I'm not sure if this is the right place for this but I need help settling/shedding more light on a debate. As you all know our beloved Patrick Willis came out the same year as Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson, and in my opinion has had the better career of the three hands down. One of my buddies from a facebook group I admin feels as if middle line backer is not a position that is worthy of a top 5 draft pick and that a team would be dumb to waste a top 5 pick on a mlb. My reply was that well if teams could re-draft 2007 I'm sure they would take Willis over AP and/or Megatron. To support this argument I explained to him that Willis impacts the game without having to have the ball forced to him, and 9 times out of 10 he eliminates the opposing teams top threat. Willis can pass rush, run block, and drop back in coverage, he's a defensive coordinators swiss army knife basically. Above everything else I think the makes the players around him better because he can take on the more diligent task leaving another player free to contribute by doing what he does best rather it be run stop, coverage, etc. I could be wrong as sin, and if I am PLEASE let me know, but here is my top 5 from a 2007 re-draft (not taking a teams needs etc into consideration, just BPA).
Peterson, Johnson and Thomas I was stumped not sure how to rank those three. But I feel confident Revis, and Willis are a toss up but would be taken off the bard before any of the other three because it's rare to find player of their caliber who nearly perfected their crafts very early into their careers.
Thanks for reading.