Drafting college football's best players into four superteams, position by position

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Monday, August 29, 2022
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The NFL draft will take place in late April, and any player who has been at least three years removed from high school is eligible.

But what if we had a draft featuring all college football players?

We polled four writers -- Andrea Adelson, David Hale, Adam Rittenberg and Alex Scarborough -- to come up with their best all-22 selections (plus a place-kicker and return specialist) to create the best team of college football players possible. So, yes, Caleb Williams, C.J. Stroud, Will Anderson Jr. and every freshmanare all on the board.

Each roster will include the following: 1 QB, 1 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (in a little homage to fantasy football, we're giving our writers a little more freedom in how they want to build their rosters), 2 OG, 2 OT, 1 C, 4 DL/EDGE, 3 LB, 4 DB, 1 K and 1 RS. But how each roster is built will be different. And our writers will explain their selections pick by pick and what they're prioritizing.

The order of picks was randomized, and we went snake-style with the draft order. So while Hale landed the first overall pick, he won't pick again until the eighth overall selection.

At the end, you can vote on who has the best team.

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Rounds 1-12 | Rounds 13-24

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Rd. 1, Pick 1, Hale: Will Anderson Jr., OLB,Alabama

Hale: With the first pick, I am taking Will Anderson, linebacker from the University of Alabama, because he's being really, really good. That's the level of insight you can expect to get from me throughout this process.

Adelson: Wow. Only here can you find that level of analysis.

Rd. 1, Pick 2, Rittenberg: C.J. Stroud, QB,Ohio State

Rittenberg: Although he didn't win the Heisman last year, I think no one was playing better at the end of the 2021 season. Plus he'll have the best receiving corps in the country at his disposal.

Rd. 1, Pick 3, Adelson: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Adelson: How lucky did I get to have the Heisman winner fall to me at No. 3?

Hale: Who's he going to throw to,Tyler Harrell? I don't buy it.

Rd. 1, Pick 4, Scarborough: Jalen Carter, DT,Georgia

Scarborough: You guys didn't leave me any quarterbacks. I was hoping someone would mess this up. But let me go with defense here.

Rittenberg: I like it.

Adelson:Bold.

Hale: When you upstageJordan Davisover the course of a season (at times), I think that warrants a first-round draft pick.

Rd. 2, Pick 1, Scarborough: Caleb Williams, QB,USC

Scarborough: I do this with reluctance, but give me Caleb Williams. I need a quarterback; he'll have a good receiving corps; he has Lincoln Riley.

Hale: This just means that I don't take a quarterback until my last pick now.

Scarborough:Hello, Will Levis.

Rittenberg: The chances of Hale not taking an ACC quarterback now have gone down to like 0.5%.

Hale: I should get the field, every ACC quarterback.

Rd. 2, Pick 2, Adelson: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

Adelson: I have to decide whether I want a receiver for Bryce Young to throw to, or --

Hale: He doesn't have anyone to throw to at Alabama; why would you want him to throw to someone here?

Scarborough:Jermaine Burton, Tyler Harrell, he's going to have guys.

Adelson: The other person I'm considering is a running back, but I think there's some good running back depth, so I'm going to get Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Arguably the two best players in the country.

Hale: That is arguable. You are right.

Rd. 2, Pick 3, Rittenberg: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Rittenberg: Do I go receiver or do I go D-line? There's very little chance Addison's production drops off despite the transfer, and with C.J. Stroud throwing him the ball here, I anticipate another Biletnikoff Award for him.

Hale: You draft Jordan Addison, I'll lure him to my team with more NIL money during the season.

Rd. 2, Pick 4, Hale: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Scarborough: Ooooh.

Hale: I'm building a little something here that I'm excited about.

Rd. 3, Pick 1, Hale: Bijan Robinson, RB,Texas

Hale:He had nearly 1,500 yards in just 10 games. Even Texas can't screw this up. Right? Right? Hello?

