Small-School Pass-Rusher Noah Spence Is 2016 NFL Draft’s Most Volatile Star

January 11, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The most important position in football is quarterback. There's no doubt about that fact.
According to Spotrac, there are 12 NFL players who are currently slated to make $100 million or more during the lifespan of their current contracts. Eight of them are quarterbacks, three are front-seven players who can get after the passer as defenders and one, Calvin Johnson, is a superhuman receiver.
Under the NFL's current collective bargaining agreement, top draft picks have now become cheaper assets during their rookie contracts, which makes "hitting" on young talent a key goal for teams hoping to make a Super Bowl run.
Now more than ever, there has been an emphasis put on players who can contribute in the air game at the top of the draft, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. 
Last year, 22 first-round picks were either passers, bookends, pass-catchers, pass-rushers or defensive backs.
The split between "premium"—pass-oriented—positi...

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