2014 NFL Draft: Best Fits for This Year's Top Defensive Playmakers

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2014 NFL Draft: Best Fits for This Year's Top Defensive Playmakers
Keith Srakocic

The 2014 NFL draft is loaded with incredible playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. Each prospect is hoping to land somewhere he can maximize his potential while providing as many opportunities to play as possible. 

There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to where these players will end up on draft day. Some lucky prospects will land in exactly the right situation, while others will be less fortunate with their destination.

In this slide, I first had to identify the biggest playmakers in the draft.

In order to do this, I weighted the career stats of every defensive player who was invited to the combine. From there, I had to generate a player’s level of production on two prisms: (1) production per game and (2) production throughout his career. Those two separate scores were then averaged together to create the final production grade. Naturally, the higher the grade, the more of a playmaker that prospect is. 

This is an interesting way to figure out the top playmakers because it mitigates subjectivity in the process. 

I used the two highest scores from each defensive position in the slideshow.  

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