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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
NFC South position rankings on the way

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

In large part because we’re facing two more weeks of meaningless preseason games, the dates for roster cuts aren’t quite here and our official season-preview package doesn’t start rolling out until next week, I’ve decided this is the perfect time to begin our NFC South position rankings.

I’ll start it a bit later this afternoon and I’ve decided to begin with defense because I want some more time to decide if I should rank Josh Freeman and Matt Moore ahead of Drew Brees. No, seriously, I just randomly decided to begin with defense and I’m going to start with cornerbacks.

We’ll roll out a position or two a day and you’re certainly welcome to agree or disagree with my rankings. That’s what the comments section and the mailbag are for.

Just so you know where I’m coming from, these rankings aren’t going to be based entirely on a player's entire career. They’re going to be based on where the player is at in his career right now and what I project from him this coming season. I won't rank every player currently on a roster, but I will go into backups at some positions.

I don’t pretend to be a scout and I don’t sit around and break down film. My opinions are my opinions, but they’re based largely on talking to front-office people, scouts, coaches and players. I use my own eyes too and try to weigh in factors like people from teams talking up their own guys.

Anyway, I just wanted to give you a heads-up that this feature is starting. I’ve got the cornerbacks post written and will give our editors a little chance to jazz it up with a photo or two. Look for it later this afternoon.