How does it work? We were asked to build a 53-man roster as if we were constructing our own NFL team. Each player has been assigned a salary and each owner is given a salary cap of $150 million. In addition to picking our players, we were asked to explain the logic behind makeup of our team, along with the schemes and the plays that we would use. You can download the instructions and the Q&A and submit your own team.
I went extremely heavy on offense (more on that tomorrow), spending $93.5 million of my salary on that side of the ball. You can view my full roster here, which lists the salary values and my short explanations for why I chose each player. But here’s a quick look at who I selected:
QB1 Peyton Manning LDE1 Shea McClellin QB2 Colt McCoy LDE2 Cameron Heyward QB3 Nate Davis DT1 Phil Taylor RB1 Kendall Hunter DT2 Jared Crick RB2 Pierre Thomas DT3 Terrence Cody RB3 LaMichael James DT4 Martin Tevaseu RB4 John Clay RDE1 Vinny Curry WR2 Victor Cruz RDE2 Adam Carriker WR1 Torrey Smith SLB1 Leroy Hill WR3 Anquan Boldin SLB2 Aaron Maybin WR4 T.Y. Hilton MLB1 A.J. Hawk WR5 Ted Ginn Jr. MLB2 Nick Roach WR6 Wallace Wright MLB3 Greg Jones TE1 Jimmy Graham WLB1 Jameel McClain TE2 Delanie Walker WLB2 Clark Haggans TE3 Matthew Mulligan LCB1 Morris Claiborne FB1 Charles Clay LCB2 Kyle Wilson LT1 Jonathan Martin SS1 Eric Berry RT1 Todd Herremans SS2 James Butler LT2 Levy Adcock SS3 James Ihedigbo RT2 Vlad Ducasse FS1 Ryan Clark LG1 Charlie Johnson FS2 Dwight Lowery RG1 Chad Rinehart RCB1 Ike Taylor LG2 Robert T Griffin RCB2 Will D. Allen RG2 Robert Turner C1 Max Unger K1 Ryan Longwell C2 Kris O'Dowd P1 Kevin Huber
Let me know what you think, and consider submitting your own team or view other rosters here. Tomorrow, I’ll add my comments on why I chose the players I did.