I am a HUGE NFL Draft fan! I watch it every year. Normally I fill out my mock drafts to try and forecast which player will go where. It's the first time since the Super Bowl that we are talking real football. This year I am trying a different kind of mock draft.
With the 2016 NFL draft approaching, what would a fantasy draft using only the #1 overall picks since 1983 look like?
I am using the current pick order and putting the New England Patriots in as well in their original spot.
Overall there were 33 players selected since 1983, so one player will be left out. There were 18 Quarterbacks, eight defensive players, three offensive lineman, two running backs, and two wide receivers available to select from.
Here are the selections:
1. LA Rams: QB John Elway (1983)
The consensus top #1 overall pick of all-time takes the top spot here as well. Famously wanting to play on the west coast, Elway gets his wish here... Unless he refuses to go to LA.
2. Philadelphia Eagles: QB Peyton Manning (1998)
The record-setting MVP and Superbowl champion goes to the city of brotherly love. I wonder if they'd still boo him?
3. San Diego Chargers: DE Bruce Smith (1985)
Passing on a QB, the Chargers decide on the greatest defensive #1 overall pick of all-time.
4. Dallas Cowboys: QB Troy Aikman (1989)
No-brainer here. This worked out for them in 1989 and I'm sure it would in 2016 as well.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Bo Jackson (1986)
The last time a Florida team drafted him in the 1st round he decided to play baseball. One of the greatest athletes the NFL has ever seen, he will help Bortles and Co. make that offense one of the best in the league.
6. Baltimore Ravens: OT Orlando Pace (1997)
The Heisman finalist and Hall-of-Fame inductee fills a big need for the Ravens and can help keep Flacco upright in 2016.
7. San Francisco 49ers: QB Mike Vick (2001)
If they decide to go QB here, imagine what Chip Kelly can do with a physical talent like Vick.
8. Cleveland Browns: QB Andrew Luck (2012)
I'm sure they are kicking themselves now for trading the chance at Manning or Aikman, but Luck just might be that franchise savior they desperately need.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT Jake Long (2008)
With their franchise, and #1 overall pick, QB already on the roster, Tampa Bay tries to build around him to keep him clean in the pocket.
10. New York Giants: QB Eli Manning (2004)
With Eli Manning turning 35 this year, the Giants look to draft his eventual replacement with a player very similar.
11. Chicago Bears: WR Keshawn Johnson (1996)
The former Trojan fills a big need and, along with White and Jeffery, helps Jay Cutler build on his best year in the Windy City.
12. New Orleans Saints: DE Mario Williams (2006)
The Saints pass on the chance to draft Drew Brees' eventual replacement and select the Pro Bowl pass rusher from NC State.
13. Miami Dolphins: WR Irving Fryar (1884)
Fryar gives new coach Adam Gase and QB Ryan Tannehill a dependable, and underrated, addition to their passing game.
14. Oakland Raiders: DT Russell Maryland
With an ascending QB, the raiders select one of the few remaining non-signal callers and go with the eventual 3-time champion.
15. Tennessee Titans: OT Eric Fisher
Trading the chance at John Elway to land Fisher at 15 hurts, but if he can help keep Marcus Mariota healthy, it is still a good pick.
16. Detroit Lions: DE Jadeveon Clowney
The run on non-B's continues with the selection of Clowney. Pairing him with Ansah gives the Lions one of the top pass-rushing duos in the league.
17. Atlanta Falcons: DE Courtney Brown (2000)
The former Nittany Lion gives Dan Quinn a new puzzle piece with Vic Beasley to disrupt the QB.
18. Indianapolis Colts: DE Steve Emtman (1992)
Hopefully seconds time a charm with this former Husky. If he can stay healthy, he can be a defensive force for the Colts for many years to come.
19. Buffalo Bills: QB Cam Newton (2011)
The steal of the draft so far, the Heisman and National Championship-winning signal caller instantly helps solve the Bills' deficiency at the position.
20. New York Jets: QB Drew Bledsoe (1993)
The strong-armed former Cougar instantly upgrades the position and will make Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker that much more productive.
21. Washington: QB Carson Palmer (2003)
The former Heisman-winner instantly helps the division champs build as they move into 2016. I think this move will make Jay Gruden very happy, but Kirk Cousins may not like that/it.
22. Houston Texans: DT Dan Wilkinson (1994)
A true nose-tackle, Wilkinson will help occupy blockers to allow JJ Watt even more opportunities to destroy QB's, RB's, and pretty much everything else in an opposing uniform.
23. Minnesota Vikings: RB Ki-Jana Carter (1995)
Satisfied with Bridgewater, and with the non-QB cupboard pretty bare, the Vikings decide to select the heir-apparent to former MVP Adrian Peterson.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: LB Aundray Bruce (1988)
Set at the position, the Bengals select the last non-QB available. The former Auburn Tiger will provide an upgrade to the loaded Cincinnati defense.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: QB Jameis Winston (2015)
Taking the top-developmental QB available, the Steelers will allow Winston to learn behind Big Ben. And if need be, he could step in as a rookie as an injury replacement.
26. Seattle Seahawks: QB Alex Smith (2005)
With only QB's left, Pete Carroll and John Schneider select the talented and athletic former Ute to back up Russell Wilson.
27. Green Bay Packers: QB Matthew Stafford (2009)
The strong-armed former Bulldog will be the Rodgers behind Rodgers' Favre in this situation...
28. Kansas City Chiefs: QB Vinny Testaverde (1987)
Andy Reid selects the former Hurricane to hopefully become the first QB drafted by the Chiefs to win a game for them since Todd Blackledge in 1987.
29. New England Patriots: QB Sam Bradford (2010)
With Tom Brady facing a 4-game suspension, Bradford would be an upgrade to Jimmy Garoppolo. He also seems like a Belichick kind of player.
30. Arizona Cardinals: QB Jeff George (1990)
The rocket-armed George fits perfectly into Bruce Arians' aggressive, downfield-attacking offense. Plus we need mullets to make a comeback in professional sports again.
31. Carolina Panthers: QB David Carr (2002)
The former Bulldog heads to Charlotte to back up MVP Cam Newton. Hopefully for his, and the Panthers', sake, he won't be sacked 76 times as a rookie.
32. Denver Broncos: QB Tim Couch (1999)
It was down to Couch or 2007 #1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell. With Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to throw to, along with Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, and that Wade Phillips defense, something tells me Couch would fare differently.