I believe that to properly analyze the 2017 IDPs you need to have an idea of how they’ll ALL perform so you can benchmark and compare them effectively. So I built a model using past performance, efficiency, scheme information and coaching tendencies to predict what will happen in 2017. I’ve applied that to my best estimates for how teams will use players this year which gives a projection and ranking for all IDPs. You can read more about what I did and how here.
Of the 32 teams, I’m the least confident of these projections. The scheme the Raiders were using at the end of last year was the furthest away from what the coaching staff has used in the past, so there’s a certain amount of non-translatable data involved. It’s still work I’ll stand behind, but I’ll just be more likely to change my mind and agree with commenters. Not that I’m trying to insinuate Raiders fans are a forthright bunch…
Either way, this should be full of hope and promise. The Raiders were embarrassingly awful for most of a decade and a half and now they’re suddenly one of the teams most filled with fresh hope. The Raiders fans I know are rightly excited. Personally I’m not sure this season is going to be as rosy as many feel and ten wins should be seen as a great target. But after only dreaming about going 8-8, that’s still a great place for them to be in.
Because of scheme changes, some of these player position designations may well end up being different. This is my best guess from where we are now.
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