Rd. 3, Pick 2, Rittenberg: Myles Murphy, DE,Clemson

Rittenberg: I've got to go defense. I'll probably choose the wrong one and have Andrea and Hale make fun of me, but I'll go with Myles Murphy from Clemson.

Hale:You mean theMyles Murphyfrom North Carolina?

Rittenberg: I anticipate him having a huge final season with theTigers.

Hale: You can never guess it's a final season when it comes to Clemson defensive linemen. He could come back for a fourth or fifth or sixth year.

Rd. 3, Pick 3, Adelson: Sean Tucker, RB,Syracuse

Rittenberg: Let the ACC bias begin.

Adelson: There is no bias here! He was one of the best running backs last season, ranking No. 4 in the nation with 124.7 yards per game, but on a terrible team. Syracuse has a Heisman campaign for him.

Rd. 3, Pick 4, Scarborough: Kayshon Boutte, WR,LSU

Scarborough: He's had nobody throwing to him, and he catches more touchdowns than anybody. The question is, who do I go with next? Tight end? Offensive line?

Rd. 4, Pick 1, Scarborough: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

Adelson: You took my guy!

Scarborough: Take that! Him and Jalen Carter side by side? Good luck.

Hale: Somebody should draft an offensive lineman to block these guys.

Rd. 4, Pick 2, Adelson: Will McDonald IV, DE,Iowa State

Adelson: I was hoping you forgot about Bresee, but I have to stay on the defensive line here. McDonald was the Co-Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year last year and a first-team FWAA All-American.

Rd. 4, Pick 3, Rittenberg: Andre Carter II, LB,Army

Rittenberg: Secondary isn't that exciting. I'm going to go outside linebacker here and take Andre Carter from Army.Yes, Army. He's one of the top NFL draft prospects outside the Power 5 and will anchor my linebacker group.

Rd. 4, Pick 4, Hale: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

Hale: You know who would go well with Will Anderson off the edge? Trenton Simpson. Twelve TFLs, six sacks and, while he didn't pass rush nearly as often as Anderson, Simpson's 33.3% pressure rate was nearly twice as good.

Rittenberg: ACC bias ...

Rd. 5, Pick 1, Hale: Jarrett Patterson, C,Notre Dame

Hale: Patterson has never allowed a sack, and since it's Notre Dame, this is only five-twelfths of ACC bias.

Rd. 5, Pick 2, Rittenberg: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

Rittenberg: Sticking with Notre Dame, I'll pick a tight end who I think is the best in the country, Michael Mayer.He has taken on more of the receiving load because Notre Dame's wideouts are just average, but that won't be the case on my team.

Hale: I almost went with him just to lock down tight ends so nobody else had one.

Rd. 5, Pick 3, Adelson: TreVeyon Henderson, FLEX, Ohio State

Hale: You're just building out your fantasy team here with your wide receivers and running backs.

Adelson: My whole goal was an all-star cast at the skill positions. Henderson is the cherry on top here. He is in line to improve his numbers from last year -- 1,579 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns.

Rd. 5, Pick 4, Scarborough: Jahmyr Gibbs, FLEX, Alabama

Rittenberg: Are you going to put him at running back or flex?

Scarborough: He is a true flex.

Hale: He is so good, and I genuinely think he has a good chance to win the Heisman this year.

Rittenberg: Really?

Hale: He's going to catch balls out of the backfield, and they don't have an established receiving group. He is a really good runner. It's unlikely that the Heisman repeats, and we're talking about Alabama here. Somebody from Alabama is going to be in the mix.

Scarborough: He'sJameson Williams, except he's a running back. He's going to have that type of impact.

Rd. 6, Pick 1, Scarborough: Layden Robinson, OG,Texas A&M

Rd. 6, Pick 2, Adelson: Peter Skoronski, OT,Northwestern

Adelson: I'm also going to go offensive line to help my all-stars. Skoronski gives me three players in the top 10 of Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest Big Board.

