Rangers draft: Who goes No. 1?

April, 26, 2012
4/26/12
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Maybe it's a good thing the Texas Rangers are off tonight. After all, it's all NFL draft all the time with the first round -- and you'll need to be here at ESPN Dallas for our special live online-only broadcast as you read all about the Dallas Cowboys options on our Cowboys blog.

So with that in mind, let's do a quick first-round draft for the Rangers.

The rules: You have to pick a Ranger on the current big league roster. (Mike Olt, Jurickson Profar and others aren't eligible). It's a player you want to build your team around right now. And you don't worry about contracts. Take the player you want. That gives you many choices:

* Do you want to go with 25-year-old Yu Darvish, who showed off ace potential on Tuesday night against the Yankees? Maybe starting with the rotation isn't a bad idea.

* Do you want one of the top second baseman in the game and a versatile leadoff hitter and an important leader in the clubhouse in Ian Kinsler?

* What about Josh Hamilton? He's in his prime and putting up MVP numbers, but there are injury concerns and he's not a young man anymore.

* Possibly Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland or Matt Harrison for your rotation and huge upside?

* Does Mike Napoli get some interest?

* What about the relief weapon (or you could make him a starter again) in Alexi Ogando?

There are many options. You sort through them and let us know: Who is your No. 1 pick for the Rangers?
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
2 2.70 12 20
OTHER LEADERS
BAE. Andrus .305
HRE. Andrus 1
RBIA. Rios 7
RE. Andrus 8
OPSS. Choo .776
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23