September 23, 2011
Sports Illustrated asked 272 NFL players who they'd pick first if they were building a team from scratch, and their answers will not surprise you in the least. Tom Brady(notes) was the runaway winner, with 24 percent of players saying he'd be their guy. More from SI:
Seven of the top 10 vote getters (and 10 of the top 15) play QB.
It doesn't sound that much different from a list that a fan might make. There's no mention of whether or not age or health should be factored into the decision -- in that case, I'd move Aaron Rodgers to number one, and Peyton Manning to number 323.
It doesn't surprise me either that seven of the top 10 are quarterbacks. If I made a top 10, it'd be 10 out of 10, and the only other guys I'd even consider for top spots would be dominant defensive tackles (Suh, Haloti Ngata(notes)) or shutdown corners (Darrelle Revis(notes), Charles Woodson(notes)).
Running back? It'd be pretty far down the list. The Vikings and Patriots are a nice case-study here: The Vikings have Adrian Peterson and Donovan McNabb(notes). The Patriots have BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes) and Tom Brady.
What about you? You're building a franchise from scratch and can pick any one player in the NFL to build around. Who do you go with?
See more in this week's issue of SI.
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