PVR PLAYER VALUE RANKINGS BY POSITION

July 15, 1997

We ranked the NFL's offensive skill-position players and
placekickers (as well as defensive backs who also return kicks)
from 1 to 425, based on our projections of their statistical
production this season. The categories considered were scoring
(touchdowns, field goals, extra points), long scoring plays (25
yards or more), big-game potential (300 yards passing or 100
yards rushing or receiving) and passing efficiency. We also took
into account each player's stats from previous seasons, as well
as his role on his current team, his potential for improvement
and his injury history. Below are our ratings based on the above
criteria, including each player's overall value ranking, or PVR.

RANK PLAYER PVR

QUARTERBACKS

1. Brett Favre 1
2. Mark Brunell 4
3. Troy Aikman 5
4. Steve Young 8
5. Drew Bledsoe 13
6. Dan Marino 20
7. John Elway 21
8. Stan Humphries 28
9. Jeff Blake 33
10. Jim Harbaugh 41
11. Scott Mitchell 42
12. Brad Johnson 48
13. Jeff George 54
14. Ty Detmer 56
15. Trent Dilfer 64
16. Gus Frerotte 68
17. Steve McNair 77
18. Vinny Testaverde 79
19. John Friesz 83
20. Elvis Grbac 91
21. Kerry Collins 103
22. Tony Banks 109
23. Chris Chandler 121
24. Rick Mirer 137
25. Kordell Stewart 145
26. Neil O'Donnell 156
27. Heath Shuler 161
28. Dave Brown 169
29. Kent Graham 172
30. Jeff Hostetler 175
31. Todd Collins 183
32. Mike Tomczak 184
33. Jim Everett 230
34. Erik Kramer 243
35. Warren Moon 249
36. Doug Nussmeier 287
37. Rodney Peete 292
38. Billy Joe Hobert 294
39. Dave Krieg 306
40. Boomer Esiason 314
41. Bobby Hebert 322
42. Paul Justin 330
43. Wade Wilson 344
44. Steve Beuerlein 348
45. Steve Walsh 350
46. Billy Joe Tolliver 354
47. Randall Cunningham 357
48. Glenn Foley 362
49. Danny Kanell 364
50. Pat Barnes 367
51. Jeff Lewis 369
52. Mark Rypien 371
53. David Klingler 373
54. Jake Plummer 374
55. Steve Bono 375
56. Eric Zeier 376
57. Jim Druckenmiller 379
58. Craig Erickson 381
59. Jeff Brohm 391
60. Rob Johnson 393
61. Danny Wuerffel 409
62. Frank Reich 410

RUNNING BACKS

1. Barry Sanders 2
2. Emmitt Smith 3
3. Eddie George 7
4. Curtis Martin 9
5. Ricky Watters 10
6. Terrell Davis 11
7. Adrian Murrell 19
8. Karim Abdul-Jabbar 24
9. Terry Allen 25
10. Jerome Bettis 29
11. Jamal Anderson 30
12. Larry Centers 31
13. Napoleon Kaufman 34
14. Natrone Means 38
15. Edgar Bennett 47
16. LeShon Johnson 49
17. Chris Warren 52
18. Troy Davis 55
19. Robert Smith 58
20. Lawrence Phillips 59
21. Tim Biakabutuka 60
22. James Stewart (Jax.) 61
23. Marshall Faulk 62
24. Anthony Johnson 63
25. Corey Dillon 67
26. Rashaan Salaam 70
27. Thurman Thomas 71
28. Bam Morris 72
29. Garrison Hearst 73
30. Warrick Dunn 74
31. Rodney Hampton 76
32. Amp Lee 81
33. Gary Brown 85
34. Tiki Barber 97
35. Lamar Smith 98
36. Greg Hill 99
37. Dorsey Levens 100
38. Brian Mitchell 102
39. Marcus Allen 105
40. Mario Bates 111
41. Errict Rhett 114
42. Antowain Smith 120
43. Leeland McElroy 123
44. Byron Hanspard 124
45. Tyrone Wheatley 125
46. Raymont Harris 126
47. Terrell Fletcher 130
48. Mike Alstott 135
49. Ronnie Harmon 136
50. Ki-Jana Carter 140
51. David Meggett 143
52. Derrick Fenner 148
53. Craig Heyward 151
54. Terry Kirby 154
55. Derek Loville 157
56. Ray Zellars 159
57. Stanley Pritchett 162
58. Reggie Brooks 165
59. Harvey Williams 166
60. Erric Pegram 174
61. Lorenzo Neal 202
62. Darrick Holmes 209
63. Jerry Ellison 212
64. Kimble Anders 214
65. Irving Spikes 216
66. Aaron Craver 218
67. Daryl Johnston 220
68. William Floyd 222
69. James Stewart (Minn.) 224
70. Mel Gray 226
71. Leroy Hoard 246
72. Herschel Walker 250
73. Marc Edwards 251
74. Howard Griffith 256
75. Sedrick Shaw 258
76. Tyrone Hughes 260
77. Brian Milne 261
78. Jay Graham 262
79. Ron Moore 271
80. Charlie Garner 276
81. Scottie Graham 277
82. Keith Byars 278
83. Earnest Byner 281
84. Tim Lester 290
85. Zack Crockett 295
86. Harold Green 298
87. Eric Bieniemy 300
88. Le'Shai Maston 303
89. Lamont Warren 305
90. Vaughn Hebron 307
91. Chuck Evans 311
92. Joe Aska 312
93. Randy Jordan 316
94. Kevin Turner 317
95. Bob Christian 318
96. Tommy Vardell 320
97. Charles Way 324
98. Derek Brown (N.O.) 331
99. Marc Logan 332
100. Duce Staley 334
101. Corey Schlesinger 337
102. Tim Tindale 339
103. Scott Greene 341
104. Robert Green 352
105. Richie Anderson 356
106. Rodney Thomas 358
107. Stephen Davis 380
108. Larry Bowie 382
109. Aaron Hayden 384
110. George Jones 386
111. Jerris McPhail 387
112. Darnell Autry 389
113. Steve Broussard 390
114. Mack Strong 395
115. Sam Gash 396
116. William Henderson 397
117. Leon Johnson 406
118. Vince Workman 407
119. Bernie Parmalee 408
120. Leonard Russell 412
121. Sherman Williams 415
122. Clif Groce 425

