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.
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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:
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.