PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 12: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is sacked by Pat Sims #90 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the game on December 12, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Photo: Jared Wickerham
Photo: Jared Wickerham

ESPN’s perfect NFL team includes surprising Bengal

When assembling the “perfect” NFL team, Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims likely isn’t one of your priority selections.

Bill Barnwell of ESPN took a shot at developing what he considers the optimal NFL roster, factoring in salary, future considerations and self-imposed regulations (to stop him from taking too many Patriots or Cowboys, for example).


Barnwell required one player from every team, and with so many options on the Bengals, he went with Sims as his fourth string defensive tackle.

Not A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert or John Ross, players who are either elite or project highly at a discounted rate, but Sims. 

Barnwell’s explanation is he just wanted Sims as the final big body in his rotation.

The receiving group is led by Odell Beckham Jr., Amari Cooper, Michael Thomas and depth. The tight ends include Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett and Michael Hoomanawanui.


It’s a fun exercise, nothing more. Barnwell’s constraints forced him to leave a large sum of talent on the board. No list would look the same.

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