John got the ball rolling* on Friday with his explanation of how he intends to build his team and followed it by announcing his selection of Shaun Phillips. I have no intention of explaining to John how I'm building my team, so we'll just skip ahead to the announcement.
I spent a lot of time over the weekend trying to decide on my first pick. With the second pick in the inaugural BFTB San Diego Chargers Fantasy Flag Football Gala my team selects rookie OLB Melvin Ingram. And why would we start our team with this year's first round pick?
It's actually quite simple. John's first selection was an aging, injury prone pass rusher that showed some versatility as a high school player nearly a decade ago. This got me to thinking, I wish my team had a young, healthy pass rusher that was a versatile playmaker right now. I quickly scanned the roster and came up with Melvin Ingram. I'm hoping John takes another aging, injury plagued player that used to be good with his next pick so I can just take the younger, more athletic version of said player with my next pick.
Melvin Ingram played all over the field in college. He lined up at just about every position on defense. He was productive at just about every position on defense. He's a superior athlete that's still getting better rather than an aging player easing his way toward the door. I haven't even read a single article suggesting he might not make the team this year.
In following John's template for explaining picks. Here's what we got: a better player than he did. Your move, boss.
*That's a reference to the goofy bowling celebration Phillips does.