Champ Bailey earned a Pro Bowl last season and earned the top ranking by you on Mile High Report, but how did the rest of the team rank? (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
So last week we had possible the most indepth poll Mile High Report has ever seen. I had you grade each player on the roster on a variety of topics ranging from consistency to speed. We got a ton of responses, and I'm thankful for those who put the time in to answer our questions.
Today we'll be reviewing that poll and discussing a few interesting things that stood out to me. Shouldn't be anything to deep here, but some fun things I found about some answered the poll questions.
Short introduction, I know, but why waste time?
So I won't go too much into each question that was asked, you can check out the numbers from that by clicking on the link above and looking at the poll. Instead I'll combine all the responses for each player and compile it into one score. Now for those who didn't vote, we graded players on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. We covered every position besides quarterback because we all know how the grading there would work out. Let's look at an introductory table looking at the positions:
Table 1: Summery
|Position||Average Ranking||Best Rank||Worst Rank||Deviation|
|Cornerback||3.55||4.46 (Bailey)||2.95 (Thompson)||0.563|
|Offensive Line||3.48||3.95 (Kuper)||2.97 (Walton)||0.444|
|Wide Receiver||3.47||3.60 (Decker)||3.19 (Caldwell)||0.195|
|Linebacker||3.20||3.76 (Miller)||2.64 (Irving)||0.451|
|Defensive End||3.11||3.89 (Dumervil)||2.52 (Beal)||0.547|
|Running Back||3.07||3.37 (McGahee)||2.62 (Ball)||0.353|
|Defensive Tackle||2.99||3.15 (Wolfe)||2.83 (Vickerson)||0.127|
|Tight End||2.95||3.32 (Dreessen)||2.54 (Thomas)||0.378|
|Safety||2.95||3.34 (Adams)||2.53 (Moore)||0.368|
From this table we can see, and sort, a few things:
- Ranking of each position
- Their top and bottom performance
- The deviation, or how far apart were the players (Defensive tackle ranked higher than tight end, but since TE had a higher deviation, they weren't all as bad)
Fun things to note:
- Andre Caldwell is the top ranked "worst" player at his position while Jeremy Beal is the worst.
- Derek Wolfe is the worst ranked "best" player while Champ Bailey was the best.
- Cornerback had the highest deviation since Champ was the best ranked player so it's hard to for the rest of the group to keep up.
- Defensive tackle was the lowest deviation, and begin so low on the list lends itself to seeming that the whole squad is below average whereas with a tight end or safety, two positions which have solid players bu also have some bad players.
Table 2 and 3: Top and Bottom 5 Players
|Top 5 Players||Ranking||Position|
|Bottom 5 Players||Ranking||Position|
Pretty simple table, though Kuper being so high is surprising. One other thing is the 2011 draft class sure doesn't rank too well currently, the 2012 season may change that.
Tables 4 and 5: Most and Fewest
Pretty simple as well, this will just list which players had the most or fewest of a score. So we can see which player had the fewest 1 votes or see which player had the most 3's.
|Name||% of Total Votes||Position||Rank|
|Most 1's||Julius Thomas||19.4%||TE||2.54|
|Most 2's||Lance Ball||40.2%||RB||2.62|
|Most 3's||Jason Hunter||59.7%||DE||2.86|
|Most 4's||Eric Decker||55.0%||WR||3.60|
|Most 5's||Champ Bailey||73.2%||CB||4.46|
|Name||% of Total Votes||Position||Rank|
|Least 1's||Chris Harris
|Least 2's||Champ Bailey||1.0%||CB||4.46|
|Least 3's||Champ Bailey||4.5%||CB||4.46|
|Least 4's||Jeremy Beal||2.5%||DE||2.52|
Champ Bailey was a boss, owning the best category of Most 5's and two of the best "worst" category by having the Fewest 2'd and 3's. David Bruton, while having a decent rank, got zero 5 votes. Jason Hunter the perfect average player, with 59.7% of his votes coming in at 3.
Table 6: Player Ranks
This last table is pretty much everything that has been compiled and compressed for spaces sake.
|Willis McGahee||Running Back||3.34|
|Knowshon Moreno||Running Back||2.97|
|Ronnie Hillman||Running Back||3.37|
|Lance Ball||Running Back||2.62|
|Demaryius Thomas||Wide Receiver||3.52|
|Eric Decker||Wide Receiver||3.60|
|Andre Caldwell||Wide Receiver||3.17|
|Brandon Stokley||Wide Receiver||3.56|
|Joel Dreessen||Tight End||3.32|
|Jacob Tamme||Tight End||3.21|
|Julius Thomas||Tight End||2.54|
|Virgil Green||Tight End||2.74|
|Ryan Clady||Offensive Lineman||3.90|
|Zane Beadles||Offensive Lineman||3.14|
|J.D. Walton||Offensive Lineman||2.97|
|Chris Kuper||Offensive Lineman||3.95|
|Orlando Franklin||Offensive Lineman||3.45|
|Derek Wolfe||Defensive Tackle||3.15|
|Justin Bannan||Defensive Tackle||3.03|
|Kevin Vickerson||Defensive Tackle||2.83|
|Ty Warren||Defensive Tackle||2.96|
|Elvis Dumervil||Defensive End||3.89|
|Robert Ayers||Defensive End||3.32|
|Jason Hunter||Defensive End||2.86|
|Malik Jackson||Defensive End||2.73|
|Jeremy Beal||Defensive End||2.52|
There's a lot here, but it will be interesting to see how Mile High Reports rankings play out this season, thanks for those who voted. Overall, the Broncos look like a good team, should make for an exciting season.