Quarterback: Tyrone Swoopes, Whitewright
Simply put, the hardest quarterback to defend is the one who can run because he takes away the one-man defensive advantage (playing 11 v. 10 versus a pocket passer). And Swoopes has the potential to do both. The 6-foot-4 220-pounder could serve as a power back, wearing teams down with his running style, and on the next play, he could play action off the zone read and hit somebody on a post pattern for six. Tough to defend.
Running Back: Keith Ford, Cypress Ranch; Dontre Wilson, DeSoto
Ford is a great back in that he has the size to be a power back, the speed to pull away from defenders and the more subtle running back skills (vision, quick feet in the hole) that take backs to the next level. If I'm playing with a single back, which is the plan here, Ford is my guy. Wilson is more of a versatile option, somebody that I could get the ball to in a variety of ways. Put him in space or motion him out to the slot and he's a tough option to defend.
Wide Receiver: Ricky Seals-Jones, Sealy; Derrick Griffin, Rosenberg Terry; Robbie Rhodes, Fort Worth Southwest
Seals-Jones is the biggest no-brainer … if you're building a team out of state-of-Texas players, he's probably your No. 1 pick in that he could play so many positions, and do so in a dominant manner. As a receiver, he's an ideal player in that he could play anywhere, as an outside guy or as a flex-player that gives linebacker headaches. Griffin isn't quite as versatile — he's straight receiver or tight end — but try defending a 6-7 guy who runs and jumps like he does. Griffin is an outstanding basketball player who uses his body well and would cause problems on jump balls or on slant routes and crossing routes. Rhodes can flat-out fly and is the speed option here. He has elite acceleration and can turn a short play into a big one. If I'm nitpicking, it's that there isn't necessarily a true slot here, so if I were given one more pick, it would probably be Laquvionte Gonzalez, a slithery quick guy, over Ra'Shaad Samples or Jacorey Warrick.
Tight End: Christian Morgan, Prestonwood Christian
I want a tight end who can create holes in the running game, and at 260 pounds, Morgan gives me my best shot. He also moves a lot better than you'd think considering his size, and can provide a threat in the passing game. He's an all-around talent. For two tight end sets, I'm pairing him with Belton's Durham Smythe, the elite receiving tight end in the class and somebody who at 6-6 230 is pretty much an extra wide receiver.
Offensive Line: J.J. Gustafson, Dallas Jesuit (Left Tackle); Ishmael Wilson, Dallas Bishop Dunne (Left Guard); Darius James, Harker Heights (Center); A'Shawn Robinson, Arlington Heights (Right Guard); Kent Perkins, Lake Highlands (Right Tackle)
In building an offensive line, I wanted two things. First, I wanted a right side that could cave people in and a left side that gave me some mobility and the ability to protect Swoopes's blindside. In Gustafson, I feel like I've done just that. He's outstanding in pass protection, thanks to his quick feet and great technique. Wilson makes an ideal left guard in that he's somebody who can pull and track guys at the second level. James is arguably the best center to come out of the state in several years. Then there's the right side of Robinson and Perkins, two players who move well, but whose talents ultimately lie in mashing other players' brains out. This group would give running room to Swoopes and Ford, and would also be able to give Swoopes plenty of time to pass.