NFL Dream Team
If you can have a fantasy draft of your own NFL team, who would you pick?
There are no other people drafting against you, so you are free to choose the best of the best.
Can you make your team go undefeated?
I can only imagine what would happen if American style football was a worldwide event.
If that were so, I'm sure that this team would go undefeated against any other team ever.
These may not be the best NFL players at their positions, but they are the players who would fit great and work together best.
It's sort of like how Herb Brooks ran his Olympic team back in 1979-1980. It's not the best players—it's the right ones.
Forget the 3-4 or 4-3 defense, wildcat, double-wing, or shotgun formations. No matter what the suit, these guys would get it done!
Tom Brady is one of the best game managers we have in the NFL today and is the poster child of the NFL around the world.
He has one of the best deep-ball throws in the game, and reads defenses like no other quarterback can.
With all due respect to Peyton Manning, Brady would fit better with this offense.
If you have a Dream Team, it's not complete without Adrian Peterson. I think everyone can agree to that.
He has the size, speed, and athleticism every coach wants in a running back. His only knock is his fumbling.
His counterpart may shock some people, but if there is a third and short yardage situation, what's better than a 250-plus pound running back with speed running at the line of scrimmage?
Brandon Jacobs has deceptive speed and will plow over any defender in his way to get that extra yard that we need.
Blocking on certain situations should be none other than future Hall of Famer Lorenzo Neal. The guy is still one of the best blockers in the game.
Reserves: Clinton Portis and Michael Turner
Randy Moss is still the best receiver in the game. He is very fast and still has some of the best hands ever to grace the field.
He will stretch the field making the running game more effective.
Opposite of him is Calvin Johnson, the extremely talented receiver from the Lions.
He's the physical receiver who acts as the possession type.
He has the height to grab the high balls and the speed to stretch for the long throws. He has yet to have a decent quarterback throwing him the ball. With a deadly receiver beside him, it's scary to think how great he could be.
Wes Welker would be perfect in the slot. The guy gets to top speed in less than a second. I don't think there's a receiver in the NFL that is quicker.
He catches the ball with his hands at full speed and can dance away from defenders.
As a coordinator, who do you plan for?
Reserves: Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson
Antonio Gates is one of the better tight ends in the league. He has been very consistent over his career and hasn't showed any signs of slowing down.
He can catch very well and has the blocking necessary to help the running game.
His size and speed is exactly what we need for a tight end.
Jim Kleinsasser is someone that not many people have heard of.
He plays for the Vikings, and is the best blocking tight end in the game. If he were bigger, he'd be an offensive lineman.
We don't need him to catch balls. We need him to come in on short yardage situations and give the line that extra little push.
Reserves: Tony Gonzalez and Zach Miller
Here's the this line should breakdown:
LT: Joe Thomas
LG: Steve Hutchinson
C: Nick Mangold
RG: Chris Snee
RT: Jeff Otah
The line is fairly young and has a good mix of pass and run blockers. We can power the ball to either side, but at the same time, have the tackles that can move to protect the pass.
While Otah may be a stretch at right tackle, he is well on his way to becoming one of the best in the NFL.
Reserves: Walter Jones (T), Jason Smith (C), and Jake Scott (G)
Shaun Rogers is one of the most underrated nose tackles in the game. He has a bad rep for playing for so many bad teams, but his numbers speak for themselves.
Whichever defense we use, Rogers is a great fit. He's played in the 3-4 and the 4-3, and has excelled in both.
His massive frame moves very fast and pushes guards and centers out of the way.
Kevin Williams is the best defensive tackle in the game for a 4-3 defense—not Albert Haynesworth, like many critics seem to think.
Williams has been a part of a defense that has ranked No. 1 against the rush for three seasons straight and has 16.5 sacks in that time.
Why not have a bulldozer next to a brick wall to anchor your line (you choose which is which)?
Reserves: Jay Ratliff and Tommie Harris
Aaron Smith is an absolute monster for the Steelers. He has the size and speed to play in either the 4-3 or 3-4, although he hasn't played in a 4-3 since Pee-Wee days.
He's a solid pass rusher and tremendous run stopper. He doesn't move off the line of scrimmage and holds his ground well.
Jared Allen is primarily a 4-3 defensive end, but his speed alone could make him deadly in a 3-4.
He is the best pass rushing defensive end in the game and should keep opposing quarterbacks at bay.
Plus, that sack dance is just...well...awkward, but still funny!
Reserves: Justin Tuck and Richard Seymour
Patrick Willis is a beast. There's no way around it. He's fast and puts some explosive hits on the offense.
His tackling abilities are second to none and he reads plays with ease. It's hard to imagine what he would be like with a defensive line in front of him that can actually take up defenders.
Lance Briggs is still a great outside linebacker. He's a Pro Bowler for a reason. The guy will play no matter what the score is.
As a Vikings fan, he is the defender I least want to see on my schedule.
James Harrison is a great player with some personal issues that he needs to get settled. His play in the last Super Bowl in which he punched a player won't soon be forgotten.
He is the best linebacker in the game, though. He was the defensive MVP, and rightfully so.
Demarcus Ware is your pass rusher. After all, 20 sacks in a season speaks for itself.
The way he comes around opposing tackles is just scary. His acceleration is magnificent and when he sees an open lane to the quarterback, there's no stopping him.
Reserves: Julian Peterson and Ray Lewis
Nnamdi Asomugha is the definition of a shutdown cornerback. There's no doubt about it that he's the best in the game.
His interception numbers don't do him justice. When you're not thrown to, it's hard to make a pick.
He is bigger than nearly every other cornerback in the league, and can hit with blinding speed.
Charles Woodson is playing some of his best football after the age of 30. That's pretty good, since most cornerbacks fade once they hit the mark.
Woodson is an interception machine. He tackles well and deserves to be in the Hall of Fame just on his dedication to the game alone.
With these two, it's hard to say who you want to challenge.
Reserves: Antoine Winfield and Asante Samuel
There's not a better hitter at the safety position than Troy Polamalu.
The guy is so good at reading a quarterbacks' eyes it's unbelievable. He makes plays that he has no business making.
The way he accelerates to the ball is amazing. He flashes speed and times it perfectly to put on a devastating hit.
It helps to have the Samoan warrior hair too!
Reserves: Chris Hope
Ed Reed is another guy who is simply amazing to watch.
He's not the best tackler in the world, but he times the ball perfectly and leaps to make the interception.
We don't need a tackler at the free safety position, just someone who can read the eyes of the quarterback and take away the deep ball.
This on isn't even close. He is just so talented. There is a bar set that no on else can reach at the free safety position.
Reserves: Kerry Rhodes
Rob Bironas is a fantastic kicker with a powerful leg and the accuracy to match.
He can kick a field goal from 60 yards out and makes kickoff touchbacks on a routine basis.
Shane Lechler has a leg that every kicker can only dream of. He skies his punts and doesn't out-kick his coverage. If you want the ball inside the 20, he's your guy.
Devin Hester is returning my kickoffs whether you like it or not. Last year was a down year, but he still has the ability to take it the other way every time he touches the ball.
Reggie Bush is taking my punts. He burned my Vikings for nearly three touchdowns.
He is one of the fastest players in the league and shifts direction in a heartbeat.
Whom do you choose?
Go ahead, tell me what you want instead. Feel free to list your Dream Team in the comments section! Let your voice be heard!
Remember, this isn't necessarily the best players in the NFL. It's the right ones for the job.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it!