Rittenberg:Ahhh, that was my pick.

Adelson: Aha!

Rd. 6, Pick 3, Rittenberg: Noah Sewell, LB,Oregon

Rittenberg: We have a Pac-12 player here somewhere, but I'm going to go with Noah Sewell from Oregon. I love his game. He's a sound tackler and a playmaker whom offenses need to track on every play.

Rd. 6, Pick 4, Hale: Kelee Ringo, DB, Georgia

Rd. 7, Pick 1, Hale: Jordan Battle, DB, Alabama

Hale: Locking down my secondary here with two All-America-caliber players. Ringo has first-round potential, which is true of essentially everyone who's played for Georgia's defense in the past 12 months.

Rd. 7, Pick 2, Rittenberg: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

Rittenberg: I'm going to protect C.J. Stroud's blind side with his actual tackle from Ohio State.

Rd. 7, Pick 3, Adelson: Calijah Kancey, DT,Pitt

Adelson: I'm going back to defense and more ACC bias. I talked to their defensive line coach, who was raving about the gains he made in the offseason with his strength and quickness. Pitt always has some talent up front, and he's the best one.

Hale: I might need to take a defensive lineman at some point. This isn't going well.

Rd. 7, Pick 4, Scarborough: Nolan Smith, LB, Georgia

Scarborough: I'll stick with the run of defensive players. Give me one of the most impressive people I've ever been around, Nolan Smith.

Rd. 8, Pick 1, Scarborough: Brandon Joseph, DB, Notre Dame

Rd. 8, Pick 2, Adelson: Jalen Catalon, DB,Arkansas

Adelson: Kiper has him rated the No. 4 safety for the 2023 draft headed into the season.

Rd. 8, Pick 3, Rittenberg: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE,Kansas State

Rittenberg: He's a sack master extraordinaire. Anudike-Uzomah finished in the top three nationally in both sacks per game and forced fumbles per game. A disruptor.

Hale: You've been taking a lot of guys from me lately. He was going to be my next pick.

Rd. 8, Pick 4, Hale: Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame

Hale: So I'm going to audible and stay at the same position. I'm loading up on the Irish here. I don't know how I feel about that.

Rd. 9, Pick 1, Hale: Josh Downs, WR,North Carolina

Hale: I've got to start building out my receiving corps. Give me the ACC; give me Josh Downs. He's going to light it up with Drake Maye at quarterback.

Rd. 9, Pick 2, Rittenberg: Cam Smith, DB,South Carolina

Rittenberg: I think you guys should be proud that I haven't taken a running back yet, but I'm going to wait a little bit longer.

Hale: You're running an air raid.

Rittenberg: I'm going to go into the SEC and start building my secondary with Cam Smith, shutdown cornerback from South Carolina.He'll be a handful for any No. 1 wide receiver.

Rd. 9, Pick 3, Adelson: Bumper Pool, LB, Arkansas

Adelson:I need a tackling machine in my linebacker group, and Pool fits the bill. He led the Hogs with 125 tackles last year, the second straight season he had 100+ tackles in a season.

Rd. 9, Pick 4, Scarborough: John Michael Schmitz, C,Minnesota

Scarborough: You're telling me that the best center is in Minnesota; I'm going there all day.

Rd. 10, Pick 1, Scarborough: Eli Ricks, DB, Alabama

Scarborough: Because you, Rittenberg, stole Cam Smith from me, give me Eli Ricks. I'm hoping he is as good this year as he was his freshman year at LSU.

Rd. 10, Pick 2, Adelson: Riley Moss, DB,Iowa

Adelson:I'm going to fill out my cornerback room with Riley Moss, who was the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in 2021.

