The All-Time NFL Draft

The MMQB.com has a fun game where twelve people draft players from the entire history of football. I didn’t read the whole thing yet, but I just had to start this because of Dan Fouts’s (who is one of the “GMs”) first round choice–which, I thought was surprising and hilarious. I’ll post more after I read it.

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  1. Mitchell

    Dan Fouts is a crazy person. With all the amazing RBs out there, he takes Bo Jackson. Also, it’s hard to argue against Vince Lombardi as the first coach taken, but if I’d had that pick I would have taken Bill Belichick.

  2. Reid

    Wait, your example of Fouts being a crazy person is his pick of Bo Jackson?! Look, you know I’m a Raider fan, and I really like Ray Guy, but c’mon. Plus, wasn’t his second pick Jan Stenerud? By the way, with some of the kickers I saw that made the list, I feel like Jason Elam should have been on there, too.

  3. Mitchell

    I was offering Bo Jackson as further support. You already brought up his mind-boggling first round pick. You could possibly make an excuse for one crazy pick (sentimentality, for one) but after that you’re just crazy.

  4. Reid

    Yeah, but I would have pointed to Stenerud before getting to Bo. And Bo makes more sense than the other two.

    On a related note, one thought came to mind: one way to approach this draft is to look the gap in quality between players at different position. Let’s say the gap between Guy and the next best punter was huge. Choosing him first might make sense.

    Is there any position where something like this applies?

  5. don

    I don’t see picking a punter first is smart in any situation. But I think looking at it in that light where the gap in quality between guys in the same position is great is correct. I think most pundits agree that the difference between LT and other LBs seem considerable and the same for Jerry Rice. I’m not sure I would pick Rice early though. But I think my first few picks would be d-linemen or o-linemen and I would definitely have gone LT (faux d-linemen), Reggie White, Anthony Munoz and Larry Allen with my first picks. If available my next few picks would be Earl Campbell or Barry Sanders, Randy Moss or Rice, Deion, and then QB. I’m not sure if Marino was ever picked (too lazy to look), but I would have been happy with him. I don’t need Brady, Peyton, Elway, or Montana or whomever went early. Oooh, I think I would have gone Ed Reed as part of my first picks as well. Maybe Rod Woodson at safety, but I’m not sure how productive he was in that position versus corner. There doesn’t seem to be great cover safeties on the list, so I may even pick an Earl Thomas, but I’m guessing I don’t need to pick him early.

    On a side note I notice Calvin Johnson went in the 5th round. He’s not even a guarantee HOFer, but I think I would pick him as well as one of my starters, just not that early.

  6. Reid

    But I think my first few picks would be d-linemen or o-linemen and I would definitely have gone LT (faux d-linemen), Reggie White, Anthony Munoz and Larry Allen with my first picks.

    I sort of agree with this. Off the top of my head, my thoughts immediately turn to the trenches. I want dominating lines, and then build out from there. Of course, it goes back to the gaps in quality between the players (i.e., if the gaps between the available linemen are relatively small, then I wouldn’t really prioritize the lines).

    With this in mind, I like the LT and Reggie White picks. For OL, I don’t really know who stands far above the rest, but Munoz does come to mind, as does someone like John Hannah, for example.

    I’m not sure if Marino was ever picked (too lazy to look), but I would have been happy with him. I don’t need Brady, Peyton, Elway, or Montana or whomever went early.

    For whatever reason, I thought the gaps between QBs wouldn’t be so large, and so I thought like you. But thinking about this more, I don’t think all of them were equally good in the clutch or protecting the ball. Two QBs stand out: Montana and Unitas (although the latter is just based on assumptions). I think they would be high on my list.

    For RBs, I love Campbell, but I think I’d go for Jim Brown over him.

    By the way, I would love to see a follow up story–getting a reaction from current and previous coaches about the picks, what they agreed with and disagreed with. Also, how they would have approached the exercise. I’d especially want to hear from Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, and, if he were alive, Bill Walsh. Oh, Joe Gibbs and maybe Don Shula as well.

  7. don

    Yeah I didn’t pick anyone prior to my era which is why I didn’t choose Jim Brown. I thought about him, but didn’t choose him because I really don’t know. I actually think I would choose Barry Sanders over Campbell, but it’s close.

    There are no stats for o-linemen in the past, but I think there are a little now. I think guys that look at these stats now and track past o-linemen, talk highly of Larry Allen and Joe Thomas. Larry Allen was just nasty which is why I picked him.

    I think I heard that Unitas used to have like 15 pass attempts a game. I’m not sure how he can be compared to other guys in this era. But like I said before I didn’t choose anyone prior to my time. With your comment on Montana and Unitas, where would you pick them? First three picks? Being that Montana went in the first round, it may have made you pick Unitas in the second.

    Couple other things to note: Sapp went pretty late. Man he would be up there for me. Zack Martin was picked on this thing. He has to be the guy with the least experience on this list coming into the NFL in 2014.

  8. don

    Oooh, I would choose Danny White as my punter than I would be the only team with a legitimate back up QB. 🙂

  9. Reid

    I actually think I would choose Barry Sanders over Campbell, but it’s close.

    This isn’t meant to disparage Sanders, but I have clear preference for Campbell. It’s mainly a preference for power and a more north-south running style. I love watching east-west guys–and Sanders is the ultimate and best RB of that style–but if I’m thinking of building a team, I want a RB like Campbell–not just powerful, but punishing; someone opposing defense would be afraid to tackle. I would probably be tempted be Riggo or Larry Csonka. I’d want Sweetness over Sanders, too.

    With your comment on Montana and Unitas, where would you pick them? First three picks? Being that Montana went in the first round, it may have made you pick Unitas in the second.

    I’m not sure, but the first three picks sounds right.

    Couple other things to note: Sapp went pretty late. Man he would be up there for me.

    For whatever reason, I have a hard time judging DTs. Who else stands out for you? Some that come to mind: Cortez Kennedy, John Randle, Joe Greene, Randy White…I don’t have vivid memories of Greene, but I do have some memories of White.

    Zack Martin was picked on this thing. He has to be the guy with the least experience on this list coming into the NFL in 2014.

    Seems kinda crazy.

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  11. don

    Not sure if this is apropos of anything other than to say how good Deion was, but Dan Patrick was interviewing Robert Klemko who wrote an article about Deion Sanders. Klemko was saying there is very little chance that there will be another two sport athlete. He was saying defenses now are so complicated that players cannot miss practices like Deion used to. Klemko said Glanville used to say he put Deion in “cat coverage”. Glanville said, “you see that cat wearing number 81, you take care of him all day.” Klemko said when defenses that Deion would play on would play cover-3 or zone defenses, the zone would roll over to the opposite side of the field, so it was like Deion was still playing man.

  12. Reid

    I like hearing stories like that.

    On another note, unlike basketball, I have almost zero knowledge required to compare players at the same position, with some possible exceptions (and even then, my judgments would be flawed). Defensive back is definitely not one of them. (Offensive linemen would be even worse.) How would Deion compare to Darrelle Revis, for example? I have no idea.

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