The 2021 season is kicking off, which means half of the League's franchises are undefeated and every fan base is full of excitement.
Given all that excitement, it’s easy to forget that only a handful of teams can truly argue their spot as the NFL’s top franchise.
But, what if we took a step back and analyzed divisions by their top-end talent?
With the majority of major roster moves set, the Sprint decided to do just that, taking the best players at each position to make eight super teams.
Today is the seventh day of an eight part series, where we’ll unveil a different division’s roster each day. But first, a few ground rules.
Each team was put together by a panel of one. I’ve tried my best to maintain a 13 man set (3 WR, 1 RB, 1 TE) on offense and a 4-2-5 set (4 linemen, 2 LB, 5 DB’s) defensively, but have flexed some of the rosters to best fit the strength of each division. I’ve also strayed away from rookies, where possible, as they’re unproven in the professional environment.
Today we’ll cover the NFC South
Quarterback: Tom Brady (TB)
- As much as we all hate to admit it, Brady is the GOAT. Time and time again he puts his team in a place to win. Given the QB carousel in the division, his spot is a no brainer.
Running Back: Christian McCaffrey (CAR), Alvin Kamara (NO)
- The versatility provided by the league’s top two dual threat backs would be a nightmare for opposing linebackers. Both Kamara and McCaffrey could split out wide for any play, or combine in a two-back set.
Wide Receiver: Michael Evans (TB), Calvin Ridley (ATL), Chris Godwin (TB)
- It’s hard to imagine how talented this group could be when you factor in Julio Jones’ recent trade and Michael Thomas’ injury. Regardless, having Ridley to pair with Evans and Godwin would be downright unfair.
Tight End: None
- With the presence of McCaffrey and Kamara as receivers and the lack of proven talent at the position outside of Gronk, who is past his prime, no tight end makes the list.
- Also receiving consideration: Rob Gronkowski
Offensive Line: Ryan Ramczyk (T - NO), Andrus Peat (G - NO), Erik McCoy (C - NO), Ali Marpet (G - TB), Tristan Wirfs (T - TB)
- Bookended by two top-tier tackles, this group would give Brady plenty of time to get the ball out to his treasure trove of weapons regardless of the shortcomings on the interior.
Defensive Line: Cameron Jordan (DE - NO), Vita Vea (DT - TB), Grady Jarrett (ATL), Shaq Barrett (DE - TB)
- Vea and Jarrett are both unsung heroes on their teams, stuffing running lanes with ease. Jordan has been one of the most consistent all-around edge rushers for years while Barrett has been an elite presence since joining the Bucs in 2019.
- Also receiving consideration: Brian Burns (DE - CAR)
Linebacker: Devin White (TB), Lavonte David (TB), Demario Davis (NO)
- A trio of three down linebackers, White was arguably last year’s biggest Pro Bowl snub. David and Davis are always all over the field and provide veteran leadership and experience.
Cornerback: Donte Jackson (CAR), Marshon Lattimore (NO)
- Outside of Lattimore, the position is relatively thin in the NFC South, no thanks to the Falcons who have struggled to find secondary talent for years.
Safety: Antoine Winfield (TB), Marcus Williams (NO)
- Williams, a four year veteran, is a rising star at the safety position. Winfield, a second year pro, is not far behind.
This team is a clear image of the have and have nots of the division. Only four players made the team from the Falcons or Panthers while the Bucs (10) and Saints (8) fielded the vast majority of the team.
Quarterback. The group is chalk full of talent all all of the offensive skill positions, but Brady’s intangibles and ability to create success is the difference maker.
Without a tight end in a starting spot, it’s the easy pick. However, cornerback is not far behind due to the lack of depth.
Brian Burns - DE, CAR. The lineman is arguably the second best pass rusher to come out of the 2019 draft class, and although his sack numbers haven’t been as high as expected, that’s more due to a lack of support than a lack of talent.