(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 talkoffamenetwork.com decide who did the best job of drafting.
Here are the teams thus far:
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|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|