Skill Position Rankings (06/03/14)

By John Ewing
NFL Positional Power Rankings – ranking every player in the NFL by position.

Our NFL Positional Power Rankings are based on an impact score (0 - 10 scale) for each player. These are the same rankings we share with NFL teams to discuss draft and roster creation as well as the basis for all of our NFL Draft content including 2014 Top 250 Rankings. The impact score is a relative value based on the projections that can put players in context across positions. A score of seven or above can generally outperform a replacement player in the NFL at his position; an eight or above can be expected to start adequately and a player with a rating over nine is a unique, game-changing athlete.

Why are positional rankings important? The ratings used in the positional rankings analysis are directly tied to the objective used to run each NFL regular and postseason game 50,000 times. The relative strengths and weakness of the teams have helped go 35-9 (80% ATS) all-time in the NFL Playoffs.

The first position we rank: offensive skill positions (including quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends). Offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and defensive secondary rankings will be revealed in the coming days.

For more fun with impact scores check out the NFL Draft Machine.

  • The highest rated players: Peyton Manning and Brandon Marshall (9.3 out of 10).
  • Ten players earned an impact score of nine or above (game-changing) and five were wide receivers.
  • The highest rated running back: LeSean McCoy (9.1 out of 10).
  • The highest rated tight end: Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski (8.8 out of 10).
  • The highest rated rookie skill position player – Sammy Watkins (9.0 out of 10).
  • Only 52 percent of the players ranked earned an eight or above – expected to start adequately.
  • Quarterbacks matter: eight of the top ten highest ranked skill position units also have a signal caller that ranks in the top ten at quarterback.
  • Andrew Luck does more with less: Luck is a top ten (No. 8) quarterback but of the elite play callers, the former No. 1 overall pick has the fewest weapons around him – the Colts rank 20th in our offensive skill position rankings.
  • Of the top ten skill position units, only one, New Orleans, is expected to start a rookie (Brandin Cooks WR). Of the bottom ten skill position units, seven are expected to start rookies at key offensive skill positions.
Skill Position Power Rankings

Team Average Skill Position Ranking
Green Bay Packers 8.45
Seattle Seahawks 8.37
Philadelphia Eagles 8.35
Chicago Bears 8.34
San Francisco 49ers 8.32
Denver Broncos 8.32
New Orleans Saints 8.30
New England Patriots 8.30
San Diego Chargers 8.28
Washington Redskins 8.27
Arizona Cardinals 8.25
Detroit Lions 8.21
Dallas Cowboys 8.08
Miami Dolphins 8.03
Minnesota Vikings 8.03
Pittsburgh Steelers 7.98
Cincinnati Bengals 7.98
New York Giants 7.97
Indianapolis Colts 7.95
Kansas City Chiefs 7.95
Atlanta Falcons 7.90
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7.82
Tennessee Titans 7.82
Carolina Panthers 7.80
New York Jets 7.79
Oakland Raiders 7.74
Baltimore Ravens 7.71
Houston Texans 7.71
Cleveland Browns 7.70
Jacksonville Jaguars 7.60
St. Louis Rams 7.59
Buffalo Bills 7.58