Some interesting comments but I think I have to agree with the posters mentioning Dunn and Wilder. Both guys were versatile backs that thrived as receivers out of the backfield. We all know Brady loves using his backs in that capacity.
I do like the Paul Gruber pick but would have to go with Sapp not just because of his impact up the middle but because of what he would do from an accountability standpoint for our young defense. Instant swagger and the young guys would have no reason to back down from anyone.
I don’t agree with Sapp, but I’d be dumb not to consider him, lol. The reason is if you’re looking at the current roster we have Vea and Suh there. While it would be an upgrade, and he was clutch and had swagger. I think our Safeties with Lynch back there would be a bigger upgrade. We have a good front 7 and our DBs are coming along. But who the hell do we have at safety?
The Alstott pick was because he doesn’t need an O-line to run up the gut. He also had hands and could catch. I’d lean a little more towards Alstott then Dunn, but you could go either way. Alstott was better in short yardage as well. With Alstott also, what are you going to do to stop our Offense, stack the box and get picked apart by the best WR corps in the League with the Goat (even if he is or is not on decline) or double cover and watch alstott get 200+ yards a game?
Paul Gruber would be a honorable mention, because we all know our Oline sucks.
And the mention of Revis, touche. Him and Dean would be unstoppable.
*Edit* – Oh an Sapp in a 3-4, he was when he went to Oakland. tbh I’m not sure how well he did.
I would take Matt Bryant or Martin Gramatica in their prime. We lost at least 2 games last season due to poor place kicking. I miss Automatica jumping up and down after nailing FGs.
I’ll count either of those guys as “offense”.
Defense is tougher, because we really haven’t run a 3-4 much before. Assuming Mike Edwards or Antoine Winfield can lock down the second safety position, I would argue our weakest position on defense is either a DL who can play all positions along the line, or a DB who can play multiple positions in the defensive backfield. That being said, I think Marcus Jones is the only player we’ve ever had that had the size to play multiple positions along a 3-4 line, so I’d have to go with Ronde Barber or Dwight Smith as the flexible DB.