I had this "conversation" on Facebook the other day and it generated some interesting responses.
J.J. Watt is the most dominant defender I've seen in some time, so it got me to thinking ... who would I take first (in their prime) amongst Watt and the four best defenders I have seen in my time as a football fan?
Who would you take?
Watt? Lawrence Taylor? Reggie White? Bruce Smith? Or Deion Sanders?
I know, I know ... where's Mean Joe Greene? Or Deacon Jones? Or Dick Butkus?
Listen, I'm not saying they don't belong on the list, but I never saw them play so I'm not getting into it. I watched all the other guys. No offense to Ray Lewis, Mike Singletary, or my two favorite defenders ever, Derrick Thomas and Ed Reed.
Personally, I'd probably take LT, but I sure wouldn't complain if I got any of the others ... and I'm really not entirely sure that in today's high-octane passing game (the one where you can't tackle, or really even two-hand touch, a wide receiver across the middle anyway) that Deion Sanders shouldn't be the choice.
Who do you have? Does Watt even deserve to be in the conversation?