Yahoo! Sports columnist Michael Silver put out his own mock draft today, albeit with a twist. The only thing his mock draft has in common with the 2011 NFL draft is the order in which the teams make their selections.
Silver’s ultimate mock draft assumes the league is starting from scratch, rosters are completely empty and everyone is eligible for the draft. The exercise essentially answers the question of what each team would do if they were starting over and making their selections in draft order. With 12 players already off the board, who would the Lions choose to start their reborn franchise?
If you said Patrick Willis, you are in agreement with Michael Silver. He offers the following commentary:
Monsters of the Midway? Meet the new Monster of Motown, as the selection of Willis gives head coach Jim Schwartz the defensive standard-bearer he so desperately craves. The departure of the 49ers’ best player should be devastating to Harbaugh, but he’s too busy swooning over Luck to notice.
I know what you’re thinking, why not start with Ndamukong Suh? Because Silver would have the Tennessee Titans select him with the eighth pick. He says:
Harkening back to the days when Albert Haynesworth(notes) was the league’s most dominant interior lineman, the Titans snag the explosive, versatile Suh, who more than justified the hype accompanying his rookie season with the Lions. And don’t get me started on the marketing possibilities in the Music City, where the Man in Black is looking down and smiling.
The ultimate mock draft has Calvin Johnson going to the Saints, although he wouldn’t be getting the ball from Drew Brees, he went third to the Buffalo Bills.
Think the renovated Superdome could use a Megatron? Sean Payton does, and the combination of his offense and Johnson’s skill set is truly a scary one. As an added bonus, Payton offers to let Johnson commute from his native Georgia, reasoning that “it’s really not that big of a deal.”
Sam Bradford and Jay Cutler were the only players that wouldn’t have to find new living arrangements if the ultimate mock draft was real. Click the thumbnail below for the full draft, it is certainly a nice diversion from the typcial mock draft monotony: