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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Dream Team: Lessons in NFC West, beyond

By Mike Sando

To the weary, our Dream Team project smells like an attempt to mask the NFL lockout's foul odor with cologne we wouldn't consider wearing during less malodorous times.

Larry Fitzgerald
Arizona led the NFC West in selections to the NFL Dream Team, including receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Go ahead and inhale. I've opened a window and sniffed out greater meaning from the ballots showing players deemed most likely to succeed well down the road, beginning in 2014.

The ballots aren't perfect. I'm sure we could justify subbing in a few players into the eight spots set aside for each position. But in looking at the bigger picture, these ballots offer insight into which teams arguably have the most appealing young core players.

A few quick observations:
The first chart breaks down NFC West candidates by team and position.

The second chart breaks down candidates by division and position.

Dan Graziano, Pat Yasinskas, James Walker and I offered additional thoughts in the video below.