I saw a throwdown today and I thought it was a great throwdown. It was about the five players they wanted to start their NFL team with. They both had great picks and I decided to come up with my own. Okay, here it goes.
Tom Brady, QB - What did you expect? I'm a Patriots fan, I have to take Brady. After what he's done with our organization how can I not? Three superbowls with far less talent than he has this year and this year he is playing better than any other quarterback in the game, obviously. He can lead a team and he is a great performer in the post season.
Albert Haynesworth, DT - Every good team has a successful run stopper. The Colts have Bob Sanders, the Titans have Hayneswoth, and the Pats have Wilfork. If I have a team that isn't capable of stopping the run, I'm not going to win. He is young and he plugs up holes. When he was out the Titans didn't win a single game. The week he comes back, they win. Coincidence? I don't think so.
Steve Hutchinson, G - Hutchinson is a great blocker and he is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, offensive linemen in the league. When you look at teams that have success offensively they have a quarterback that can make good throws and they have an offensive line that gives him enough time to make those. Hutchinson would lead the offensive line and give Brady time in the pocket.
Champ Bailey, CB - Bailey is the best cornerback in the league. Quarterbacks don't throw to the guy he covers and he still gets picks! Bailey is smart, instinctive, and quick. He can press, he can give cushion, and he can stay stride-by-stride with the receiver. With Bailey, I can have a strong run stopper and a strong corner. Champ is exacly the player I would want at the head of my secondary.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB - Most people would pick Adrian Peterson or LT, but Peterson's injuries just frighten me way too much and LT is too old even though he has a few more years left in him. Jones-Drew amazes me. He is fast and he can break tackles. He will keep opposing defenses from dropping everyone back in coverage and stopping Brady. He can break off a long run or he can gain the tough yardage.