WIDE RECEIVERS

1. Jerry Rice 6
2. Michael Irvin 12
3. Tony Martin 14
4. Isaac Bruce 15
5. Joey Galloway 16
6. Terry Glenn 22
7. Keenan McCardell 23
8. Herman Moore 26
9. Eric Metcalf 27
10. Jimmy Smith 32
11. Cris Carter 35
12. Irving Fryar 36
13. Robert Brooks 37
14. Tim Brown 39
15. Keyshawn Johnson 44
16. Carl Pickens 45
17. Eddie Kennison 46
18. Marvin Harrison 50
19. Michael Jackson 51
20. Yancey Thigpen 69
21. Robb Thomas 75
22. Chris T. Jones 78
23. Curtis Conway 82
24. Antonio Freeman 84
25. Anthony Miller 86
26. O.J. McDuffie 87
27. Rob Moore 88
28. Derrick Alexander 89
29. Andre Hastings 90
30. Chris Sanders 92
31. Henry Ellard 93
32. Johnnie Morton 95
33. Jake Reed 96
34. Brett Perriman 101
35. Michael Westbrook 104
36. Terrell Owens 106
37. Shawn Jefferson 107
38. Andre Reed 108
39. Terance Mathis 110
40. Muhsin Muhammad 112
41. Charlie Jones 113
42. Kevin Lockett 117
43. Rod Smith 118
44. Charles Johnson 128
45. Wayne Chrebet 129
46. Bert Emanuel 131
47. Rae Carruth 132
48. Tamarick Vanover 133
49. Mark Carrier 138
50. Randal Hill 139
51. Fred Barnett 141
52. Darnay Scott 142
53. Ike Hilliard 144
54. Kevin Williams 146
55. David Palmer 147
56. Michael Haynes 149
57. Joey Kent 150
58. Glyn Milburn 152
59. Willie Green 155
60. Michael Timpson 160
61. Horace Copeland 163
62. Frank Sanders 167
63. Eric Moulds 170
64. Courtney Hawkins 176
65. Torrance Small 177
66. Chris Calloway 180
67. Mike Pritchard 185
68. Sean Dawkins 186
69. Bobby Engram 188
70. Todd Kinchen 189
71. Ernie Mills 191
72. J.J. Birden 193
73. Desmond Howard 194
74. Brian Blades 195
75. Lake Dawson 197
76. Yatil Green 201
77. Qadry Ismail 204
78. Jeff Graham 205
79. Quinn Early 206
80. Derrick Mayes 207
81. Reidel Anthony 208
82. Nate Singleton 210
83. Bryan Still 213
84. Vincent Brisby 215
85. Derek Russell 219
86. Willie Davis 221
87. Ed McCaffrey 223
88. David Dunn 225
89. Chris Penn 227
90. Lawrence Dawsey 232
91. Leslie Shepherd 233
92. Jermaine Lewis 235
93. Andre Rison 239
94. Daryl Hobbs 240
95. Karl Williams 242
96. Anthony Edwards 248
97. Troy Brown 252
98. James Jett 254
99. Terry Mickens 255
100. J.J. Stokes 259
101. Don Beebe 270
102. Jermaine Ross 275
103. Michael Bates 280
104. Aaron Bailey 282
105. Thomas Lewis 283
106. Ricky Proehl 284
107. Willie Jackson 293
108. Andre Coleman 296
109. Amani Toomer 302
110. Alvin Harper 308
111. Will Blackwell 310
112. Lee DeRamus 313
113. Alex VanDyke 319
114. Winslow Oliver 325
115. J.T. Thomas 327
116. Raghib Ismail 333
117. Iheanyi Uwaezuoke 335
118. Marcus Harris 338
119. Bill Brooks 340
120. James McKnight 342
121. Dedrick Ward 359
122. Robert Tate 363
123. Mike Adams 366
124. Albert Connell 370
125. Terry Guess 378
126. Patrick Jeffers 383
127. Brian Stablein 388
128. Chad Carpenter 392
129. Roell Preston 399
130. Steve Tasker 401
131. Kenny Shedd 402
132. Matthew Hatchette 404
133. Kez McCorvey 411
134. Tony Bland 418
135. Ray Ethridge 419
136. Jack Jackson 420
137. Marcus Dowdell 421
138. James Roe 423
139. Brian Manning 424

