Let’s pretend every player at the D-1 level is eligible for a fantasy draft. But not the usual drafting-RBs-for-TDs draft; we’re trying to draft the best team from players throughout the country.
Who’s the #1 pick? Would you take defending-Heisman winner Johnny Manziel for your QB? Mariota? Or maybe Braxton Miller from Ohio State? Do you go with De’Anthony Thomas at RB, or 6-2, 218 lb manchild TJ Yeldon from Alabama? Both?
The clock’s ticking, and the first pick is…
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville.
Sorry Marcus and Johnny Football, but Teddy is the man. His poise under pressure and leadership for Louisville makes him, in my eyes, the best quarterback in college football. Check out his tape against a physical Florida SEC defense.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina.
Jadeveon makes opposing linemen look like clowns, but there’s nothing funny about this hit.
With the third pick, got to go with…
Marqise Lee, WR, USC.
118 receptions and 1700+ yards for a USC team that underachieved last season, this kid’s legit. Also a top-5 return man in the nation. He and Teddy would pair together nicely.
Next pick, going defense again..
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama.
Kid can straight ball. Fills the gaps, pursues relentlessly, sure-tackler, and dangerous with the ball in his hands. Here’s his tape vs. Michigan.
I promise this is the only O-lineman in the top-10…
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan.
Handled Clowney well in their bowl game (just watch two minutes). Stands at 6-8, 300+ lbs.
No DB’s yet, so for the 6th pick gonna go with..
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon.
Six forced fumbles and four picks in 2012, first round pick when he goes pro. ESPN’s Rod Gilmore has him as the #1 corner for 2013.
Rounding out the top-10:
- Will Sutton, DT, ASU.
- De’Anthony Thomas, ATHLETE, Oregon.
- T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
- Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford (sorry, he’s good).
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