Which football movie character would make the best draft pick?
With less than a week until the NFL Draft, NewOrleansSaints.com asks fans which fake football movie star would make the best draft pick in a 32-player bracket.
There has been an immeasurable amount of 2016 NFL Draft coverage. To take a break from the numerous hot takes and mock drafts, NewOrleansSaints.com is asking fans to give their opinion on another draft: #SaintsMovieDraft. Fans will vote in a 32-player bracket comprised of four regionals: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers/Running Backs, Linemen/Kickers and Linebackers/Defensive Backs. This bracket only consists of characters from movies not based on true stories (So no Friday Night Lights, Rudy, Remember the Titans ETC). The Round of 16 voting finished on Sunday.
Below is the Bracket (Click here for a larger PDF version)
Elite Eight: Quarterbacks
3. Paul Crewe vs 5. Shane Falco
QB Paul Crewe (Burt Reynolds/Adam Sandler) - The Longest Yard
**Defeated 6th seed Flash Gordon in the Round of 32 *
*Defeated 7th seed Jonathan Moxon in the Round of 16
His mythical chest hair alone gets him on this list, but accuracy, quick feet and leadership skills in encouraging other prisoners to join the squad pad his resume nicely. Although point shaving allegations tarnish his stock, it's not enough to keep him off the list.
QB Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves) - The Replacements
*Defeated 4th seed Joe Kane in the Round of 32
*Defeated top seed Willie Beamen in the Round of 16
A Sean Payton-inspired arrival to the pros as he became a starting QB after the league went on strike, the Washington Sentinel signal-caller showed all the traits you want in your quarterback. Despite some pundits saying he folds in pressure situations, Falco's leadership was highlighted in the closing minutes as he launched a game-winning bomb to Brian Murphy to send his team to the playoffs to the tunes of David Bowie's "Heroes."
1. RB/KR Earl Megget vs. 2. RB/KR Forrest Gump
RB/KR Earl Megget (Nelly) - The Longest Yard
**Defeated 8th seed WR Air Bud in the Round of 32 *
*Defeated 4th seed RB Darnell Jefferson in the Round of 16
His Madden-esque spin moves and hurdles put him at the top of our skill players, not to mention his blazing speed that makes him double as an elite kick returner. Megget's athleticism was even more impressive once he got some proper cleats from Caretaker (Chris Rock). He also showcased his calmness under pressure when he didn't allow Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kevin Nash to bait him into a fight in the library.
RB/KR Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) - Forrest Gump
**Defeated 7th seed RB Spike Hammersmith in the Round of 32 *
*Defeated 3rd seed WR Rod Tidwell in the Round of 16
Gump is an All-American at Alabama who ran kickoffs for touchdowns while going untouched – need we say more? Would also own the locker room ping pong tournaments.
2. K Nigel 'The Leg' Gruff vs 5. G Ed Lawrence
K Nigel 'The Leg' Gruff (Rhys Ifans) – The Replacements
**Defeated 7th seed C Manumana in the Round of 32 *
*Defeated 3rd seed G Billy Bob in the Round of 16
Insane leg strength that can boot a 65-yard game winner. However, his habit of smoking on the field and gambling on games are huge red flags.
G Ed Lawrence (John Goodman) - Everybody's All-American
**Defeated 4th seed G Rudy Zolteck in the Round of 32 *
*Defeated top seed OT Ogre in the Round of 16
Being an LSU player will help his case with the regional market. He is a crazy player on the field but crazier off of it which unfortunately led to his demise.
1. LB Bobby Boucher vs. 6. MLB Luther "Shark" Lavay
LB Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler) - The Waterboy
**Defeated 8th seed S Trumaine in the Round of 32 *
*Defeated 4th seed LB Vontae Mack in the Round of 16
One of the heavy favorites in this bracket as a Louisiana boy and a once-in-a-lifetime talent. A legendary tackler who covers the entire field. Not an injury risk as long as he has some high-quality H2O. Don't you dare talk about his momma!
MLB Luther "Shark" Lavay (Lawrence Taylor) - Any Given Sunday
** Defeated 3rd seed OLB Becky "Ice Box" O'Shea in the Round of 32 *
* Defeated 2nd seed LB Alvin Mack in the Round of 16
Now typically sawing the star QB's car in two would be frowned upon, but that's the kind of respect that a team captain like Shark had amongst his teammates. He played like the actor (Lawrence Taylor) that portrayed him – with reckless abandon. You can't doubt his dedication and toughness as he played with a broken neck that didn't heal properly thanks to the team's shady doctor