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Roster Architecting Blueprint (1 Viewer)

Bob Magaw

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first of all, many on the board are already familiar with these concepts... but it might be a useful primer for those who aren't...

especially around the draft, for a team that has a lot of holes (like the rams & lions), it can help makes sense of what direction a team takes, & why...

also, for keeping score on how well (NE, PHI) or poorly franchises are at working free agency (youth should also be a criteria... personally i'm more excited about the rams franchising, signing or re-signing atogwe, jason brown/james butler & ron bartell, all about 26-27, than i am about the lions trading for julian peterson, about 31)... pats are masters at getting inexpensive vets to plug into their system... PHI traditionally & historically in recent years very adept at letting aging vets like bobby taylor & troy vincent go (some homers feel dawkins has more in the tank & leadership will be more missed, so he may not be ideal example), & locking up promising youngsters early, enabling them to retain them more cheaply, before they hit the open market & become extortionately expensive... that strategy can obviously backfire if not done right... but this last part a bit of a digression from the thrust & emphasis of what is to follow...

please feel free to add anything, or correct, as the case may be... input & feedback appreciated...

below imported from a rams homer site i cross-post in, on occasion (as well as the SP)...

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...seems to revolve around QB...

another hint comes from relative cost of slapping franchise tag on different positions...

& how easy (or difficult) in terms of cost of acquistion or replacement... whether from draft pedigree or in free agency...

lastly, probably all this ties in & is related to the sheer scarcity of finding dancing bear 320+ lb LTs, with size of a grizzly & feet of a ballerina (NYG GM george young ((?)) talked about the "planet theory"... only a few guys on the planet like this, so if you find one, you do what you can to get them on your roster ... whatever "IT" is, that top QBs like brady & manning have, is NOT evenly distributed in population, EXTREMELY difficult to identify & capture... think of the shocking athleticism that the top DEs & CBs possess (like mario williams, a freakish physical specimen & athletic phenom/prodigy... charles & woodson & champ bailey were good enough athletes to be two way collegiate stars for michigan & georgia, respectively... there are arguably just a few guys a decade like that that come down the pike)...

QB i believe highest cost to franchise (average of top five highest paid players at their position)...

LT next? (position that protects the QB)

DE & CB also very valuable (blue chip DE defeats the LT & knocks down the QB... elite CBs get PD & INT & foil QB... can also delay QB for split second extra needed to help DE knock them down)

on offense, even the best interior OL don't go as high as elite LTs... usually RT not as valuable as LT (pass blocking at more of a premium than run blocking, as it keeps QB from getting killed, & the LT has to contend with the typically more athletic RDE... jeff otah didn't go as high as clady (though close), though obviously CAR is happy to have him, & anybody can see how he took the run game to the next level for the panthers...

WR can be very valuable, but are sometimes dependent on OL & QB... don't touch the ball as much as RB

yet, other than the top RBs, though they get a lot of touches, they seem to be a bit more commoditized...

TEs rarely go high, usually one or two in the 1st, & late at that...

FBs don't even get drafted sometimes... for some teams it is a dying position (though i think karney will help jackson)

on defense, usually DTs not as valuable as DEs (with exceptions, like warren sapp, albert haynesworth, kevin williams in MIN)

LBs had been becoming more commoditized (especially NLB/ILB), but some good young difference making MLBs have emerged in recent years (notably willis & beason)... clearly ray lewis in his prime was a massive difference maker... top WLB very valuable, such as derrick brooks, lance briggs... SLB typically don't make a lot of money, with guy like julian peterson the exception... 3-4 growing in popularity, & top OLBs more valuable than ILB... think demarcus ware or shawne merriman(when healthy)... still, elite LBs GENERALLY don't go as high as elite DE or CB...

in the secondary, S much more of a commodity than the top CBs (an old saw is safeties are DBs that were too slow to play CB... guards are too slow to play OT, TEs too slow or big to be WR, FB too slow or not talented enough to be RB, DT too slow to be DE, we can see the pattern)... most budding DBs would want to be a CB due to disparity in earnings/income prospects at respective positions, but it is true that they do involve different skill sets, & the top safeties, like troy polamalu & ed reed, are arguably as valuable as top CBs... there aren't a lot of guys like that... at the apex, hard to say CB like deion wasn't most valuable (despite being allergic to tackling)... he would singlehandedly shut down A WHOLE SIDE OF THE FIELD!! HoF DBs like lott & woodson could effortlessly do either, though as they aged & slowed down, probably fit better at safety... instincts, anticipation & angles more important at S that blinding speed & liquid hip flip... CB can further be sub-divided... quickness & top end, so called catch-up speed important, but less so for cover two CBs, who defend a smaller zone area & don't turn & run on go routes, but hand off to over the top help from safety... best cover two CBs are aggressive, physical, tough & don't shy from contact in run support...

 

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