If we knew then:
Two SI experts construct the best and worst possible 2007 drafts
O.K. , WE'RE ON
the clock—Salvador Dal�'s melting clock, which persistently bends time and
which also has allowed David Sabino and Adam Duerson to go back and, with
brilliant hindsight, construct what would have turned out to be the perfect
draft, and also the perfectly nightmarish draft, for 2007.
Players were to be "selected" around the time they might have gone in
real drafts; thus Tom Brady goes here in the third round, not the first. Our
drafters were given middle-of-the-pack selection positions, where the first
picks were less obvious. The nightmare draft could not be a mere injury report,
a parade of limping Steven Jacksons and Laurence Maroneys. Finally, we imbued
the nightmare draft with a modicum of football smarts and misguided
conventional wisdom; the first overall pick is not Brodie Croyle.
In fact, both
drafts are, in their way, a testament to how many false assumptions were
floating around last summer and to what an unpredictable season this has been.
The fictional commentary is written from the naive perspective of late August,
when so many of us, it turns out, knew so little.
If the nightmare
draft looks distressingly familiar to you, our apologies for reopening those
wounds. After all, you've been through enough already.
At this pick the
best that's left is the multipurpose Westbrook.