Our NFL Nation reporters gave every NFL team a do-over in building their rosters, re-drafting all 32 foundations through four rounds of selections as though every current NFL player were available.
In those four picks, each pretend GM had to select a quarterback, a non-QB offensive player and a defensive player. The fourth pick was a wild card, open to anything, and the rest of the roster was assumed average-level. The goal was to structure the roster around a five-year Super Bowl window.
Our NFL experts have some thoughts on the results. Who was the best pick, and who was the biggest reach? Which roster most looks like a perennial contender, and which has the most lingering questions? Which newly teamed-up duo will be the most fun to watch? And which player was snubbed entirely? Here's what our team had to say.
What was your favorite pick of the re-draft?
Matt Bowen, NFL analyst: Tyrann Mathieu, S, No. 103. In my opinion, the Texans landing Mathieu early in the fourth round is the steal of the draft. With the traits to cover, blitz and find the ball, Mathieu is the model for today's multidimensional defensive back. And he gives you matchup advantages. Mathieu recorded four interceptions and 13 disrupted dropbacks in 2019.
Jeremy Fowler, national NFL writer: Stephon Gilmore, CB, No. 32. Gilmore might have been the league's best player last season, and the Chiefs scooped him up with the last pick of the first round to fortify the cornerback spot. His age (he'll turn 30 in September) might have thrown some teams off, but Gilmore has a few more dominant years. I also really liked Denver's pick of Travis Kelce at No. 50 and Arizona's selection of Chandler Jones at No. 57.
Vince Masi, ESPN Stats & Information: Tyler Lockett, WR, No. 128. The Mr. Irrelevant of the re-draft is hardly that. If Patrick Mahomes no longer gets to throw to Tyreek Hill, why not replace him with Lockett, who over the past two seasons has hauled in 78% of his targets? That trails only Michael Thomas (82%) for best among wide receivers in the NFL. Cincinnati gets a nice offensive duo in Mahomes and Lockett.
Seth Walder, analytics writer: Chris Jones, DT, No. 78. This is an absolute steal. Jones is about as bankable of an elite player as you can get: a 25-year old who has finished in the top four in pass rush win rate in each of the past three seasons. Aaron Donald is the best DT in the league, but Jones is the clear No. 2 and a bargain in the third round for the Buccaneers. (Jones was taken 72 picks later than Donald!)