Imagine for a minute that every NFL team gets to start from scratch. Everyone is released from their current contract and sent back into one massive draft. No, it’ll never happen for real, and yes, it’d be terribly unfair to the players and a handful of teams, but that’s what makes it an interesting fantasy.
If every player had to be redrafted with teams recreating their 53-man roster from scratch, what would they do? Specifically, who would be chosen in the 1st round as the player to build around? Well, we did the leg work for you, so let’s see what happened when everyone in the NFL was redrafted.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Patrick Mahomes, QB
Is Mahomes the best quarterback in the NFL? Not yet, but based on his first season as a starter, it’s only a matter of time until he gets there. He’s also not that far from being the league’s best quarterback after taking a team with a bad defense to overtime of the AFC Championship Game last season.
Part of re-drafting every NFL player is calculating how much longer a player can perform at an elite level, and that makes Mahomes the obvious choice for the top pick. He won’t turn 24 until the middle of September, which means he should have at least 10 more great seasons in him, possibly more, making it a no-brainer for the Cardinals to take him in this fantasy scenario.