With the entire NFL tightening its belts to squeeze inside a salary cap that isn't expanding, one of the most important things for front offices, coaches and fans to understand is every position's relative value.
Of course, great players can line up anywhere on the field; a perennial Pro Bowler will always make a positive impact. On the flip side, no team can hide a player who just isn't NFL caliber.
That said, some positions have a bigger impact on the game than others. Smart coaches are looking at the trends in the NFL and devising new ways to beat them; smart front offices are working with their coaches to bring in the kinds of players that will give them an advantage in the coming years.
Smart teams are investing their money in the positions that give the most bang per buck; other teams could be putting themselves in dire salary-cap straits with poor-value buys. Smart teams are figuring out where they can safely skimp in order to splurge elsewhere, while other teams are cutting useful players just to get their rookie classes signed.
Is your team shopping smart? Is it investing money and draft picks in positions that will yield dividends?