NFL: Andrew Luck, 10 best players to start a franchise

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) looks for an open receiver during the second quarter as Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) applies pressure at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Because of the nature of the 53-man rosters, the NFL is perhaps the least “star-driven” of the major professional sports in America, but at the same time, it is virtually impossible to win big without elite talent on your roster. The quarterback position (rightfully) garners the majority of the attention on a day-to-day basis throughout the league, but there are several “premium” positions that teams prioritize above others in constructing a fundamentally sound roster.

Today, we will break down a list of the ten best players in the NFL in which to start a franchise, and for all intents and purposes, this will be position-specific. With apologies to running backs, interior offensive lineman, tight ends, safeties and inside linebackers, this is now a league built on the passing game and defending the passing game, which will greatly explain a few of the selections.

Without further ado, here are the ten ideal players (in alphabetical order) to serve as building blocks for starting an NFL franchise.

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  • http://twitter.com/kumerle Kenneth Kumerle

    Matthews should be on the list!