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Jim Brown Special: Top 5 NFL Attackmen

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In honor of The Greatest 2-Sport Athlete Of All Time, Mr. James Nathaniel Brown, we’re running through every position on the lacrosse field and giving you the best would-be laxers of the NFL. After all, lacrosse was his favorite sport.

After last Sunday’s Top 5 Longpoles, talk is starting to get heated. Today we’re highlighting the Top 5 Attackmen of the NFL. QB’s, RB’s, WR’s, Tight Ends. Put ’em in a bucket and some say the sport of lacrosse would drastically change. @LaxAllStars? We feel like these guys would bring extra athleticism, tenths of speed, and in some cases, a suitable swagger.  Yes… they could impact the game.

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5. MARK SANCHEZ

Just like our boy Maualuga he hasn’t completely proved himself yet, but then again he did just beat out Tom Brady and the Patriots this afternoon. The media loves him and he gets the girl. Earlier tonight Dan Patrick even called him “The King of New York City.” Sanchez is a leader in the spotlight. Could he be the best feeder from X in the NFL?

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4. BRANDON JACOBS

Meet Brandon Jacobs. This BIG man from Southern Illinois always produces when the Giants need it the most. Rodney Harrison recently said Jacobs was the only running back he’s ever been afraid of. His blood boils. After trucking for over 1000 yard in ’07 and ’08 we can only expect the best from Jacobs this year. Truth: a 6-foot pole probably wouldn’t stand a chance against this guy’s hustle.

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3. CHRIS COOLEY

Funnyman Chris Cooley does work. 321 receptions, 3,525 yds, 29 touchdowns in 5 seasons. Not too shabby for a tight end. Can we compare him to Notre Dame TE turned Maryland standout attackman Will Yeatman? I think so. Oh, and Cooley also catches footballs through walls, blogs at The Cooley Zone, and has pulled a few onfield antics in his day. Sounds like a lax bro to me.

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2. DARREN SPROLES

The fastest man in the NFL? Check. More agile than a gazelle? Check. Save him for the offensive side of the field, give him the ball and count it. Trust me, I just got 28 points out of him tonight in J-Mat’s Fantasy Football League. Added bonus: throw him down as a clearing middie from time-to-time and expect greatness. Is there one player in the MLL who could stop Darren Sproles if he had stick skills? Enough said.

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1. CHAD OCHOCINCO

Chad Ochocinco eats McDonalds 3 times a day in training camp, Ustreams in his sleep, and guarentees beat-downs against welterweight champions. This versatile player even raced a horse and won. You need a certain attitude to be an effective attackman, and Esteban has those diva qualities that aren’t uncommon on the offensive side of the field.

“Ochocinco with the hat trick!” Can you feel it? Sign the ball and throw it to the crowd. Don’t think he’d be an asset? Child please! #85 would run his d-man dry and put one through the 5-hole all while being the first pro lacrosse player to ever tweet from the field.

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Got a better 5? Let’s here ’em.

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About the author

Jeff Brunelle

Jeff Brunelle is the founder and CEO of Lacrosse All Stars. A west coast native and product of the MCLA, Jeff moved back East after college and truly fell in love with the game. He now spends every waking moment building LaxAllStars.com and Red Label Sports from our headquarters in Boise, Idaho.

9 Comments

  • Not to sure about the Sanchez pick…I'd like to nominate Chad Witten, DeSean Jackson or possibly Vincent Jackson from the Chargers to take his place.

    Sproles would do dirty things on the lax field though.

  • Ben Roethlisberger – Big Feeder at X
    Adrian Peterson – takes you high, then goes by
    Michael Vick – sneaky lefty with killer instinct
    Ray Lewis – too slow to play D but a bad ass on the ride
    Plaxico Burress – you never know when he's gonna shoot, neither does he

  • to me, an attackman really needs two things: SICK skills and great field vision/decision making ability. the speed, quickness, size and all that are really just added bonuses. Sure, Mike Powell is a FREAK athlete but what made him great was his skill as a finisher AND passer and how well he saw the field. did his speed heighten those abilities? you betcha… but he would still have the skills and the vision even if he were as slow as say… me.
    So to me, Vick has the speed and the skills but not the field vision. sure, he's less of a run first qb now and is seeing the field better but he should still be a middie. no doubt IMHO. Same thing goes with Brandon Jacobs. he has great field vision for a RB but he should be a middie with that athleticism. I like AP28 as an attackman though… he is SO athletic yet patient and makes things easy for himself. would be a beast.
    Ray Lewis has no place on a lax field other than as 2 roles: goalie (just to prove he's tough as nails) or fogo (just to cheat like all fogos and be a tough guy).
    other guys that could be attackmen: wes welker, big ben, mike vrabel (crease attach anyone?), donovan mcnabb, peyton manning (best distributor ever at X!).

    • Re: Jacobs

      I agree that he's crazy athletic for a big guy but I just dont see him having the the long distance stamina for playing the midfield. He's more of a powerful, burst type player and I feel like attack is where he would maximize his skill set.

      As for All Day Adrian…not to give anything away but I'm pretty confident he'll make it next Sunday when we run through potential NFL middies.

  • to me, an attackman really needs two things: SICK skills and great field vision/decision making ability. the speed, quickness, size and all that are really just added bonuses. Sure, Mike Powell is a FREAK athlete but what made him great was his skill as a finisher AND passer and how well he saw the field. did his speed heighten those abilities? you betcha… but he would still have the skills and the vision even if he were as slow as say… me.
    So to me, Vick has the speed and the skills but not the field vision. sure, he's less of a run first qb now and is seeing the field better but he should still be a middie. no doubt IMHO. Same thing goes with Brandon Jacobs. he has great field vision for a RB but he should be a middie with that athleticism. I like AP28 as an attackman though… he is SO athletic yet patient and makes things easy for himself. would be a beast.
    Ray Lewis has no place on a lax field other than as 2 roles: goalie (just to prove he's tough as nails) or fogo (just to cheat like all fogos and be a tough guy).
    other guys that could be attackmen: wes welker, big ben, mike vrabel (crease attach anyone?), donovan mcnabb, peyton manning (best distributor ever at X!).

  • Re: Jacobs

    I agree that he's crazy athletic for a big guy but I just dont see him having the the long distance stamina for playing the midfield. He's more of a powerful, burst type player and I feel like attack is where he would maximize his skill set.

    As for All Day Adrian…not to give anything away but I'm pretty confident he'll make it next Sunday when we run through potential NFL middies.

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