The Ultimate NFL Draft

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(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:

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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