Rd. 10, Pick 3, Rittenberg: Deuce Vaughn, FLEX, Kansas State

Rittenberg: I'm probably picking him a little earlier than I'd be picking, but I don't want to lose him. For my flex, I'm going back to Manhattan, Kansas. I always viewed Vaughn as a flex as opposed to a pure running back. He makes a ton of big-chunk plays.

Scarborough: You're taking all my picks.

Rd. 10, Pick 4, Hale: Andrew Vorhees, OG, USC

Hale: I'm going to bolster my O-line, and whether we're talking about the Pac-12 or Camp Crystal Lake, guys named Vorhees are always a terror.

Rd. 11, Pick 1, Hale: Tyler Davis, DT, Clemson

Hale: Hopefully he can stay on the field for a full year this year.

Rd. 11, Pick 2, Rittenberg: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa

Rittenberg: I probably should go O-line, but I'm going to fill out what is clearly the best linebacker group of these teams. Iowa coaches think Campbell will go down as one of the team's most talented linebackers.

Hale: You don't have an NC State linebacker, therefore you cannot have the best linebacker group.

Adelson: Don't give away future secrets, Hale.

Rd. 11, Pick 3, Adelson: Caleb Chandler, OG,Louisville

Rittenberg: All these guards early, I'm surprised.

Adelson: I have an All-Star team at my skill positions. I need them to stay healthy and upright. Chandler is the best offensive lineman at Louisville since Mekhi Becton.

Rd. 11, Pick 4, Scarborough: Dallas Turner, OLB, Alabama

Scarborough: Maybe we're working off the draft lists too much because I don't think Dallas Turner has been taken. I think he's going to have double-digit sacks.

Rd. 12, Pick 1, Scarborough: Braelon Allen, RB,Wisconsin

Scarborough: Sorry, Adam.

Rittenberg: Ugh.

Rd. 12, Pick 2, Adelson: Henry To'oTo'o, LB, Alabama

Adelson:I need to focus on the linebackers. To'oTo'o is a preseason first-team All-SEC choice after he led the Tide with 113 tackles last season, including 8.5 for loss.

Rd. 12, Pick 3, Rittenberg: Blake Freeland, OT,BYU

Rittenberg: Opposite Paris Johnson, I'll select the 6-foot-8 Blake Freeland. He has great size and length, and BYU has had a nice run of producing NFL prospects on the line.

Rd. 12, Pick 4, Hale: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

Hale:Since I've yet to pick a QB, I might as well stock up on the O-line in hopes of luring some good free agents.

Rd. 13, Pick 1, Hale: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

Hale:Will Quinn Ewers be able to get him the ball?Nabbing two players from Texas was not part of my original blueprint for roster management.

Rd. 13, Pick 2, Rittenberg: Clark Phillips III, DB,Utah

Rittenberg: I've shown great discipline by not taking a Utah player yet, but opposite Cam Smith at corner, I will go with Clark Phillips III.Utah famously beat out Ohio State for Phillips, who could become a national awards candidate this fall.

Rd. 13, Pick 3, Adelson: Cedric Tillman, WR,Tennessee

Adelson: I'm going back to skill with Cedric Tillman because I think Tennessee is going to throw for a lot of yards this year.

Rd. 13, Pick 4, Scarborough: Drake Thomas, LB,NC State

Rd. 14, Pick 1, Scarborough: Christopher Smith, DB, Georgia

Rd. 14, Pick 2, Adelson: Payton Wilson, LB, NC State

Adelson: You can have Drake Thomas, I'll take ...

Hale: Don't do it.

Adelson:Wilson is coming off an injury but was the best linebacker in their talented group before he got hurt.

Rd. 14, Pick 3, Rittenberg: Olusegun Oluwatimi, C,Michigan

Rittenberg: I know Andrea still needs a center, so I want to make sure I get someone good. The ACC's loss is Michigan's gain. Oluwatimi will anchor a Wolverines line that once again projects as a team strength.

Adelson: My offensive line is a disaster.

Rd. 14, Pick 4, Hale: Antonio Johnson, DB, Texas A&M

Adelson: Oh, I have no safeties, either.

Rd. 15, Pick 1, Hale: Devon Achane, FLEX, Texas A&M

Hale: I'm going to stay at the same school and pick one of the fastest guys in the country.

Rd. 15, Pick 2, Rittenberg: Andrew Mukuba, DB, Clemson

Rittenberg: I need a safety, and I'm going to go with a good, young one from Clemson.Mukuba earned ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and made several freshman All-America teams.

Rd. 15, Pick 3, Adelson: Jammie Robinson, DB,Florida State

Adelson: I also need a safety and will stay in the ACC with the only Florida State player to make the preseason All-ACC team.

Rd. 15, Pick 4, Scarborough: Derick Hall, LB,Auburn

Scarborough:I think it's almost too much SEC for me.

Rittenberg: Wow, he picked an Auburn Tiger.

Rd. 16, Pick 1, Scarborough: Arik Gilbert, TE, Georgia

Scarborough: It's a pure potential pick, but he's so talented.

Rd. 16, Pick 2, Adelson: Zach Harrison, DE, Ohio State

Hale: Andrea, you're killing me -- that's who I was going to take.

Adelson: Muahahaha!

Hale: I want to take Tanner Ingle just to spite you now.

Rd. 16, Pick 3, Rittenberg: Jaquelin Roy, DT, LSU

Rittenberg:I need size and skill for my interior defensive line, and Roy brings both. He's much more than a space-eater against the run, as he has consistently reached the backfield to rack up tackles for loss.

Rd. 16, Pick 4, Hale: Connor Galvin, OT,Baylor

Rd. 17, Pick 1, Hale:Zak Zinter, OG, Michigan

Hale: I'm going to round out my offensive line here with these two picks. I did a story about what happened to football in the Northeast, where I interviewed UMass coach Don Brown, and he was listing off all the good Northeast players he's gotten from Michigan. And that's part of why I'm picking Zak Zinter.

Rd. 17, Pick 2, Rittenberg:O'Cyrus Torrence, OG,Florida

Rittenberg:I was going to go with Christian Mahoganyfrom Boston College, but he's out for the year.Torrence was outstanding for Billy Napier at Louisiana and follows his coach to Gainesville, where he'll help anchor the Gators' line.

Rd. 17, Pick 3, Adelson:Jordan McFadden, OT, Clemson

Adelson:To continue to address my offensive line, I am going with a veteran on the Clemson offensive line who is one of the best tackles in the ACC.

Rd. 17, Pick 4, Scarborough:Jaxson Kirkland, OT,Washington

Rd. 18, Pick 1, Scarborough:Clark Barrington, OG, BYU

Scarborough: I'm going to stick with offensive line here and pick two.

Rd. 18, Pick 2, Adelson:Nick Herbig, OLB, Wisconsin

Adelson:I need another defensive end or linebacker. I'll take Nick Herbig as an outside rusher. He led the Badgers with nine sacks, and ranked seventh in the Big Ten with 14.5 tackles for loss.

Rd. 18, Pick 3, Rittenberg:Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor

Rittenberg:Ika is another big body with experience who fills a key role in my defensive line. The LSU transfer earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors last year, when he had four sacks and six tackles for loss.

Rd. 18, Pick 4, Hale:BJ Ojulari, LB, LSU

Rd. 19, Pick 1, Hale:Josh DeBerry, DB,Boston College

Hale:Ask me who led the country in lowest completion percentage versus FBS opponents last year. That would be Josh DeBerry. And let me ask you this: Who led the country last year in QBR against as a cornerback? That would be Josh DeBerry.

Rd. 19, Pick 2, Rittenberg:Quentin Johnston, WR,TCU

Rittenberg: He's a breakout candidate for me. He's playing in Sonny Dykes' offense in the Big 12, which should help him increase his production. And no, colleague Dave Wilson isn't channeling this pick.

Rd. 19, Pick 3, Adelson: Brian Branch, DB, Alabama

Adelson:I have two of the highest-rated safeties among Kiper's top 10 at the position -- he ranks No. 5.

Rd. 19, Pick 4, Scarborough: Joey Porter Jr., DB,Penn State

Rd. 20, Pick 1, Scarborough:Malik Knowles, RS, Kansas State

Adelson: Oh good, you didn't take my return specialist, which is where I was going next.

Rittenberg: We have three K-State players. That's pretty sweet.

Rd. 20, Pick 2, Adelson:Brian Battie, RS,South Florida

Rittenberg: A USF player?

Adelson:He had more kickoff-return touchdowns last year (3) than Jameson Williams (2).

Rd. 20, Pick 3, Rittenberg: JL Skinner, DB,Boise State

Rittenberg: I need to find a second safety, and I'm going to go in the Mountain West to grab him.He's very much on the NFL radar after a productive 2021 season and should continue to thrive under coach Andy Avalos this fall.

Rd. 20, Pick 4, Hale:Habakkuk Baldonado, OLB, Pitt

Hale: He's from Italy, so I can get double-digit sacks this season and a nice cacio e pepe.

Rd. 21, Pick 1, Hale:Jayden Reed, RS,Michigan State

Hale: I'll go with my return man, and I should get to use him at receiver, too.

Rittenberg: That's a good pick.

Rd. 21, Pick 2, Rittenberg:Braeden Daniels, OG, Utah

Hale: This draft has really opened my eyes to the idea that K-State and Utah have some really fine players.Daniels has started 29 games, working at both guard and tackle, and will lead one of the better lines west of the Mississippi.

Rd. 21, Pick 3, Adelson: Jake Moody, K, Michigan

Adelson: You guys have already picked everything I have left except for one position, so I'm going kicker, baby! Go Blue.

Rd. 21, Pick 4, Scarborough:Mario Williams, WR, USC

Scarborough: Caleb Williams has to throw the ball somewhere else.

Hale:Not the former No. 1 overall pick from NC State?

Scarborough: I'll take him, too.

Rd. 22, Pick 1, Scarborough:Will Campbell, OT, LSU

Scarborough: I'm going to go way off the board with a freshman. I think he'sthat good, and Brian Kelly loves him.

Rd. 22, Pick 2, Adelson:Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

Adelson: I'm going to go with the team that always has awesome tight ends. You can always count on an Iowa tight end.

Rd. 22, Pick 3, Rittenberg: Harrison Mevis, K,Missouri

Rd. 22, Pick 4, Hale:Deshawn Pace, LB,Cincinnati

Hale:In the past five years, only eight players have had four picks, nine TFLs and 80 tackles in a season. Pace is one of them.

Rd. 23, Pick 1, Hale: Jonah Dalmas, K, Boise State

Hale: I'm taking my kicker before I take my quarterbackonly because I think it's funny. He made more field goals (26) last year than anybody else in the country.

Rd. 23, Pick 2, Rittenberg:Zach Evans, RB,Ole Miss

Adelson: I'm surprised you didn't take Chris Rodriguez Jr. out of Kentucky.

Rittenberg: Evans is one of the most intriguing players in the country.

Rd. 23, Pick 3, Adelson: Jake Renfro, C, Cincinnati

Adelson:It's most definitely an outrage he's not on the Rimington Award watch list for outstanding center.

Rd. 23, Pick 4, Scarborough: Brenton Cox Jr., DE, Florida

Rd. 24, Pick 1, Scarborough: Anders Carlson, K, Auburn

Scarborough: If there is a Carlson kicking at Auburn, I'm taking him. And Auburn's offense might not put up a lot of points.

Rd. 24, Pick 2, Adelson:T.J. Bass, OG, Oregon

Adelson:He was a first-team all-conference player a year ago. Plus, he just looks the part.

