In today’s NFL offseason, our time is usually filled with discussions as to who is the best player at such-and-such position, or which team has the better chance to win this-and-that. I am straying from both of those topics today. Today’s article is going to focus on the most important positions in football.
5. WR. Antonio Brown. Julio Jones. A.J. Green. DeAndre Hopkins. Odell Beckham Jr. Dez. Bryant. The list of top NFL receivers goes on and on. A top tier wide out, or several above average receivers together give a huge advantage to any NFL team. This is the reason we always see so much buzz from top wide receivers coming out of college; each and every NFL team wants to draft the next Julio or Calvin Johnson. In addition, the NFL is becoming a much more pass-centric league, and without a quality wide receiver, or receivers, your NFL team is a step down from the rest.
4. Pass Rusher. Today’s story is going to be about a 2015 Denver Broncos team. This team’s offense wasn’t very good, but their defense, led by top pass rushers DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller took them all the way to the Super Bowl. So, what’s the moral of this story? Pass rush, pass rush, pass rush. J.J. Watt. Khalil Mack. Von Miller. DeMarcus Ware. Justin Houston. Michael Bennet, etc. Those guys are just a few of the high motor, elite pass rushers in the NFL. Every defensive play starts at the line of scrimmage, and the faster you can get to the QB, the better off your team is going to be.
3. CB. The most important defensive position. Richard Sherman. Patrick Peterson. Josh Norman. Darrelle Revis. Aqib Talib. What do all of these players have in common? They are true, shutdown cornerbacks. If you line up any one of these guys against any receiver in the NFL, you can rely on them to win the matchup. Without Josh Norman, the Panthers wouldn’t have made it all the way to the Superbowl. Without Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals wouldn’t have made it all the way to the NFC Championship. Without a shutdown cornerback, the chances of your favorite NFL team having a successful season are slim.
2. LT. The offensive line is the most underrated position group in football. Without a good line, there is almost no chance that your team will consistently win games. If your team can’t pass block, your QB is going to be lying flat on his back. If your team can’t run block, your offense is going to be completely one dimensional. So, if the offensive line is so important, why shouldn’t the most important position on the line be on this list? Without guys like Jason Peters, Joe Staley, Terron Armstead, Tyron Smith, and Trent Williams playing left tackle and protecting the quarterback’s blind side, your team will be in a world of hurt.
1. QB. No surprise here. The quarterback is the most important position in football. Nearly every year the team with the number one overall pick reaches for a QB in the NFL Draft; nearly every year quarterbacks get hurt during the season, and their team’s record goes down the drain. Both of these illustrations show how important the QB has become in today’s NFL. Each and every NFL team knows the value of the QB position, but only a few of them are fortunate enough to have a star at that spot.