Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 20, 39 days before the NFL Draft.
The five most valuable Redskins of 2015
The website Pro-Football-Reference.com uses a metric called approximate value or AV. The define it as “our attempt to put a single number on each player-season since 1950 so that we can (very approximately) compare across years and across positions.” If you want the nitty-gritty details you can look at their blog post about it.
Here are the five Redskins who had highest AV in 2015.
AV of 13—OT Trent Williams—This one is obvious. Pro Bowl selections don’t always mean much but the fact that Williams was the team’s lone Pro Bowl representative is fitting.
12—QB Kirk Cousins—The Redskins were 11th in passing yardage without a rushing game to speak of for most of the year. That means that when they moved the ball it was Cousins doing it.
9—OT Morgan Moses—When you see a number like this, you have to wonder if the metric is flawed or if perhaps we underappreciated the player. This could be a little bit of both. Moses did have a lot to do with the pass protection that helped Cousins have such a good year. Looking at how AV is calculated it looks like a tackle who started every game is going to get rewarded if the quarterback doesn’t get sacked a lot. Still, I’m not so sure that he was more valuable to the team than Jordan Reed was.
8—OLB Ryan Kerrigan—Finally, a defensive player. That’s fitting, because for the most part the offense carried the team in 2015. It should be noted that just behind him with an AV of 7 were NT Terrance Knighton, OLB Trent Murphy, and DE Chris Baker.
8—TE Jordan Reed—His value seems a little low since he was the key to the offense in the second half and the team leader in all of the major receiving categories. But note that the value is “approximate” so you don’t want to put too fine a line on it.
As noted, three defensive players, Baker, Murphy, and Knighton, came in just outside of the top five with AV's of 7 as did G Brandon Scherff.
If you want to see the AV for the entire roster, go here to pull up the roster with the AV for each player. Click on the column header to sort.
—The Redskins last played a game 70 days ago. It will be about 175 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 20; 2016 NFL draft 39; Redskins training camp starts 130
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