TIGHT ENDS

1. Ben Coates 17
2. Shannon Sharpe 18
3. Wesley Walls 40
4. Mark Chmura 43
5. Jamie Asher 53
6. Frank Wycheck 57
7. David LaFleur 65
8. Ken Dilger 80
9. Brent Jones 115
10. Tony Gonzalez 122
11. Pete Mitchell 127
12. Brian Kinchen 134
13. Jackie Harris 153
14. Jason Dunn 158
15. Rickey Dudley 171
16. Tony McGee 173
17. Pat Carter 181
18. Eric Bjornson 187
19. Dave Moore 192
20. Irv Smith 199
21. Ernie Conwell 200
22. Lonnie Johnson 203
23. Ted Popson 211
24. Carlester Crumpler 217
25. Keith Jennings 228
26. Troy Drayton 231
27. Howard Cross 244
28. Alfred Pupunu 245
29. Jeff Thomason 247
30. Hunter Goodwin 253
31. Tony Cline 257
32. Mark Bruener 264
33. Christian Fauria 272
34. Andrew Jordan 279
35. Ed West 285
36. David Sloan 286
37. Freddie Jones 288
38. Derek Brown (Jax.) 297
39. John Allred 299
40. O.J. Santiago 301
41. Aaron Laing 315
42. Aaron Pierce 321
43. Kyle Brady 323
44. Scott Galbraith 326
45. Marco Battaglia 329
46. Eric Green 343
47. Dwayne Carswell 345
48. Chris Gedney 346
49. Pete Chryplewicz 349
50. Keith Cash 351
51. Pete Metzelaars 360
52. Jimmie Johnson 361
53. Marcus Hinton 365
54. Brian Roche 368
55. Walter Rasby 377
56. Derrick Walker 394
57. Paul Green 403
58. Mitch Lyons 405
59. Walter Reeves 413
60. Fred Baxter 414
61. Brett Carolan 416
62. Kirk Botkin 422

RETURN MEN

1. Derrick Witherspoon 241
2. Deion Sanders 289
3. Darrien Gordon 328
4. Chris Hudson 353
5. Jeff Burris 372
6. Corey Sawyer 398

PLACEKICKERS

1. Chris Boniol 66
2. Jason Elam 94
3. Al Del Greco 116
4. Jason Hanson 119
5. Cary Blanchard 164
6. Doug Pelfrey 168
7. Steve Christie 178
8. Jeff Wilkins 179
9. Brett Conway 182
10. Michael Husted 190
11. Scott Blanton 196
12. John Kasay 198
13. Morten Andersen 229
14. Adam Vinatieri 234
15. Norm Johnson 236
16. Todd Peterson 237
17. Doug Brien 238
18. Pete Stoyanovich 263
19. Mike Hollis 265
20. Brad Daluiso 266
21. Chris Jacke 267
22. Gary Anderson 268
23. Matt Stover 269
24. Jeff Jaeger 273
25. Scott Bentley 274
26. John Carney 291
27. Cole Ford 304
28. Richie Cunningham 309
29. Olindo Mare 336
30. ScottSisson 347
31. Joe Nedney 355
32. Don Silvestri 385
33. Kevin Butler 400
34. Carlos Huerta 417

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)