Last week, I wrote part 1 of an article about a “challenge” for NFL fans that was going around the internet recently. The challenge was to pick the 10 players in the league that you’d start your team with, knowing every other player on your team would be league average if you wanted to contend for a Super Bowl for the next 3 years. That part 1 is here:
So, for the first 5 picks, I chose Aaron Donald, Patrick Mahomes, Quenton Nelson, Tyron Smith, and Khalil Mack.
6. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Saints (23)
Continuing to strengthen the defense with this pick, I’m taking one of the best young talents at cornerback in the league. Lattimore won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2017 and was named an All-Pro the same year, and at only 2 years old, his prime years are still likely ahead of him. With two elite pass rushers in Donald and Mack already on the defense, Lattimore likely gets a lot of opportunities to make plays on the ball.
7. Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants (22)
Time to get Mahomes some weapons for the offense, and for a QB who throws to his running backs often, there’s no one better than Barkley to complement that playstyle. Barkley caught 91 passes his rookie year and was named to the Pro Bowl, even without the best quarterbacking situation next to him. On an offense with an elite quarterback and elite offensive linemen, he could shine even more.
8. Darius Leonard, LB, Colts (24)
Darius Leonard had a historic rookie season for the Colts, leading the entire league in tackles. He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year, and also named to First Team All-Pro as well. He is dominant in the run game while also having shown the ability to make plays on the ball in the air, and at the age of 24, he is another player who will be legitimately great for the next 3 years.
9. Derwin James, S, Chargers (23)
James, in his rookie year, showed himself as a dynamic playmaker on defense that is capable of changing the game with a play at any time. He racked up 3 interceptions with 13 passes defended, and 3.5 sacks while also showing the ability to make tackles in the run game, with 105 total tackles. He and Lattimore would be an amazing duo in the pass game, while he could also combine with Leonard to shut down the run.
10. Odell Beckham, Jr, WR, Browns (26)
Beckham is one of the most dynamic receivers in NFL history already and is only 26 years old. His unique combination of crisp route running, huge catch radius, and breakaway speed makes him extremely difficult to keep down for any one game- and he has done this without an elite QB, especially when it comes to deep routes. With a quarterback like Mahomes, the sky would be the limit for him. He’s the fastest ever to reach 5,000 receiving yards, and again, at his age, he has more great football ahead of him.
So, in conclusion, my 10:
Odell Beckham, Jr
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