What happens when trying to assess the highest overall value of an NFL player without considering the quarterback position?
This thought experiment originated through a delightfully engaging debate via Twitter. The purpose of the question was intended to indirectly provide a bit of inner peace in regards to another question—what’s the most valuable position in football after the quarterback?
Perhaps the many opinions offered up that night brought us no closer to answering the ever-debatable question of positional value; but it did serve up a bounty of delicious arguments for the most valuable players not lined up behind center.
For the purpose of this slideshow, the overall value of a player was determined by considering everything from age and injuries to production and freakish measurables. Another way to look at this is to imagine you're the general manager of an expansion team and the league has awarded you the ability to steal away any non-quarterback in the NFL.
The list has been broken down into four tiers consisting of three players per tier.