ESPN's NFL draft of every player raises questions about selections

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ESPN put together an interesting experiment in which they took writers for each team and had them select NFL players as if everyone was available. If you've ever played the Madden video game, then essentially view it as the fantasy draft in franchise mode.

However, the writers were given a few guidelines, which helps explain some of the selections. They were only given four rounds and told to draft a quarterback, an offensive player (non-QB), a defensive player and a wild card (any player they wanted). They used the 2020 NFL Draft order, although they gave any traded picks back to their original teams. The selection then snaked in the rounds following.

The most important part to know, though, is this from ESPN: "Each GM was asked to draft with intentions of winning a Super Bowl within five years."

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The results from the first round were as such:

You can view the full four round results from ESPN's article.

The first few picks made plenty of sense. Drafting Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson with the first three picks seem like easy decisions. They're all quarterbacks, two have won MVP awards and they're all relatively young.

Then, as we advance, the picks get a little more confusing. Drew Brees at 8 and Tom Brady at 14 were surprising considering their age. You're only going to get maybe one or two more seasons out of these guys, so does it really make sense to go all in on that one year?

But the name that drew (pun intended) the most attention on Twitter was Drew Lock going 15th overall. Lock wasn't even a first-round pick in his own NFL Draft, but now is suddenly viewed as a top 15 pick among all NFL players after just playing in five games.

This list even made Lock's name trend on Twitter because people were so confused with the selection.

ESPN's Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold made the selection and briefly explained why he went with Lock writing, "The quarterbacks came off the board quickly with 10 already gone, so I made my biggest gamble on potential with Lock."

Of course, Lock wasn't the only pick that received questionable responses.

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