Earlier this week, ESPN came up with a novel offseason concept—utilize their horde of NFL beat reporters to redraft four players for the team they cover. If you’ve ever fantasy drafted in Madden before, you already know the concept. Basically, all NFL players are up for selection and the draft is snake-style.
Sarah Barshop drafted for the Houston Texans and came up with the following.
Round 1 (26): DeAndre Hopkins, WR
Round 2 (39): Saquon Barkley, RB
Round 3 (90): Derek Carr, QB
Round 4 (103): Tyrann Mathieu, S
No elite quarterback available at No. 26? No problem. The player I took instead only needs an average one to be an All-Pro. Hopkins is in his prime and has put up huge numbers with the likes of Brian Hoyer, Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage throwing him the ball.
I was shocked to see Barkley on the board for my next pick, so I opted to go for the best running back-wide receiver combo in the league. Carr is coming off a strong season without elite playmakers to throw to, so he was an easy third-round pick. I wanted J.J. Watt but couldn’t risk missing out on the best of the remaining quarterbacks. Besides, Mathieu — who was voted by his teammates as the MVP of the reigning Super Bowl champions — is an ideal leader and playmaker to lead the defense. — Barshop
At Pick #26, the top quarterbacks were gone, so it ended with a return of Hopkins to Houston. Joining him was a transcendent running back, a Carr, and Mathieu also coming back to NRG Park.
This is a cute idea. More than that, it also gives an idea how much talent the Texans currently have. Deshaun Watson was selected #4 overall by the New York Giants, Laremy Tunsil #65 by the Bengals, and J.J. Watt #92 by the Ravens.