Secondary Rankings (06/17/15)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
2015 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. This 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.

Rankings: 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 player: Denver's Chris Harris Jr. The Broncos' Pro Bowler has an impact score of 9.2 out of 10.

Which team has the best secondary in the league? For the second year in a row it's the Legion of Boom. The Seattle Seahawks secondary has an average impact score of 8.61 out of 10, up from 8.53 a year ago.

There are only two players that earned an impact score of 9.0 or better. In addition to Harris Jr., Seattle's Richard Sherman has an impact score of 9.0 out of 10.

The highest rated corners: after Harris and Sherman are Indianapolis Colts' Vontae Davis (8.9 out of 10), New York Jets' Darrelle Revis (8.8 out of 10) and Kansas City Chiefs' Sean Smith (8.8 out of 10).

The highest rated safeties: San Diego Chargers' Eric Weddle (8.8 out of 10), Minnesota Vikings' Harrison Smith (8.8 out of 10) and Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas (8.6 out of 10).

Most improved secondaries: Minnesota Vikings from 26th in 2014 to 4th in 2015. Detroit Lions from 24th to 9th, Indianapolis Colts from 19th to 5th, Washington Redskins from 31st to 17th and New York Jets from 23rd to 11th.

Top 10 to Bottom 10: Arizona Cardinals from 4th in 2014 to 23rd in 2015, Tennessee Titans from 7th to 28th, Pittsburgh Steelers from 8th to 30th and New Orleans Saints from 5th to 32nd.

Secondary Power Rankings

Team Average Secondary Ranking
Seattle Seahawks 8.61
Denver Broncos 8.44
Green Bay Packers 8.35
Minnesota Vikings 8.35
Indianapolis Colts 8.28
Cleveland Browns 8.28
San Diego Chargers 8.26
Carolina Panthers 8.19
Detroit Lions 8.18
New York Giants 8.16
New York Jets 8.15
Miami Dolphins 8.14
New England Patriots 8.12
Cincinnati Bengals 8.12
Kansas City Chiefs 8.12
Philadelphia Eagles 8.10
Washington Redskins 8.06
St. Louis Rams 8.05
Houston Texans 8.04
Buffalo Bills 8.01
Baltimore Ravens 7.99
Oakland Raiders 7.97
Arizona Cardinals 7.96
Dallas Cowboys 7.94
Atlanta Falcons 7.94
Jacksonville Jaguars 7.92
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7.91
Tennessee Titans 7.91
San Francisco 49ers 7.90
Pittsburgh Steelers 7.85
Chicago Bears 7.69
New Orleans Saints 7.57