Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) celebrates his touchdown with teammates against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks roster ranked as NFL's best by Pro Football Focus

Perhaps it comes as no surprise to Seahawks fans, but Seattle’s roster is the best in the league — or at least Pro Football Focus thinks so.

PFF used “grading, data and football knowledge” to rank every single roster in the NFL on Thursday and the Seahawks finished at No. 1.

The arguement was that the Seahawks have three “elite” players on the projected starting roster — Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.

Elite players, according to PFF, are considered the very best in the league as they are among the best players at their position.

This is how Pro Football Focus ranked players on every NFL team:

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And this is how every player on the Seahawks starting roster was listed, based on the PFF color-coded player rankings:


According to PFF, only two Seahawks starters are considered below average — James Carpenter and J.R. Sweezy.

Everyone else is at least average and most players are above average.

PFF also defended their decision by saying:

With seven members of the defense either blue-chip elite players or high-quality starters, and the entire starting unit ranking average or better, this is the standard-setting defense in the NFL. 16.7 percent of the offensive starters rank below average, but they are on the offensive line and can be covered elsewhere.

The Seahawks are projected by many to return to the Super Bowl to defend their title this upcoming season. Their biggest competitor in the NFC is expected to be their rival San Francisco 49ers, who had the leagues’ second-best roster according to the rankings.

The two teams will meet twice this season, once on Thanksgiving night at the new Levi’s Stadium, and once two weeks later, on Dec. 14, at CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks have already shown that they are prepared to take on the NFL as one of the most “hunted” teams in the league.

They had a great draft, signed players to replace a few of their offseason needs, and they are excited about how their OTAs are going thus far.

The cherry on top is that, statistically at least, they also have the best roster in the NFL.

On paper, they are ready to go. Now it’s just time to prove it, once again, on the gridiron.

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  • FesterFoot43

    Well, I KNOW they have the best roster in football, but that color coded lollypop thing is all screwed up! Russell Wilson – the guy with more wins than any QB in their first two full seasons as starters – in the history of the NFL, who leads all other QBs in several key stats, is merely a “high quality” starter? Percy Harvin doesn’t get better than a “high quality” mark? Jermaine Kearse is only “average?” Max Unger is one of the best Centers out there and he’s only a “good starter?” Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Brandon Mebane, KJ Wright and Kam Chancellor are not included in the “elite” group? You guys at SI need to fire this stupid cunt, Quesada for brain fartery AND the editor who let this shite get past him.

    • Paddy

      I think some of it comes down to injury history. Harvin his high quality, but he needs to play every week to be labeled elite (all pro). The same goes for Okung and Unger wasn’t really himself last year. Wilson is a high quality in my opinion. This is only going to be his 3rd year in the league, so he still has room to improve. He is definitely top 5-10 at his position, but I don’t think he is on a Rodgers, Brees, P. Manning, Brady level yet. Again, he is still only getting ready for year number 3, so we’ll see how he improves. The one I disagree with on the above list is Chancellor. I’d put him at elite. Kearse is a big play guy and clutch, but his spot on the depth chart along with his youth and not yet cracking 350 reception yards in a season seems like a logical average to me. With that said, WR usually takes time to develop and he’s been showing signs of improvement each week, so his ceiling is probably better than average.

      • Peter Smith

        I agree with Paddy. Chancellor is the biggest question mark to me, as his presence as a SS is undeniably profound. He’s a game changer, which to me equates to “elite”. Harvin is also a game changer, and elite when he is on the field, but yeah, the health concerns are valid. Russell Wilson is also a game changer at QB, but not yet in the way that Peyton, Brees, Rodgers and Brady are/were. His ceiling is still not yet reached, and may not even be reached this next year, so I can handle the lowered ranking. A winning record is whatever… I mean its cool to put next to his name and all, but without our defense being elite, that record would surely be much more pedestrian. It’ll be great to see what he can do with some REAL threats at receiver. Harvin had 17 yards receiving in the regular season last year, so he’s basically still a new player to this team. Except he knows the play book and has many practices under his belt. Add his and PRich’s ~4.3 40 speed on the outside, and let’s see what Russell can do. Those are new weapons, and great weapons. Rice was one of our top three talents at WR last year, when healthy. Now, I’m not even sure he’s in our top five.

        • Peter Smith

          Also, its nice to know they see us as having the best roster, and that doesn’t include any of our newly drafted additions like PRich, Britt, Norwood, Marsh or Pierre-Louis, or UDFA Jackson Jeffcoat, or Tharold Simon and Jesse Williams… all of whom could be impact players this next season. Yet we’re still #1 without all of them. We were deep last year… I argue we’re even deeper this year.

      • FesterFoot43

        I was a little strong-worded, was I not? I admit.

    • ionjohnny

      yeah, i’m a huge hawks fan, but you’re being a complete homer. Russell Wilson isn’t elite. he’s the next level down from it though. and he has the potential to get there. but unless your “elite” tier contains 5 or 6 players… and to me, and PFF, that waters down what the word means, he’s not there. same goes for Percy. Kearse IS only average. and that’s fine for the 3rd or 4th guy at the position. I think he loses his job to RIchardson, honestly. Unger you might make a case for being in the next tier up. and no, those guys on defense you listed are not “elite.” you need to watch some other football games. They’re all really good, and you might be able to make a case for Cam, but that’s why they’re listed the way they are. and, more importantly, they are perfect for this scheme. but stats and scouting will tell you that each has several players in front of them in the league who are better overall. so… totally unnecessary name calling. also, the end result is that they called your team the best in football. why are you complaining?

  • Kyle

    I’m okay with everything except Bobby Wagner being listed as “Good Starter”. He is one of the best young linebackers out there, he is without a doubt at least High Quality. They said Keuchly is elite, but Wagner is every bit as good, just doesn’t come with all the hype.