We go through an NFL Fantasy Draft using only first round picks from the last six draft classes, limited to one player per draft class.
In this week’s episode, we ran through a re-draft of first round picks from 2017-2022. This was a snake style draft with four participants, and our draft order was chosen randomly. There are only a few rules to the exercise:
- Each participant must select a:
- Flex ( WR, RB, TE)
- Front 7 (DL, Edge, LB)
- DB (CB, S)
- Wildcard (Any Position)
- Only one player may be selected from each draft class per person. This means that each drafter should have one player from the 2017 draft class, the 2018 draft class, and so on through the 2022 draft class.
Pretty simple, right?
Picking first overall is special guest Michael Rochman. Michael is an NFL Draft Analyst for Landry Football and Lindy’s Sports Magazine who also writes about the Texas Longhorns for Orangebloods. Additionally, Michael is one of the primary contributors to “2 Minute Drill”, a rapidly growing YouTube page that provides quick hitting analysis on the NFL and College Football. The content can also be found on TikTok and Twitter.
Michael took Pat Mahomes with the number one overall pick, and I am not sure anybody could blame him for doing so. Surprisingly though, Michael was the only person in the group to use his wildcard spot on an offensive lineman. Pairing Tristan Wirfs and Evan Neal together to protect Mahomes as he is chucking the ball to Ja’Marr Chase is a dream of an offense, regardless of who else is on the field. Defensively, Michael’s roster is a little light due to his use of the wildcard spot. But Jeffrey Simmons on the DL with Jaire Alexander locking down the #1 CB spot is still a very strong jumping off point.
Just for fun, I decided to look up Madden ratings for these players. If you were to put together a team with these six players and the rest of the roster was rated 70 overall, the team has an average rating of 72.11. The offense is rated 72.8, while the defense is rated 71.68.
Picking #2 overall, but #1 in our hearts is Jay May. While I want to assume that we all know who Jay is, I will give you the run down anyways. Jay is the host of the Shaving Points Podcast. He is a native Texan who played a little bit of offensive line at the D-II level. Jay has an expanse of football experience and relationships tying him into the world of College Football. All of Jay’s content can be found at the Shaving Points website.
Jay has the All-Gold Chain team right here. Rekindling that Ohio State connection (kind of?), we have Joe Burrow and Chris Olave bringing the aerial attack. Protecting for Burrow is Northwestern Wildcat legend Rashawn Slater. On the opposite side of the football, Jay has Nick Bosa collapsing the pocket while Tre’Davious White and Derwin James lock up the deep half of the field. Jay took a very balanced approach here, with equal amounts offense and defense.
It is tough to find much you do not like here besides the lack of proven NFL production at WR. But that is not much of a concern for Olave in my opinion. And even though Burrow and Olave were only on the Ohio State Campus together for a few months, we are just going to assume that they are best friends already.
If you were to put together a Madden team with these six players and the rest of the roster was rated 70 overall, the team has an average rating of 72.08. The offense is rated 71.6, while the defense is rated 72.8.
Picking #3 overall is Shaving Points Podcast co-host Quinten Krzysko. Quinten is a numbers guy who looks at the game from more of an analytics-based approach. He has been creating Chicago Bears and NFL Analytics content since 2020. Content from Quinten can be found at the Shaving Points website.
Have you ever seen this dude in shorts? He’s tall, has elite NFL size hands, a rocket arm, and is a born winner. That somebody is Josh Allen. Then, as if Josh Allen were not enough on his own, we have Justin Jefferson AND Kyle Pitts joining the party. This offense is going to be bananas. If the offensive line can hold up. You see, Quinten painted himself into a corner by neglecting the 2019 draft class, which was weaker in talent. While it is not the ideal situation, Jonah Williams is a quality starter at left tackle who should be able to be a rock on that offensive line.
Defensively, Quinten’s roster is a little light due to his use of the wildcard spot on Kyle Pitts. But having Myles Garrett dominating on the defensive line while Sauce Gardner is locking down the #1 CB spot is nothing to scoff at.
If you were to put together a Madden team with these six players and the rest of the roster was rated 70 overall, the team has an average rating of 72.02. The offense is rated 72.8, while the defense is rated 71.48.
Picking #4 overall is special guest Mason West. Mason has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a passion for Chicago sports. He is often sharing thoughts on the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Cubs, and Blackhawks on Twitter, as well as posting workout routines and health tips to his Instagram.
Mason, picking #4 overall and the owner of consecutive picks in the snake draft, took a little bit different of an approach. After snagging the “Pretty Boy Assassin” Justin Herbert early, he added Christian McCaffrey and Quenton Nelson to his offense. The versatility that McCaffrey brings to an offense is an ultimate tool for a play caller and adding a mauling Guard in front of him only helps the situation. While Herbert does not have any WRs to throw to, there has been an influx of WRs into the NFL that should be able to help soon enough.
On defense, Mason put together a destructive duo of Micah Parsons and Brian Burns. That type of combination could be lethal to offensive lines around the NFL. From the 2022 draft class, Mason selected Derek Stingley over Sauce Gardner. Mason went on to say that he preferred Stingley because of his natural playmaking ability and ability to play in both man and zone schemes.
If you were to put together a Madden team with these six players and the rest of the roster was rated 70 overall, the team has an average rating of 72.08. The offense is rated 72.76, while the defense is rated 71.64.