Rd. 24, Pick 3, Rittenberg:Bryan Massey, RS,SMU

Rd. 24, Pick 4, Hale:Malik Cunningham, QB, Louisville

Hale: Part of me thought I should takeGrayson McCallfor our team identity, but I'm going to channel my inner Andrea here. This is going to be a run-oriented offense with Cunningham.I think he's as difficult to defend as any other quarterback in the country.

Team Hale

QB Malik Cunningham

RB Bijan Robinson

WR Josh Downs

WR Xavier Worthy

TE Brock Bowers

FLEX Devon Achane

OG Andrew Vorhees

OG Zak Zinter

OT Dawand Jones

OT Connor Galvin

C Jarrett Patterson

EDGE Will Anderson Jr.

DT Tyler Davis

DT/DE Isaiah Foskey

EDGE Habakkuk Baldonado

LB Trenton Simpson

LB BJ Ojulari

LB Deshawn Pace

DBKelee Ringo

DB Josh DeBerry

DBJordan Battle

DBAntonio Johnson

K Jonah Dalmas

RS Jayden Reed

Team Rittenberg

QB C.J. Stroud

RB Zach Evans

WR Jordan Addison

WR Quentin Johnston

TE Michael Mayer

FLEX Deuce Vaughn

OG O'Cyrus Torrence

OG Braeden Daniels

OT Paris Johnson Jr.

OT Blake Freeland

C Olusegun Oluwatimi

EDGE Myles Murphy

DT Jaquelin Roy

DT/DE Siaki Ika

EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah

LB Andre Carter II

LB Noah Sewell

LB Jack Campbell

DBCam Smith

DB Clark Phillips III

DBAndrew Mukuba

DBJL Skinner

K Harrison Mevis

RS Bryan Massey

Team Adelson

QB Bryce Young

RB Sean Tucker

WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba

WR Cedric Tillman

TE Sam LaPorta

FLEX TreVeyon Henderson

OG Caleb Chandler

OG T.J. Bass

OT Peter Skoronski

OT Jordan McFadden

C Jake Renfro

EDGE Nick Herbig

DT Calijah Kancey

DT/DE Will McDonald IV

EDGE Zach Harrison

LB Bumper Pool

LB Henry To'oTo'o

LB Payton Wilson

DB Riley Moss

DB Brian Branch

DBJalen Catalon

DBJammie Robinson

K Jake Moody

RS Brian Battie

Team Scarborough

QB Caleb Williams

RB Braelon Allen

WR Kayshon Boutte

WR Mario Williams

TE Arik Gilbert

FLEX Jahmyr Gibbs

OG Layden Robinson

OG Clark Barrington

OT Jaxson Kirkland

OT Will Campbell

C John Michael Schmitz

EDGE Brenton Cox Jr.

DT Jalen Carter

DT/DE Bryan Bresee

EDGE Dallas Turner

LB Nolan Smith

LB Drake Thomas

LB Derick Hall

DB Eli Ricks

DB Christopher Smith

DBBrandon Joseph

DBJoey Porter Jr.

K Anders Carlson

RS Malik Knowles

Team leaders:

8 - Alabama

6 - Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State

4 - LSU, Notre Dame, USC

3 - Iowa, Kansas State, Michigan, Texas A&M

2 - Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Boise State, BYU, Cincinnati, Florida, Louisville, NC State, Oregon, Pitt, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin

1 - Army, Boston College, Florida State, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Penn State, SMU, South Carolina, South Florida, Syracuse, TCU, Tennessee, Washington

How do you feel about your team?

Hale: Much like every fantasy draft I've ever been in, I hate my team. I'm filled with regret.

Adelson: I love my team. I have the best collection of quarterback and skill players, and that was my goal.

Hale: And if this was just a fantasy league, by all means. You need to be good at the line of scrimmage.

Adelson: I have great defensive linemen.

Rittenberg:I would take issue with Andrea's claim. I think my quarterback-receiver-tight end combination, with the potential of Zach Evans, is outstanding. And I'm thrilled with my linebacker group with three potential All-Americans. There are certain positions that aren't as strong this year, I think the secondary isn't as strong overall, but at skill and linebacker, I'm pretty proud of that.

Scarborough:I have a potential Heisman winner in Jahmyr Gibbs -- I'm surprised he slipped -- and I have a good defensive line to build around Jalen Carter and Bryan Bresee. Plus, Dallas Turner is going to steal all of Will Anderson Jr.'s sacks, so I win.

Hale: I still don't like my team, but I have some matchup problems. You are going to have to do some scheming to stop Malik Cunningham. I have Brock Bowers, Devon Achane, all speed; I have Bijan Robinson;Josh Downs is as good of a slot receiver as there is in the country. I like my matchups. We're going to have to be well-coached, andclearly they have the best coach in me.

What is your team's biggest weakness?

Hale: I would have loved to have gotten after the quarterback, and besides Anderson, I'm not sure how well I managed to execute that in the draft.

Scarborough: I think I drafted too much off potential. I like the picks, but Arik Gilbert, who knows? Will Campbell, who knows?

Rittenberg: I like my defensive ends more than my tackles, although both Jaquelin Roy and Siaki Ika could be OK. I don't think safety is a big strength across the country. I don't know if there are a lot of elite safeties out there.

Adelson: That's why I left safety toward the end. I probably should have picked linebackers a bit higher. I'm a little concerned about my linebacker group and my offensive line.

Which player were you most angry that someone else picked?

Adelson: I wanted Bresee, and Alex took him right before me.

Hale: My No. 1 guy I wanted was Gibbs, and Alex took him too.

Adelson: Basically, we hate Alex, is what we're saying.

Rittenberg: I really wanted Peter Skoronski, unsurprisingly. Gibbs was a really good pick. As the last person to pick a running back, that was probably a mistake on my part.

Scarborough: I wanted Cam Smith, but you took him from me.

Who is the steal of the draft?

Scarborough: He could be a bust, but Zach Evans, in that offense.

Rittenberg: Nick Herbig was a good pick. I liked Joey Porter Jr. at 19. Deshawn Pace at 22 for Hale is really good value.

Who's the best player who wasn't picked?

Hale: If we were taking more running backs, I would haveWill Shipleyon my roster. He is going to be a really good player for Clemson and was worthy of a pick.

Rittenberg:I think two running backs who are going to be really good are Tavion Thomas and Travis Dye. I think Dye's going to have a really good year at USC.Collin Oliverfrom Oklahoma State would have been a really good pick. In hindsight, I probably should have found a way to get him on my team.

Adelson: A.T. Perry from Wake Forest, but that's tougher because quarterback Sam Hartman is out.

Was there a freshman besides Will Campbell who should have been considered?

Scarborough: Walter Nolen at Texas A&M.

Adelson: Florida State has a couple of freshman corners who are going to play a lot.

Hale: Travis Hunter, definitely. We should have required at least one FCS selection here.

Rittenberg: Sonny Styles at Ohio State is probably going to be in the mix at safety even though he won't start right away. I could see Derrick Moore getting on the field at Michigan too.

Are you surprised at any of the team representation?

Adelson: I had a bunch of Iowa players.

Rittenberg: BYU, Cincinnati.

Scarborough: Not a single Nebraska player.

Rittenberg: I don't think we had a single Oklahoma State player on here, and OSU was in the top 10 last year.

Adelson: No Miami players.

Rittenberg:You could have picked Tyler Van Dyke, Hale.

Hale: Quarterback was a challenge because there are a lot of arguments you could make. I thought about Grayson McCall, I thought about Van Dyke, those are the two I was closest with. But I like the versatility and dual-threat nature of Malik Cunningham.

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