Having it all: working in the front-office of a NFL team, no salary cap or luxury tax to worry about, just gathering the most talented squad to play football. Not bad, eh?
Football Nation has provided the closest thing: the task of assembling the best overall roster from the AFC South to hypothetically take on the other 7 divisions in the NFL. Here goes:
QB – Andrew Luck, Colts – Luck shattered numerous rookie records last season, put a 2-14 Indianapolis Colts team on his back and led to them a playoff berth. Has all the intangibles of a star QB, and even has some wheels (5 Rushing TDs in 2012). An o
RB – Arian Foster, Texans – after Adrian Petersen, Foster is the best tailback in the NFL. His stat line from 2012: 1,424 yards, 4.1 YPC and 15 TDs. ‘Nuff said.
Andre Johnson, Texans – Despite the low number of TDs in 2012 (4), still caught 112 balls and close to 1,600 yards receiving. Johnson is a big target, difficult for any defensive back to handle, and he is one of the most skilled wide-outs in the game today. This is an obvious choice.
Reggie Wayne, Colts – A resurgent 2012 year with 106 catches, 1,355 yards receiving and a pro-bowl honors. A veteran leader and classic Colts who will no doubt will put up similar number is 2013.
T.Y Hilton, Colts – The first two wide-receivers are pretty obvious, but T.Y Hilton would be a great third option. Can stretch the field with his speed and quickness, had stellar numbers in his rookie season, and is only getting better. With Wayne and Johnson lined up at 1 and 2, Hilton will make the defense work to keep him contained.
TE – Owen Daniels – May not be the best blocking tight-end in the AFC South, but Daniels is a solid security blanket and get great separation in the field of play. Experience and stats both show he’s the best TE option in this division.
C – Chris Myers, Texans – the centerpiece of an offensive line that had three pro-bowlers selected, and is an absolute ironman, starting every game for the past 6 seasons.
Duane Brown, Texans – A pro-bowl LT, was ranked 48th best player on NFL.com in 2012, and provided clear paths for Arian Foster to run all over opposing defenses. A must-pick for this roster.
Michael Roos, Titans – A close call with Anthony Costanzo (Colts) but after seeing Luck run for his life last season from all the defensive pressure, Michael Roos is the right pick.
Adam Levitre, Titans – Considered the best Guard in the most recent free-agency, Levitre is a superb pass blocker in 2012, allowing just 12 total pressures.
Wade Smith, Texans – Another Texans’ offensive lineman selected in the pro-bowl. Most certainly the top Left Guard in the AFC South.
K – Josh Scobee – Finished the 2012 season with the highest FG percentage in the AFC South, and booted 1 for 2 from 50+ yards out. One of the top kickers in the league and certainly in the AFC South.
P – Pat McAfee – Had an amazing 2012 season, despite being snubbed for the pro-bowl. Indeed, Pro Football Focus rated him as the third-most valuable punter in football and ranked in the top 10 in touchback percentage on kickoffs.
KR – Keshawn Martin, Texans – Nothing flashy but his 23.9 average yards per return were the best in the AFC South.
PR – Darius Reynaud, Titans – His 410 return yards, 13.2 average and 2 TDs is enough to put him on this list.
DE – J.J. Watt, Texans – 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Need I say more?
DT – Jurrell Casey, Titans – a beast up front stuffing the run and anchoring the defense. He also added 3 sacks in 2 forced fumbles in 2012.
DE – Cory Redding, Colts – May not be the most talented defensive end in the AFC South but his veteran leadership is invaluable to this squad and is a must.
OLB – Robert Mathis, Colts – Handled the transition from a pure defensive end in a 4-3 to a stellar OLB in Chuck Pagano’s hybrid 3-4. He’s a solid veteran coming off a pro-bowl season in 2012 and is an obvious choice for this squad.
ILB – Jerrell Freeman, Colts – A surprise hit in 2012 coming from the CFL, Freeman finished with, and led the AFC South with 145 total tackles in 2012. Along with 2 sacks, a forced fumble and a INT returned for a touchdown in Week 1 of 2012, he’s presence and ability to plug up the rushing lanes makes him a dangerous defensive player.
MLB – Paul Posluszny, Jaguars – Leader of the Jaguars defense (not saying much, but…) and finished with solid stats in 2012 (139 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions and 2 sacks). Certainly belongs on this roster.
OLB – Akeem Ayres, Titans – even though the Titans’ defense gave up the most points in the 2012 NFL season, Ayres was a bright spot as he finished with 110 tackles, six sacks, four tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble.
CB – Kareem Jackson, Texans; Jonathan Joseph, Texans – This duo is the best secondary in the AFC South with 6 Interceptions, 27 passes defended and 2 TDs. This tandem is a must for this roster.
Ed Reed, Texans – That’s right, this future Hall-of-Famer is on the Texans for 2013 and is an obvious choice for this squad.
LaRon Landry, Colts – Another AFC South free agent acquisition, this hard hitting safety can plug up the run and beat receivers in the open field.