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    Random NFL "Realigned" Idea

    Clearly I have too much time on my hands, but I was thinking this morning - what if the NFL reformed the way teams acquire talent to more of a geographic picking similar to the old NBA?

    The way it could work is this: each team is assigned to 1-2 universities (usually public) in its state. Every year, they get to select one player coming out of their assigned universities. Everyone else is released into a draft similar to how they currently do it. Schools that are unassigned and/or don't have an NFL team in their state (ie Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, S.Carolina, W.Virginia) have all their players released to the draft.

    I don't think it would do all that much to upset the current competitive balance (unless players started changing their school selection patterns as a result) and it would add yet another layer of "hometown" interest in the players. It would be like a mini-farm system for the NFL. If you were from New Orleans, you could pay even closer attention to LSU football because they were your future pipeline for talent.

    The only teams I see currently being at a disadvantage in this format would be whichever NY team doesn't get Rutgers, Minnesota, and maybe Buffalo. For everyone else, it could make things interesting (although in the current format Miami, Jacksonville, Dallas, Detroit, and San Diego might have a slight advantage).

    Here's how I envision it, complete with 3 current players that you'd see on each team:

    Arizona Cardinals Arizona & Arizona St QB Foles TE Gronkowski LB Briggs
    Atlanta Falcons Georgia QB Stafford WR Green DT Atkins
    Baltimore Ravens Maryland WR T.Smith WR Heyward-Bey TE V.Davis
    Buffalo Bills Syracuse WR M.Williams DE Freeney
    Carolina Panthers UNC WR G.Little DE J.Peppers DE Q.Coples
    Chicago Bears Illinois RB Mendenhall WR B.Lloyd WR A.Benn
    Cincinnati Bengals UC & Miami QB Roethlisberger DE Barwin LB T.Cole
    Cleveland Browns Ohio St QB Pryor RB B.Wells LB Laurinitis
    Dallas Cowboys Texas RB Charles LB Orakpo S E.Thomas
    Denver Broncos Colorado TE J.Dressen OT N.Solder K M.Crosby
    Detroit Lions Michigan QB Brady OT J.Long CB Hall
    Green Bay Packers Wisconsin QB R.Wilson TE O.Daniels DE J.Watt
    Houston Texans Texas Tech & TCU QB Dalton WR Welker WR Crabtree
    Indianapolis Colts Indiana & Purdue QB Brees TE Keller DE Avril
    Jacksonville Jaguars Florida QB Tebow WR Harvin TE Hernandez
    Kansas City Chiefs Kansas & Kansas St QB Freeman WR J.Nelson CB Talib
    Miami Dolphins UMiami RB Gore WR A.Johnson S Reed
    Minnesota Vikings Minnesota WR E.Decker
    New England Patriots Boston College QB Ryan DE Kiwanuka DT Raji
    New Orleans Saints LSU RB Ridley WR Bowe CB Peterson
    New York Giants Rutgers RB Rice WR Britt CB D.McCourty
    New York Jets ?
    Oakland Raiders Cal-Berkeley & Fresno St QB Rodgers WR D.Jackson TE T.Gonzalez
    Philadelphia Eagles Penn St LB Bownman LB Posluszny OT L.Brown
    Pittsburgh Steelers Pitt RB L.McCoy WR Fitzgerald CB Revis
    Saint Louis Rams Mizzou QB Gabbert DE J.Smith LB A.Smith
    San Diego Chargers USC QB Palmer RB R.Bush LB Matthews
    San Francisco 49ers Stanford QB Luck RB Gerhart OG DeCastro
    Seattle Seahawks Washington & Wash St. QB Locker WR B.Gibson CB Trufant
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Florida St QB Ponder WR Boldin CB Cromartie
    Tennessee Titans Tennessee QB Manning RB A.Foster S Berry
    Washington Redskins Virginia QB Schaub TE H.Miller OT D.Ferguson
    Last edited by Benihana; 12-24-2012 at 11:17 AM.
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