2015 Depth Chart Updates
A team-by-team look at the depth and quality of each position on the roster after Free Agency and the Draft.
2015 Depth Chart Updates
The headline signings of Free Agency and the spectacle that is the NFL Draft are dwindling in the rear-view mirror and with that comes vastly different rosters and the need to update our Depth Charts. So over the coming days here at PFF we’ll be taking you through the latest Depth Charts for all 32 NFL teams. Here you can find links for each team to see how Free Agency and the Draft has shaped and improved each team in comparison to where they stood before Free Agency began.
As usual, please read the associated notes above (and on the individual articles) as the devil is usually in the detail. However, if you do see mistakes or have comments, we’d encourage you to post them in the comments section of each article (or below if it relates to the entire series). If you believe that information is definitive (and not just your opinion) it would be great if you could post a link.
For example, if the head coach has just come out and said X player will be given the first opportunity to win the starting job, it would be really helpful if you could give us a quick way to verify it. If we work together on this we can produce an extremely accurate and definitive set of depth charts that will hopefully be useful for everyone.
1. The grade given is for now – it’s not a prediction of future development. While it’s primarily based on last year (or their last year of action) it does include more than just a nod to their career. For example, if a corner played well up until 2014 and then stunk, we’ll take account of his better years as well. Further, this is an opinion based series, as a group we have had a series of discussions to weigh up which rating to give each player. No one in PFF believes the overall grades are absolutely definitive and neither should you. For example, how should one weight the relative receiving and blocking skills of a tight end? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
2. Elite is as advertised. Broadly it’s the best 50 players in the NFL but that doesn’t mean its two or three from each position group across the board. There may be none or there may be seven or eight. That’s just the nature of it; some periods are good for one position, some others.
3. The grade is for the position specified and doesn’t include their usefulness on special teams. So, for example, while we know Kelcie McCray of Kansas City is currently the best special teams player in football, his grade reflects only his play as a defensive back.
4. 2013 was the first season we began to grade long-snappers and other special teams positions in unrivaled fine detail. We don’t just factor totally botched snaps into a long snapper’s grade, but snaps that are significantly off-line in any direction, whether that inaccuracy was compensated for by the punter or holder or not. A long-snapper’s grade will also be made up from his work on coverage units and can be harmed by missed tackles, poor lane-discipline among other factors.
Links to the charts as they post: