Position Preview - Recap

Lets wrap up the Position Preview Series as the Bears begin Fall Camp. What do the grades mean for the offense and defense and what are some takeaways?

We have looked at every position. Looked them over with care. We started way back on May 1st with the introduction to this series, and pretty much every week had another position. Over 16 articles (including this one), we have graded, reviewed and projected 14 positions. We graded them each over how they projected for the 2014 season, the depth that the Bears currently have, projections for 2015, and also projections for 2017-2019. Finally, we estimated the importance of each position in terms of its role on the team and also how the Bears had recruited that position in the past.

Position Current Grade
(1-10)
Depth Grade
(1-10)
Class Balance
(1-10)
Next Year
(1-10)
3-5 Years
(1-5)
Importance
(1-5)
TOTAL
Special Teams 8 5 4 6 3 1 27
Nickel Back 5 5 8 6 4 3 31
Linebackers 8 6 6 6 2 3 31
Cornerbacks 6 8 7 7 4 4 36
Interior OL 7 8 6 8 3 4 36
Tight End 7 8 8 8 3 2 36
Safeties 7 8 7 8 4 3 37
Tackles 10 8 6 8 2 4 38
Running Back 8 8 5 9 5 4 39
Inside Receiver 9 9 7 8 5 3 41
Defensive Ends 8 10 6 9 3 5 41
Quarterback 10 8 9 7 4 5 43
Outside Receiver 10 8 9 8 5 3 43
Defensive Tackles 9 10 9 10 3 4 45

Overall, the six Baylor defensive positions averaged a 36.83. However, that overall grade was carried by the defensive line, which featured the top overall position in Defensive Tackle, and the 4th best in Defense End. The Nickel Back, Linebacker and Corner Back positions had the lowest grades outside of Special Teams. If you take out the defensive line, the average plummets to 33.75, a drop of over 3 points.

The offense was better balanced, and put on an average of 39.43 across the 7 positions. There was only a gap of 7 points between the lowest positions (Interior Offensive Line and Tight End with 36 each) and the top offensive position (Quarterback and Outside Wide Receiver, both with 43).

There were a handful of “perfect” grades handed out, led by 10s for this year’s Quarterback position, outside receiver position, and tackle position. Those are the three strongest positions on the team right now, led by the Bears best three players; Bryce Petty, Antwan Goodley, and Spencer Drango. Both defensive line positions were given the only 10s for depth, while the defensive tackles were the only position to get a 10 for next year.

Position Current Grade
(1-10)
Depth Grade
(1-10)
Next Year
(1-10)
TOTAL Old Rank New Rank
Special Teams 8 5 6 19 14 13
Nickel Back 5 5 6 16 13 14
Linebackers 8 6 6 20 13 12
Cornerbacks 6 8 7 21 11 11
Interior OL 7 8 8 23 11 8
Tight End 7 8 8 23 11 8
Safeties 7 8 8 23 8 8
Tackles 10 8 8 26 7 3
Running Back 8 8 9 25 6 6
Inside Receiver 9 9 8 26 4 3
Defensive Ends 8 10 9 27 4 2
Quarterback 10 8 7 25 2 6
Outside Receiver 10 8 8 26 2 3
Defensive Tackles 9 10 10 29 1 1

If you want to just look at this year, next year and the depth of each position, the rankings would change quite a bit. Quarterback would move down to a tie for 6th place, while tackle would move up to third. Still, the top position would be defensive tackle.

Overall, the Bears have as much talent as they did last year in their Big 12 championship season. They might not have the experience on defense that the 2013 team featured, but the caliber of athlete that the Bears are bringing in has improved by quite a bit. With a hopefully deeper and more talented team, Baylor hopes to win its second Big 12 Championship.

Full List of Position Previews:

5/1 - Introduction - LINK
5/2 - Special Teams - LINK
5/7 - Nickel Back - LINK
5/14 - Linebacker -LINK
5/21 - Cornerback - LINK
5/28 - Interior OL - LINK
6/4 - Tight Ends - LINK
6/11 - Safeties - LINK
6/18 - Tackles - LINK
6/30 - Running Backs - LINK
7/3 - Inside Receivers - LINK
7/10 - Defensive Ends - LINK
7/17 - Quarterbacks - LINK
7/24 - Outside Receiver - LINK
7/31 - Defensive Tackle - LINK


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