This article came up in one of my google searches. It is from 2013.
Would anyone disagree with this list for "Today's NFL" in 2021?
Basically he claims that importance of position is ranked like this:
QB, Edge pass rusher, Inside pass rusher, OT, Two-way safety, complete TE, CB, WR, run stuffing DT, C, RB, ILB, OG, run stuffing DE, OLB.
(I guess LS, PK and punter come after OLB)
The idea of this ranking is to show where you could argue for overpaying, where you can go cheap if needed, basically where not to spend the big money.
Though we all recognize that every position is necessary and you have to be at least competent everywhere.
Some interesting comments on positions:
Edge: "They come in all shapes and sizes".
(When the giants do get their edge rusher, they need to use him correctly based on his size and specific skill set)
TE: "As premium height/weight/speed combinations for wide receivers are being devalued in favor of route-running and playmaking capabilities, tight ends are trending in the opposite direction—pay for a big, fast, freaky athlete and get him the ball."
(5 years later this is even more true, but the Unicorn[I miss that guy] is always the guy who can block well and is a good receiver)
CB: "When there are five targets on the field, though, there's no way one man can wipe out one side...it's better to have three good cornerbacks than one great cornerback."
(in other words, you can't keep lining up the scrub of the week as your 2nd even 3rd CB)
WR: "Football fans of a certain age remember lots of discussion and debate over whether various wideouts were "true No. 1 receivers." Having a tall, fast, powerful, athletic No. 1 who wins every jump ball and routinely takes quick slants to the house just isn't as important when your quarterback is picking apart defenses with five eligible receivers on every play."
(I think that WR described is important but I do also agree with the quantity of competence vs the singular dominating player argument)
G: "The difference between a mediocre guard and a very good guard can hardly be felt in any single game...This is beginning to change, though."
(This comment is very debate worthy esp. Zeitler)
OLB: "Except for the rare few who are gifted pass-rushers...4-3 outside linebackers rarely make a big impact in today's NFL."
So what say you? Was this list correct in 2013? Still correct today? Power Ranking the Importance of Each Position in Today's NFL
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