Building an NFL Franchise: The Ultimate Fantasy Draft

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Building an NFL Franchise: The Ultimate Fantasy Draft
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Who's the best quarterback in the NFL? Aaron Rodgers? Tom Brady? Peyton Manning?

Yeah, I'd probably pick one of those three too. But what if you were starting a team for the future and you had to be concerned about the age of a player?

Then you wouldn't pick Peyton Manning, who just turned 37 years old and only has a few seasons left in his Hall of Fame career. You might not even pick Aaron Rodgers, who will turn 30 years old during the 2013 season. 

That's what the next 26 slides take into account. I chose the player at each position I would most want if I were starting a team from scratch, a team that would allow me to use the chosen player for the remainder of his career. (I went with 10 offensive players, leaving out a fullback.)

On defense, I picked 11 players, using a standard 4-3 defense. I also picked a player at each of the four special teams positions, as well as a head coach.

The majority of these players have played just a year or two in the NFL, hence the reason for choosing them to start a team with. You should be able to benefit from at least another decade of exceptional performance from these players. 

Interesting note: 19 of the 25 players were selected in the first round, with just two second-round picks, two thirds, a fourth and a sixth. The 19 first-round picks include seven players picked in the top five. 

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