The Ultimate NFL Draft


(Photos courtesy of New England Patriots (Brady) & San Diego Chargers (Alworth) 

Talk of Fame Network

April is the month in the NFL calendar dominated by draft talk: What players are going to what teams in what order?

Well, the Talk of Fame Network decided to conduct the ultimate draft. For each of the last seven weeks, your Hall of Fame guys – Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge – have been drafting teams by rounds. The draft started way back on March 1 when the guys selected the best of the undrafted players on the weekly show. And each weekend since then, the draft has focused on a specific round – seventh, sixth, fifth, fourth…leading up to the first round on the April 19th show.

Borges drew the first pick in Rounds 3 and 6, which put him in the enviable position to draft two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history – Tom Brady (sixth round) and Joe Montana (third). Borges, who moonlights as a columnist for the Boston Herald, went with his heart and took Brady.

But Borges stunningly traded away his first pick in the third round, swapping ones with Gosselin and receiving kicker Adam Vinatieri in the exchange. It was the only trade consummated in the seven weeks of drafting thus far – and it gave Gosselin Montana.

Judge has focused on the offensive skill positions, drafting four Hall of Fame receivers (Lance Alworth, Paul Warfield, Bob Hayes and Bobby Mitchell), plus a Hall of Fame tight end in John Mackey. Judge also claimed two Hall of Fame centers, Mike Webster and Jim Langer, and three Hall of Fame middle linebackers: Ray Nitschke, Jack Lambert and Harry Carson.

Borges has gone heavy on defense, selecting six cornerbacks, including Hall of Famers Mel Blount and Aeneas Williams, and some elite pass rushers: Charles Haley, Michael Strahan, Howie Long and Jared Allen. Borges also loves those former Dallas Cowboys offensive linemen, selecting tackle Rayfield Wright and guards Larry Allen and Nate Newton.

Gosselin also went all in on pass rushers, selecting Kevin Greene, Jason Taylor, Robert Mathis and Gino Marchetti. And he drafted for third-down efficiency on offense, selecting running backs Larry Centers and Lionel James. Centers became the first back ever to catch 100 passes in a season and Centers the first back ever to catch 1,000 yards worth of passes in a season.

The Hall of Fame guys draft the second round on the April 12 show and then close out the draft with the first rounders on the April 19 show. Then we’ll post the rosters up and make it our weekly poll question. We’ll allow our listeners of the Talk of Fame Network and readers of decide who did the best job of drafting.

Here are the teams thus far:

 Rick                   Ron                    Clark

QB Joe Montana QB Tom Brady QB Kurt Warner
Bup QB Warren Moon Bup QB Tony Romo Bup QB Norm Van Brocklin
HB Priest Holmes HB Curtis Martin HB Marion Motley
HB Larry Centers HB Bo Jackson HB Terrell Davis
HB Lionel James FB Joe Perry HB Abner Haynes
FB Jim Taylor WR Harold Carmichael FB Bill Brown
WR Antonio Brown WR Cliff Branch WR Lance Alworth
WR Cris Carter TE Shannon Sharpe WR Paul Warfield
Slot Steve Largent TE Ben Coates WR Bob Hayes
TE Mark Bavaro LT Sherman Plunkett WR Bobby Mitchell
LT Jackie Slater RT Rayfield Wright TE John Mackey
RT Forrest Gregg G Larry Allen LT Art Shell
OT Bob St. Clair G Will Shields RT Mike McCormack
G Larry Little G Nate Newton LT Joe Jacoby
G Jerry Kramer C Jim Ringo G Stan Jones
G Gene Hickerson G Russ Grimm
C Dwight Stephenson SDE Michael Strahan G Bob Kuechenberg
C Matt Birk SDE Bill Willis C Jim Langer
DE Lyle Alzado C Mike Webster
SDE Gino Marchetti DT John Randle
NT Joe Klecko WDE Charles Haley SDE Earl Faison
DT La’Roi Glover WDE Howie Long NT Curley Culp
WDE Jason Taylor DPR Jared Allen WDE Harvey Martin
DPR Robert Mathis SLB Ted Henricks SLB Dave Wilcox
SLB Kevin Greene SLB Andre Tippett MLB Jack Lambert
MLB Joe Schmidt SLB D.D. Lewis MLB Harry Carson
WLB Jack Ham MLB Zach Tomas MLB Ray Nitschke
CB Night Train Lane WLB Greg Lloyd WLB Bobby Bell
CB Jack Butler CB Mel Blount CB Willie Brown
Slot CB Lemar Parrish CB Aeneas Williams CB Lem Barney
SS Larry Wilson CB Richard Sherman CB/S Mel Renfro
FS Eddie Meador CB Ken Riley SS Willie Wood
CB Albert Lewis FS Donnie Shell
K Jan Stenerud Slot CB Skip Thomas S Pat Tillman
P Reggie Roby FS Emlen Tunnell S Jack Christiansen
DS Patrick Mannelly SS Rodney Harrison K Gary Anderson
ST ace Malcolm Butler P Andy Lee
Coach Bill Parcells K Adam Vinatieri
K Lou Groza
P Pat McInally
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