keep the immediate rush out the backfield, and thats pretty much it.

I would do

QB
RB
WR
WR
2 OL
1 LB
2 CB
1 DL
 

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Delete bye thx
 
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Maybe it’s cheap, but if there’s no additional rules against trading or how much of one position you can take, I would probably take At least 5 QBs with the intention of trading all but 1 to the opposing conference for absolute hauls of assets greater than any one positional player I could grab instead

Think about the return you could get on a Baker/Goff. You could get one of the elite talents in the NFL plus entire years of teams’ drafts
 

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