NFC South Dream Team Offense: Division's Best of the Best
Have you ever wondered what an all-NFC South dream team offense would look like? I found myself pondering such a subject and thought I would put together my own dream team of the NFC South offense.
I think it's also interesting to think about how well it stacks up to other divisions dream team's, but I'll leave that debate for another time. Here is what my dream team would look like for the NFC South offense.
RT. Jon Stinchcomb: New Orleans
Starting off the All-NFC South team is right tackle Jon Stinchcomb of the New Orleans Saints. Stinchcomb has started all 80 games for the Saints since 2006, which ranks third best among starting offensive tackles.
He is equally adept at run-blocking as he is at protecting his quarterback and was one of three offensive lineman voted to the 2010 Pro-Bowl for the Saints. He gets the nod over Tyson Clabo here due to consistency and experience.
RG. Jahri Evans: New Orleans
The second of three lineman to represent New Orleans in the 2010 Pro Bowl, Jahri Evans has yet to miss a game since being drafted in 2006. Regarded as one of the best linemen in the league and being voted to his second Pro Bowl, Evans continues to climb the list of most talented players in the NFL.
Paired with Stinchcomb, the Saints have one of the best duos playing on the right side of the line.
C. Ryan Kalil: Carolina
As much as Carolina fans talk about how bad their offensive line is, they also sent two offensive linemen to the 2010 Pro-bowl. Ryan Kalil was one of those linemen in only his fourth year in the league.
At age 26, he is quickly establishing himself as one of the best centers in the game. A second round draft choice out of USC that started all 32 games over the last two years will only get better if he stays healthy.
LG. Carl Nicks: New Orleans
The third and final lineman to represent New Orleans in the 2010 Pro Bowl, Carl Nicks has been an integral part of one of the best lines in the NFL for the last three years.
Weighing in at 6'5" and 343 pounds, this young man from Nebraska will only get better.
LT. Jordan Gross: Carolina
Rounding out the offensive line for the NFC South All-Star team, Gross is the second Carolina Panther to serve on the 2010 Pro Bowl squad.
He has started more games than any other lineman on this list and is also the highest drafted at number eight overall back in 2003.
TE. Jimmy Graham: New Orleans
Starting out the skill positions is Jimmy Graham of the Saints. It was a tough decision between Kellen Winslow and second year player Graham, but I had to give the nod to Graham.
There is no doubt that Winslow is a talented player at his position and has done things that some tight ends only dream of.
However, Graham is a rising star and was able to tie Winslow's best year in the touchdown column (five) as a rookie in a back up role. Graham also has already bested Winslow's longest reception of 49 yards with a 52-yard catch, which shows his ability to stretch the field.
Graham also has a slight advantage in height at 6'6", compared to 6'4", and is better after the catch.
This video is a great example of his athleticism and highlights exactly why he's a future force in the NFL.
WR2. Mike Williams: Tampa Bay
Another second year player deserving of the list is Mike Williams of Tampa Bay. Williams was able to compile 964 yards on 65 catches and a total of 11 touchdowns with second year quarterback Josh Freeman at the helm.
Just imagine what he could do with someone like Brees throwing him the ball.
He also averages the highest yard after catch total (5.3) of all the top receivers in the NFC South. Standing 6'2" and 212 pounds with great speed, Williams is a future star in the NFL.
WR1. Roddy White: Atlanta
White needs no introduction or testimonial. Already billed as one of the best wide receivers in the game today, there's no arguing that Roddy White must be the number one target on this list.
White has amassed over 1,000 yards in four out of his six seasons in the league and has double digit touchdowns over the last two. There's no questioning that this 6'0" tall 212 pound-er out of UAB is the best receiver in the NFC South.
FB. Heath Evans: New Orleans
I really wanted to put Earnest Graham here due to his versatility but had to leave him off due to constant injuries. Heath Evans won't give you the same running ability as Graham, but he offers up some of the best run-blocking in the game.
Although not utilized that much in Payton's system, he is still one of the best full backs in the South.
RB. Michael Turner: Atlanta
Are there really any questions about who the best running back in the division is? I really doubt it. Michael Turner has no comparison in his division, and I think if the Chargers really knew what they had, he'd still be in San Diego.
Turner's first year in Atlanta brought them a 1,699 yard rusher on 376 attempts and 17 touchdowns. I'll just stop right there and let you catch your breath.
QB. Drew Brees: New Orleans
Along with Roddy White and Michael Turner, there is no questioning who is the best quarterback in the NFC South. Drew Brees is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the league, let alone his division.
Brees is the only Super Bowl winning quarterback in the division as well as the only quarterback to throw for over 4,000 yards (five times) and over 30 touchdowns (three times) in a single season.