With the NFL draft looming in the air, NFL draft picks are anxious to know what teams they will be playing for this upcoming football season. Meanwhile, fans everywhere are speculating and creating fantasy teams, hoping that their teams pick the best players available.
As a WWE fan, I have created a fantasy football team, except that rather than using football players, I have used members of the WWE roster to create my fantasy team.
What follows are 11 WWE superstars I would draft to create the starting lineup of my fantasy football defense.
WWE Champion; 2003 Royal Rumble Match winner; 2002 King of the Ring
Qualifications: Assigning Brock Lesnar to this position is less of a fantasy pick and more of an almost reality. After leaving the WWE Lesnar tried to play professional football for the NFL. Lesnar would eventually go on to play for the Minnesota Vikings where he played as a defensive tackle before being a late cut in the preseason.
Qualifications: Somebody call his mama! This former Snoop Dogg bodyguard certainly has a set of fancy moves, especially for a man his size. As a defensive tackle, the man from Planet Funk could overpower the opposing offensive line and stop the ball-carrier. Plus, imagine his groovy dance moves after each tackle made.
Royal Rumble winner (2011); Raw Money in the Bank winner (2011); WWE Champion
Qualifications: Alberto del Rio might not know as much about football as he does about futbol, but the Mexican aristocrat has time again proven that he is an extraordinary athlete. His finishing maneuver, the Cross Armbreaker, like Del Rio, may not be too flashy, but gets the job done. Who's to say he cannot use the move on the field to bring down the offense? Well, maybe the referee, but that's what Ricardo Rodriguez is for.
Qualifications: This former professional Arena Football player understands the game of football as well as many of the players on NFL teams. His knowledge of the sport, in conjunction with his size and speed would make Titus O'neil an unstoppable force on the gridiron (provided he remembers that the NFL has actual sidelines).
WWE Champion; World Heavyweight Champion; Intercontinental Champion; Unified WWE Tag Team Champion; World Tag Team Champion; European Champion; 1997 King of the Ring; 2002 Royal Rumble Match winner; WWE Chief Operating Officer
Qualifications: The responsibilities of the middle linebacker are among the most important of all the players on the defensive side. Triple H, who already manages multiple aspects of the WWE, could continue to apply his versatility on the gridiron. The size of the former bodybuilder would not hurt in his success on the field either.
Qualifications: As a former soccer player, Mason Ryan certainly has the agility to compete in this position. Add to this his 289 lbs. and impressive muscular build and the Welsh superstar could be a dominant force behind a football helmet.
Qualifications: This second generation superstar may not be who he appears to be, but as a former college football player, all Camacho needs to do is take off his shades and put on a pair of cleats to dominate in a football game.
Intercontinental Champion; World Tag Team Champion; WWE Tag Team Champion
Qualifications: Cody Rhodes may not look like much of a football player, but do not underestimate the speed of this "dashing" WWE superstar. His push in the WWE may have slowed a bit now, but this should have no effect on the pushing he could do on the field.
WWE Champion; World Heavyweight Champion; WCW Champion; Intercontinental Champion; European Champion; Hardcore Champion; World Tag Team Champion; ECW TV Champion; WCW TV Champion; WCW Cruiserweight Champion; Unified Tag Team Champion
Qualifications: Known as being the "best at what he does" there is no doubt that the athleticism of this WWE superstar would help him be a dominant force on the football field. Chris Jericho may be Canadian, but they play football there too (even if it is a little different).
WWE Champion; World Heavyweight Champion; ECW Champion; World Tag Team Champion; Intercontinental Champion; Raw commentator
Qualifications: As strong safety, this dynamic WWE superstar would be able to fulfill the many roles of this position. CM Punk may lack the size of some of his peers on the roster, but as it has been witnessed in the past weeks in his matches against Mark Henry, if need be, he can take on a man twice his size.
World Heavyweight Champion; United States Champion; 2011 SmackDown Money in the Bank winner
Qualifications: "Yes! Yes! Yes!" This mixed-martial artist, may be smaller than many of his peers, but when it comes to his ability to make and take advantages of opportunities, few are more successful than him. As a free safety, Daniel Bryan's cunning strategies could translate into blitz on the field.
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Hope you folks enjoyed this. Please check out my past article on my fantasy WWE offense for more WWE/NFL draft fun.
Also, let me know in the comments which choices you'd pick for your WWE fantasy football defense.