Yep, we're at it again.
This all started on twitter, and the topic of conversation was focused around if you had to pick one player to start your all-time college football team, who would it be and why. The debate ranged from the current "Great White Hype" that is THE Tim Tebow, to the ever mercurial and loquacious, yet utterly clutch and dynamic Vince Young, to the multi-talented and savvy defensive playmaker in Charles Woodson. This debate raged for hours, and then the light-bulb in my head went off...
Let's do a fantasy draft.
So I got 3 buddies of mine to help contribute to this fantasy draft project. Joe B. aka The Reverend Paul Revere who writes a candid and at times flagrant sports blog called The House That Glanville Built, Kenny Masenda aka Soul On Ice who is a regular writer here at ETSF, check out his most recent post on Batman & Robin, NBA Style, and our esteemed colleague Mr. Brandon Lewis aka B-Lew, who is a (sigh) lifetime Texas fan who always provides the Longhorn perspective.
Please be advised that because we are all in our mid-20's (some closer to 30 lol) we decided to use college football players from the last 20 years. He had to pick 5 offensive players and 5 defensive players to create a balanced 10-team roster, plus we had to choose our all-time coach. Let the chicanery, buffoonery, debauchery, and utter tomfoolishness begin.
Joe: RB Reggie Bush - USC
Ed: QB Vince Young - Texas
B-Lew: QB Tim Tebow - Florida
Kenny: DB Charles Woodson - Michigan
From Joe: The first round had an explosion of talent right from the get-go. Reggie Bush won two national championships and a Heisman trophy, and he did things like this...
Of course, Ed's pick of Vince Young is equally as impressive. He was so incredible that he made Michael Vick at VA Tech look like Byron Leftwich -- slow and plodding. That's nearly impossible to do. With his coming out party against Michigan and his coronation as Texas defeated USC in the game of all games. B-Lew nabbed Tim Tebow, making two straight picks at QB. Tebow’s credentials are undeniable: two national championships, a Heisman, tons of SEC records to boot. He’s a phenomenal leader, intense competitor and by all accounts a great human being. I’d love him if he was leading my team. Kenny threw a curveball in the system, going with a defensive player. But he didn’t just go with any defensive player. No, he used his first pick to take Charles Woodson, the last and probably final defensive player to win the Heisman trophy.
Kenny: QB Sam Bradford - Oklahoma
B-Lew: WR Randy Moss - Marshall
Ed: RB Adrian Peterson - Oklahoma
Joe: DE Julius Peppers - UNC
From Ed: I think round 2 was when we knew that things were going to be pretty interesting, Kenny made probably the boldest draft choice since the Pistons drafted Darko Milicic ahead of Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. Ken's pick of OU's Sam Bradford was both a surprise and a great debate. Bradford will go down as the greatest passing QB in OU history yet didn't end his career on his own terms. B-Lew's selection of the biggest playmaker in Randy Moss ruined my personal draft board. I took Adrian Peterson for a couple of reasons: #1. I am a homer. #2. I've never seen a tailback run like Adrian Peterson did in my life. #3. I am a homer. Joe's choice of Julius Peppers brought back memories of QB sacks and alley-oop dunks as Peppers was a major force in the ACC, ruining offensive lineman's ego one sack at a time.
Joe: WR Charles Rogers - Michigan St
Ed: LB LaVar Arrington - Penn St
B-Lew: DB Dre Bly - UNC
Kenny: RB Ricky Williams - Texas
From B-Lew: In the 3rd round the best overall pick would be none other than Texas RB Ricky Williams. His senior season was one for the ages. Taking home the Heisman in 1998 and breaking the all-time rushing record. Not to far behind would be DB Dre Bly, out of North Carolina. He is only one of five players to become a 1st team All-American in his freshmen season. Also he held the all-time interception record as well. Lavar Arrington was a solid pick as well. He was an All Big-Ten selection, twice a first team All-American, and he won the 1999 Chuck Bednarik, the Dick Butkus and the Lambert Award awards for his defensive prowess. Charles Rogers only breakout season was in 2002, where he won the Biletnikoff Award.
Kenny: SS Sean Taylor - Miami
B-Lew: LB Derrick Brooks - FSU
Ed: Peter Warrick - FSU
Joe: WR Calvin Johnson - Georgia Tech
From Kenny: I honestly believe I had the best pick with Sean Taylor at safety. Peter Warrick was my dude in college, and even had his #9 jersey. Calvin Johnson was dominant back in Tech, as was Derrick Brooks at FSU. I’ve simply seen Taylor make too many plays for the ‘Canes back then for him to be below anyone else.
Joe: FS Ed Reed - Miami
Ed: SS Roy Williams - Oklahoma
B-Lew: WR Roy Williams - Texas
Kenny: QB Tommie Frazier - Nebraska
From Joe: I got things rolling in the 5th round by grabbing Ed Reed to solidify my secondary. The U has had so many incredibly talents on the collegiate level that it’s just insane, and few have ever been more athletic and more dangerous than Reed. Speaking of hard-hitting safeties, Ed went with his homeboy Roy Williams out of Oklahoma. He wasn’t just a solid safety, he was a great safety, perhaps the best defensive player in the country on those swarming Oklahoma defenses. B-Lew liked Ed’s pick so much that he couldn’t resist picking a Roy Williams of his own, this one the wide receiver out of Texas. Perhaps a hometown stretch considering the vast array of talent at wide receiver over the past 20 years, but who am I to judge? Williams was an unstoppable force at Texas, using his size and strength to leave defensive backs in his wake. Finally Kenny, in the stunner of stunners, decided to pick a second quarterback in the fifth round – but not just any quarterback. No, he went with Tommy Frazier, the best option quarterback of the past 20 years hands down. Three straight seasons, he led Nebraska to what amounted to the national championship game, losing to Florida State in 1993, then leading the Cornhuskers to back-to-back national championships in 1994 and 1995 … even though the ’94 one was bogus and up for debate.
Kenny: WR Michael Crabtree - Texas Tech
B-Lew: RB Rashan Salaam - Colorado
Ed: CB Shawn Springs - Ohio State
Joe: QB Charlie Ward - FSU
From Ed: I can officially say that Kenny must've been looking at my notes when he made his picks because I was eyeing Mr. Michael Crabtree in the 6th round. The only 2-time Biletnikoff award winner was superb in Lubbock, leaving Longhorn & Sooner defensive backs in his wake. B-Lew then took tailback Rashan Salaam with his pick and its weird to question a pick from someone who won the Heisman, but I think this raised all of our eyebrows just a bit. Don't sleep, Salaam was a beast in Colorado, teaming up with Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook to become one of the most potent offenses in college football history. With my pick, I figured I had to get a lockdown corner with top-end speed, so I took Shawn Springs from THE Ohio State University. Joe then gets bonus points for taking Charlie Ward in the 6th round, because there's no way in life he should've fallen that far. Maybe the best QB in the '90's.
Joe: DB Nnamdi Asomugha - Cal
Ed: WR Devin Hester - Miami
B-Lew: TE Jeremy Shockey - Miami
Kenny: LB Derrick Johnson - Texas
From Ed: I think Joe was trying to keep us on our toes, because the pick of Asomugha was definitely a WOW-er. I went with Devin Hester here because he was doing everything that Reggie Bush was doing, except he played like 4 positions. B-Lew's pick of Jeremy Shockey made us remember how much of a beast he was at "Da U", and Kenny's choice of Derrick Johnson was both a hometown choice yet a great pick, as DJ was a Butkus award winner and wrecked havoc on the defensive side of the ball.
Kenny: DT Tommie Harris - Oklahoma
B-Lew: DT Vince Wilfork - Miami
Ed: Mario Williams - NC State
Joe: LB Paul Posluszny - Penn St
From Ken: With this round, it’s pick-your-poison with the defensive tackles. Tommie Harris was a monster for Oklahoma with speed and tenacity, and the Vince Wilfork pick by B-Lew was a good one, but after Ed brought up one Warren Sapp he immediately regretted it. The Paul Posluszny pick was a shock, but one that certainly won’t be ignored. He was invaluable for those Nittany Lions teams, and Mario Williams was a bona-fide beast at NC State. There’s a reason he was the number one pick, in a draft that featured Bush, Leinart, and Young.
Joe: LB Patrick Willis - Ole Miss
Ed: LB Ray Lewis - Miami
B-Lew: FS Mike Brown - Nebraska
Kenny: DB Derick Strait - Oklahoma
From Joe: I went with Patrick Willis, who won the Butkus as the nation’s best linebacker in 2006. And the best linebacker he was. Ed went with Ray Lewis, because Ray-Ray was a frightening beast. B-Lew went with unappreciated and often overlooked Mike Brown, who was damn good at Nebraska. And Kenny closed it out with Derick Straight, an intimidating corner for Oklahoma. Defense ruled the world in the 9th round.
