Monday, July 11, 2011
The Dream Team of Tomorrow
By Kevin Seifert
This week on ESPN.com, we'll pass the time developing an All-Pro team -- for three years from now. Yep. Using our handy tool, you now have your very own opportunity to vote for the players you think will be the best at their positions between 2014-16.
A panel of ESPN experts (of which I was not one) generated a list of nominees for the team. Some of the choices are still in college, while others will be rookies this season. You'll notice the list excludes a number of established NFC North stars, most notably Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson, who would be a well-worn 29 at the start of the era in question.
The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions are well-represented on the list, a compliment to the number of young players they have in the proverbial pipeline. On the other hand, it's notable that the aging Chicago Bears have only one player on the list: rookie offensive lineman Gabe Carimi. The Vikings put two players on it, safety Husain Abdullah and receiver Percy Harvin.
I'll choose my top four future stars from the NFC North in a separate post later this week. That post will be the first of four on this topic. Hold on to your hats.