He has made the short-yardage situation his speciality. Everyone knows he's going to get the ball. Try to stop him. "It's so difficult to do what he does," coach Bill Callahan says. "Whether or not the play is blocked, he's going to try to run through people. And he does run through people."
LINEMAN TO RUN BEHIND: HANK FRALEY, EAGLES CENTER
This depends on where you want to run the ball. I choose the middle, rather than off tackle, to avoid having the runner make a cut. At one time Cowboys guard Larry Allen would have been the no-brainer pick, but last year he was slowed by shoulder and ankle injuries, along with excess poundage. Fraley is a straight-ahead banger with real punch, especially late in the game.
BLOCKING BACK TO RUN BEHIND: CORY SCHLESINGER, LIONS FULLBACK
He turned in one of the finest performances of 2002 in Detroit's upset of the Bears last October. Playing with a cracked vertebra, Schlesinger made All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher his personal target, and the result was a career-high 172 yards rushing for James Stewart.
RECEIVER TO MAKE A THIRD-DOWN CATCH AGAINST DOUBLE COVERAGE: MARVIN HARRISON, COLTS
Harrison led the league last season with 44 third-down catches—14 more than his closest pursuer, the 49ers' Terrell Owens—and most of them were against two defenders. "Anyone can catch the ball in single coverage," Harrison says. "The fun part comes when you have to beat two guys."
RECEIVER TO GO DEEP—A BURNER WITH GOOD HANDS, SIZE AND LEAPING ABILITY: RANDY MOSS, VIKINGS
"Anybody knows you'd go with Moss," says Packers safety Darren Sharper. Adds a personnel director who doesn't want to be named, "I hate the guy, and it really pains me to pick him for anything, but is there really anyone else?"
OUTSIDE PASS RUSHER WHO CAN BEAT THE DOUBLE TEAM: JASON TAYLOR, DOLPHINS DEFENSIVE END