Kenny: WR Braylon Edwards - Michigan
B-Lew: DB Champ Bailey - Georgia
Ed: Larry Fitzgerald - Pitt
Joe: RB Eddie George - Ohio St
From Ed: Can you say playmakers? I can distinctly remember watching Braylon Edwards in college and thinking that he was going to be the next Randy Moss in the NFL. B-Lew's pick of Champ Bailey gets a major nod because Champ was playing WR, KR/PR, and locking up one side of the field all by himself. I took Larry Fitzgerald as I noticed I had 2 smaller wideouts (Warrick/Hester) so I needed someone to "go get it" and as we all know, Fitz can go get it. Joe's choice of Eddie George was given with great respect, seeing that he already had Reggie Bush and could flex him wideout from time-to-time, he figured he'd nab #27 from the Buckeyes to give him that supreme power back.
Joe: Joe Paterno - Penn St
Ed: Urban Meyer - Florida
B-Lew: Dennis Erickson - Miami
Kenny: Pete Carroll - USC
From Kenny: Ed sold his soul by picking Urban Meyer as his head coach. I’ll say it right now; Meyer is a winner, a great coach, but he’s arrogant as all-get-out, and full of it, and the fact that Ed picked him, with no hesitation, is absolutely disheartening, completely unexplainable, and totally unforgivable. I don’t know how the man looks at himself in the mirror after committing such an act.
From B-Lew: Out of the four coaches that were selected, the best one in my opinion is none other than Joe Paterno. The all-time winningest coach, with 2 national titles to boot, not to mention 4 other seasons he went undefeated, but didn’t have a chance at the national championship. What stands out is that he has 29 top 10 finishes in his career.
Who Has The Best Team? (Panelist cannot choose their own)
From Joe: Since I can’t vote for my own, I’m gonna have to go with Ed’s team. VY, Adrian, the most physically gifted linebacker to ever roam the gridiron (not named Lawrence Taylor) LaVar Arrington, Peter Warrick, Roy Will, Shawn Springs, Devin Hester, Mario, Ray-Ray, Fitz. Damn. That’s a dangerous team. Hester’s the only one I’d even look twice at.
From Ed: I'll have to say Joe's team is sitting pretty stacked. Megatron aka Calvin Johnson might've put it over the top for me. However, I like Kenny's team too, even though its pretty much the All Big-12 team of the last 20 years. Crabtree and Sean Taylor are sitting nice on his team.
From B-Lew: The Best Team in the draft had to be picked by General Manager Eddie. His picks were solid, especially at the QB & LB position with Vince Young and Ray Lewis. These were 2 generals on the field hands down leaders for both their respective teams. At the WR position Fitzgerald and Warrick gave defensive coordinators nightmares and grey hairs when game planning for these two.
From Kenny: On a pure name-recognition basis, I would say Ed’s, but I think The Rev (Joe) may have the most balanced team. Charlie Ward did nothing but win back in Florida State, and we all know him as the best college basketball player to ever play football. He beat a Nebraska team that many thought was unbeatable. Julius Peppers was an animal, Charles Rogers was a monster, and the Nnamdi pick was quietly brilliant.
Who Has The Worst Team? (Panelist cannot choose their own)
From Joe: B-Lew’s. Sorry man, but some of those players aren’t cutting it for me: Roy Williams (Texas), Mike Brown. And I don’t like Rashan Salaam because I very biasedly think Ki-Jana was better, though it was a good pick. And finally, with Moss and Shockey (and Roy Will), you might be better served with a quarterback who can throw the ball deep, something Tebow doesn’t do. But still a solid team.
From Ed: I'm going to say Joe's just on the basis that he has Julius Peppers and Charlie Ward on his team and they might forget to come play the 2nd half of a game because they got basketball practice.
From B-Lew: The worst team of the draft had to be picked by GM Masenda. Taking Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford was a bit of stretch because he is the only QB not to lead his team to a National Championship. He sort of saved his team by picking Tommie Frazier, but would that create a QB controversy?
From Ken: There’s no really no worst team, but the least strong team may be B-Lew’s, but it really depends on how you look at it. He has strong players, solid cats who would play their role, but who can B-Lew count on to make a play at crunch time, in relation to the killers the rest of us have on our teams? It’s more his team being in this position by default, than them actually being the worst.
If You Could Draft One More Player
Joe: QB Michael Robinson, Penn State
Ed: RB LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU
B-Lew: QB Major Applewhite, Texas
Ken: TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
SIMPLY PUT, WHO'S GOT THE BEST TEAM? WORST TEAM? WHO WOULD YOU HAVE PICKED? LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS!! THANKS AGAIN TO KENNY, B-LEW, AND JOE!