The mythical question of which player you would want to build an NFL franchise around is one that always triggers intriguing debate and scrutiny. The Indianapolis Colts have had this question posed to them in a microcosm twice in the last 15 years when they chose between Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf in 1998, and Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III in 2012.
We will attempt to answer the question with a tournament-style contest where you get to vote one matchup at a time.
In order to create a field of 32 candidates, we selected the most franchise-player worthy player from every NFL team.
Quarterbacks are unquestionably the most valuable commodity in the NFL, but only 25 percent of the players in this poll play the position. Since you are starting a franchise from scratch in this scenario, age matters (ruling out the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees), while players with a teammate that were clearly amongst the best at their position were picked over quarterbacks that are only slightly above league average.
We last did this exercise in 2006 for the NFL and the Final Four players were Peyton Manning, Reggie Bush, Tom Brady and Eli Manning.
The first round produced several uneven matchups such as Aaron Rodgers against Brandon Marshall and Andrew Luck versus Paul Posulszny, but the 16 that advanced are all deserving and should create tighter results.
NFC West Round 2
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
NFC South Round 2
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Darrelle Revis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC North Round 2
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
NFC East Round 2
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
AFC West Round 2
Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers
Von Miller, Denver Broncos
AFC South Round 2
J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
AFC North Round 2
Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
AFC East Round 2
Muahmmad Wilkerson, New York Jets
Round of 32 Results
NFC South 1
NFC South 2
NFC North 1
NFC North 2
NFC East 1
NFC East 2
AFC West 1
AFC West 2
AFC East 2