Value Comparison 2011 vs. 2010, Defense

Wonder has completed his assessment of the defensive players of this years players.  Let’s compare the value by position from 2011 versus 2010.

The methodology utilized by Wonder is the same regardless of position.  The emphasis on quality of what a player can be expected to contribute to the next level is the focus of the draft project on Ultimatenyg.  Year to year you will have a deeper class at certain positions versus others.  Below is an analysis of the defensive position from 2011 and 2010.  We break down the number of players with a rating of at least 1 = multiple pro bowls, 2 = pro bowl and 3 = solid starter and the total number of players in this rating category.  In addition, we break down the average value for those who do have a 1-3 rating.

2011

 

 

2010

 

 

LB Quantity

 Avg. Value 

 Avg. Rating 

LB Quantity

 Avg. Value 

 Avg. Rating 

5

34

3

6

27

2.8

CB Quantity

Avg. Value

Avg. Rating

CB Quantity

Avg. Value

Avg. Rating

7

43

2.7

6

41

3

Safety Quantity

Avg. Value

Avg. Rating

Safety Quantity

Avg. Value

Avg. Rating

1

47

3

5

40

2.2

DT Quantity

Avg. Value

Avg. Rating

DT Quantity

Avg. Value

Avg. Rating

6

30

2.7

4

37

2

DE Quantity

Avg. Value

Avg. Rating

DE Quantity

Avg. Value

Avg. Rating

10

27

2.9

6

45

3

It is clear that there is a huge deficiency at Safety year over year from 2010.  That number deficiency is replaced by the surplus of projected talent at DE and DT.  Combined between the 2 DL positions you have an increase of 6 players from 2010 who have a rating of 3 or higher.  There is significant pick value with DT in 2010 at 37 (for those with a 3 rating or better) and DT in 2011 at 30. Finally, statistically DE is not even close in value with an average pick value at 45 in 2010 vs an average pick value in 2011 at 27. 

For those teams with a need on the DL your risk-reward is more favorable.  Unfortunately for the Giants the value and depth of the Linebacker class is once again not a strong one in a year of undeniable need.  We simply need to remember that there are R1 choices and that the Daryl Washingtons who slide to R2 are going to be there as well.

Summary: Safety is deficient in this draft.  Defensive Line has a lot more talent than last year.  While LBer is weak again, there are still players available for the teams who prioritize the position.

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