Who Would Be Your 5 Dream Additions to the San Francisco 49ers' Roster?
After playing Madden 12 and shamelessly altering my San Francisco 49ers team by adding the very best NFL players to an already impressive roster, I have decided to start an inquest into which five players 49ers fans would most like to see don the famous red and gold.
Please don't take depth at the relevant position or monetary issues into account; this is to be done purely for fun as if in a different world where financial implications played no role whatsoever.
I may have missed some obvious stars, but I always take into account the potential of a player and so I have added some recent draftees who I believe will be the faces of the NFL in years to come.
So, imagine you could sign any five players from any teams in the NFL.
Who would it be?
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green is already a top five wide receiver in the NFL.
I'm aware most of you may have chosen Calvin Johnson if you wanted a wide receiver, but I really admire how Green plays the game.
Everyone talks about what a mercurial talent Randy Moss was in his prime; much like many others do, I see a little of Moss in Green.
The similarities are the ability to be a great deep threat and a long stride that can deceive people into thinking they don't have great speed.
Green was a favorite college player of mine and I really hoped that he or Patrick Peterson would fall to the No. 7 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, however unlikely it was.
Aldon Smith was a nice consolation, though.
Darrelle Revis, CB, New York Jets
Cornerbacks are my favorite players to watch and Darrelle Revis is the best of the lot.
Tarrell Brown is great, but I can only dream of having a Carlos Rogers and Revis tandem in the secondary.
I know some may feel that Revis is only a pure cover corner and isn't quite as versatile as some other cornerbacks, but you can only do what is asked of you.
Revis has locked down the very best receivers in the league time and time again, and my only grievance with him is that I don't like how he has handled contract issues.
Tyron Smith, OT, Dallas Cowboys
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Tyron Smith will be up there with Joe Thomas by the end of next season.
Smith will be moving to his more natural role of blindside protector and will most definitely thrive in his new position.
Smith is one of the most athletic tackles in the NFL and is more muscular and in-shape than pretty much any other offensive lineman.
Everyone knew he had great feet, but he was stuck as a right tackle even at USC because of the success of Matt Kalil.
Smith made some huge strides last season and I expect him to make even more very soon.
I see a Pro Bowl berth and All-Pro honors coming next season.
Haloti Ngata, NT/DE, Baltimore Ravens
Ngata is one of the most versatile players in the NFL and would perfectly fit the 3-4 defensive front of the 49ers.
He could line up at nose tackle or defensive end and open up space for the players behind him.
Much like Justin Smith, Ngata is a force in both the passing game and run game.
Blessed with freakish size and athletic ability, Ngata could easily get five sacks from the nose tackle position whilst also adding to the stingy run defense.
Just imagine Justin Smith and Haloti Ngata on the same front three.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
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I will always like Alex Smith but even the most devoted 49ers fan has to admit that Rodgers is the much better quarterback.
It would be a homecoming for the local product and 49ers fan who was passed on back in the 2005 NFL Draft.
With a Super Bowl and MVP under his belt, it looks like a silly decision now.
Brady, Brees and Newton were under consideration, but I think Rodgers brings the most complete game and combination of skills.
Rodgers has a big arm, great accuracy, command of an offense, great smarts and the ability to scramble for big yardage.