Who’s the best player at each position entering the NFL season? That question would be a lot easier to answer if the job descriptions for each role didn't change so frequently. As offenses and defenses adjust to each other’s tendencies faster than ever, it’s hard to pin down exactly what we should call J.J. Watt (other than a menace to quarterbacks everywhere) or Chris Harris (other than a lockdown artist any smart passing game should steer clear of). Before training camps open and the 2016 season kicks off, we reset our ledgers by ranking the game’s elite class at each common position, broadening the net for each role slightly to include every possible type of scheme.
Check back in the coming weeks as our rankings continue.