This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.
Having a cheat sheet makes draft day easier, but there are definitely times when we have players listed in nearly identical spots on our draft boards. Then, when it's time to make the actual pick, we look at our list and have second thoughts. Been there? I thought so — I've been there plenty as well. To try and lower some draft-day stress, this will be part one of a two-part series in which we'll use projected win totals to help break ties in player evaluation on draft day.
This week, we'll look at both the defensive backs and pass rushers. Typically, teams that are among the best in the league are likely to either be playing with many leads and possibly in their share of shootouts. When these situations occur, the defensive backs certainly will have extra opportunities to pile up tackles while also increasing probability for interceptions. Similarly, when opponents are forced to go pass-heavy, this increases opportunities to rush the passer. So, let's look at the teams that Vegas has projected as the best in the league.
It'll come as no surprise to anyone that the Patriots are favored to win the most games (11) in the league in 2019. Although their current roster configuration is starting to look like that of a team that's about to lean on the run, head coach Bill Belichick has a keen understanding of pushing the pace and running a lot of plays to wear down the defense. So regardless of