We started it off with the announcement of the tournament; a hypothetical three-team competition, including a draft, pittingthe best 7-on-7 flag football teams we could select from current and former Steelers players. Team 1 is led by myself. Team 2 is BTSC writer Anthony DeFeo. Team 3 is BTSC social media guru Barnerburner.
We selected in that order, and over the weekend, came up with our 7-man teams. The results will no doubt draw scrutiny, arm-chair draft prognostication and general doubt as to the intelligence and validity of those drafting.
They're also fun, full of debate and speculation.
We'll be running a round a day between today and Saturday, July 21, with the final round running Monday, July 23.
Without further delay, I give you the first overall pick of the 2012 BTSC Steelers Flag Football Fantasy Draft.I had the first overall pick, and I remember my flag football team in college. We made it to the league championship game almost entirely because we had a quarterback with a cannon arm and could throw on the move. That sounds exactly like Ben Roethlisberger, and he's the best option for the kind of team I'm looking to build.
His arm strength will be good enough, but getting him on the move and completing passes both down the seam and throwing back toward eligible linemen receivers will be the key to our success.
We gotta play everyone both ways, and Roethlisberger was an outstanding basketball player in high school as well. He's big and he can move around, so I see our defense with him in it playing zone, and he's probably a lineman/rushing linebacker with shorter middle zone coverage. Either way, considering the historical quarterbacks remaining, he's the biggest one, and who knows, maybe I'll snag another passer who can primarily play another position. Versatility and athleticism...that's the key here.
Tony makes pick No. 2, currently scheduled to post at Noon, ET. Feel free to guess who he'll take, or comment on who he should take.