In 2013, I was able to win the Patriots flag football championship with a simple philosophy: offense, offense, and offense. I started with the selection of Danny Amendola, and followed up with the likes of Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce.
This year, I planned on selecting Julian Edelman with the first overall pick. I mean, he's the flag football prototype. He is fast, super quick, can play anywhere on the field, and actually has experience on defense.
But then I thought about it some more, and I realized that things have truly changed this year, with Julian Edelman no longer being the clear-cut number one pick. That change is the addition of Darrelle Revis to the Patriots secondary.
Darrelle Revis is a game changer, even in a game played in t-shirts and shorts. He can still bump-and-run with bigger targets but has the ability to stick with the game's shiftiest slot receivers.
I realized that by passing on Edelman, I'm likely giving up my chance at the best offensive weapon available. That being said, I asked myself that if I had Edelman and Alec or Rich had Revis, would I be able to make any kind of argument that I had the match-up advantage?
The answer to that question was a clear-cut no. So with my first pick, I've selected Darrelle Revis. He is my shutdown cornerback. He won't need safety help, even in this fast-paced, passing oriented game. And although he's not going to be a go-to weapon on offense, he does have excellent ball skills, and some of his interception returns prove that he does have some open-field ability with the ball in his hands.