NFL’s Top 28 over 28: Front-7 Defenders

September 20, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

You can make the argument that after quarterback, the positional golden age of this era of NFL football consists of defensive linemen and edge defenders. While positions like running back, offensive line and linebackers have been falling off in recent decades, more and more players, from an early age, are focusing their talents on the defensive line. 
In reflection of this trend, the front seven is our 28 for 28 series' strongest positional group, which shouldn't be surprising considering the top-end talent across the league and how many players on a 53-man roster fit into this category.
To accurately reflect the NFL's demands for these players, and to try to create a single scale which values interior defensive linemen, edge defenders and off-the-ball linebackers on an honest scale, we broke front-seven play into four categories.
The first and most important is their pass influence, an attribute taking into account of both a player's ability to get after the passer...

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