Re-Drafting the Defensive Backs from the 2010 NFL Draft Using Advanced Analytics

Has Eric Berry held down the top spot, or has Earl Thomas taken it from him?

Every year, come time for the NFL draft, we talk about evaluations, projections, predictions and comparisons. The lead-up is exciting for all those reasons.

But the same can be said for the years following the draft -- that's when we look at a player's development and potential.

Have they performed as expected so far? Do they show signs of being a superstar, or do they look like a wasted pick?

It's not as often that we look back to compare players from the same draft class. How has this running back panned out versus the others in his group? Was it worth moving up in the draft to get them instead of waiting on someone else?

These are things we usually only consider in head-to-head matchups, but we should do it more. Why? Because it's fun and we now have the means (through advanced metrics) by which we can accurately compare one player to another.

The best way to do this is using Pro Football Reference's Approximate Value(AV), a single number representing each player's seasons, allowing us to compare across positions, seasons and eras. In order to evaluate a career, though, naturally we use Career Approximate Value (CarAV), which takes 100% of a player's best season, 95% of his second-best season, 90% of his third-best and so on in order to weight peak seasons over what we may consider "compiler" seasons.

Using this CarAV, we will re-draft a position from a draft class based on the results and value of their careers to-date. This will point out the poor picks, value picks and much more.

Here, we're re-drafting the defensive backs (cornerbacks and safeties) from the 2010 NFL Draft. Where were these noteworthy guys' names called seven years ago?

5Kansas City ChiefsEric BerryTennessee
7Cleveland BrownsJoe HadenFlorida
14Seattle SeahawksEarl ThomasTexas
20Houston TexansKareem JacksonAlabama
27New England PatriotsDevin McCourtyRutgers
32New Orleans SaintsPatrick RobinsonFlorida St.
38Cleveland BrownsT.J. WardOregon
104Tennessee TitansAlterraun VernerUCLA
133Seattle SeahawksKam ChancellorVirginia Tech
163Miami DolphinsReshad JonesGeorgia

How much would things change today? Or would it just be more of the same?