I approach a draft do-over as an opportunity to draft for the same, exact team that selected players back in 2011, so that means staying true to their team needs and philosophies from that time as closely as I can.
If this were a re-ordering of talent from that draft, it would likely be a cleaner exercise because then it would be a matter of assigning value to each player and stacking them like I might do with a draft board. Tyron Smith is an elite left tackle and it's hard to argue that he isn't one of the three most coveted players to come out of 2011, but can I put him inside the top three of a re-draft based on the rest of the talent in this scary-good draft?
That's an example of just one of the tough questions I was confronted with as I completed this exercise. Here's how I see the 2011 draft playing out in a do-over:
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Original pick: Newton
One could argue the Broncos would sit tight with Miller, but Watt is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
The Bills would be more than happy to take an edge-bending rush specialist like Miller in this spot.
Original pick: Green.
After last season, an argument could be made for Julio Jones here, but Green's body of work is so substantial that he sticks.
In all likelihood, an elite left tackle like Tyron Smith would actually go inside the top three, but we'll put him with Arizona here.
Original pick: Jones.
Atlanta moved up aggressively to target Julio Jones in 2011, and they will do the same in this redo.
The 49ers coveted Smith, so why not give them another pass rusher who has been productive and stayed out of trouble?
Original pick: Jake Locker, QB, Washington.
Sherman's "lack of speed" hurt him in 2011, but in the redraft, the Jags know that his skill level trumps speed.
Houston's defensive coordinator at the time, Wade Phillips, wanted size and disruption up front. Wilkerson has provided both.
Dareus slides a bit thanks to a loaded draft class, but the talented defensive tackle finds a home in Minnesota.
Harris was drafted: Harris went undrafted.
Detroit was in desperate need of a cornerback, and Harris would have been a good fit.
Casey is a high-motor, disruptive force up the field, which is what the Rams were looking for from their defensive line.
Miami needed a running back who could bang and control a game and they landed a good one here with Murray.
Original pick: Kerrigan.
Kerrigan has been a "Steady Eddie" off the edge since the Redskins took him in 2011. Let's keep him here.
McPhee is a good fit for New England thanks to his hybrid ability as a defensive end/rush linebacker.
This won't be a sexy selection, but the Giants needed a tackle here and Solder has been a solid pro.
Tampa Bay sticks with a defensive end. Sheard should be able to create some pressure on third downs.
Wright has become a tackling machine and a rock-solid leader. Cleveland should race this card up.
Original pick: Castonzo.
One could argue the original selection was just "meh" here, but he's still Indy's starting LT, so the Colts make the same pick here.
Original pick: Danny Watkins, G, Baylor.
Heyward would give the Saints a hybrid defender who could play outside or inside and is tough against the run.
Original pick: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh.
Then-defensive coordinator, Romeo Crennel, would have found unique opportunities to deploy Ayers in the KC defense.
Baltimore lacked speed at receiver, but instead of doubling down on Torrey Smith, we'll take a dynamic slot receiver here.
Original pick: Ingram.
Ingram got off to a slow start with the Saints, but his success over the last few years will keep him in this spot.
Original pick: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin.
The Jets needed a guard badly at this point, and Franklin could have been a Day One starter with a move down inside to guard.
Basically, we're just bumping up the Steelers' second-round pick from 2011 into the first round as he's performed well.
Original pick: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State.
Before you mention Jermichael Finley, keep in mind he had been a bit of a disappointment over his first three seasons.