This idea isn't my own. It actually came to me while reading a rather uninspiring analysis on NFL.com (here is the link if you want to read the shallow "expert" analysis).(http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000214402/article/nfl-coach-trade-is-anyone-worth-dealing-a-firstround-pick)
Also, here is a link to a fascinating article about a trade that actually went down a few years ago that involved a coach. One team got a Super Bowl out of the deal; the other got... Well, you'll figure it out. Fascinating. (http://www.sbreport.net/the-raiders-research-project/roster-minutiae/raiders-trades)
Here is the question:
If all current players AND coaches were put into a draft pool right now, where would each one go? Are great coaches worth more, or great quarterbacks?
Here are my thoughts, put in mock form, going in reverse order from this years draft (thus allowing the "best" teams to draft first since they have earned the right):
1. Baltimore Ravens: Bill Belichick
4. NE Patriots: Jim Harbaugh
6. Houston Texans: Sean Payton
7. GB Packers: John Harbaugh
9. Indianapolis Colts: Tom Coughlin
10. Minnesota Vikings: Jeff Fisher
11. Washington: Robert Griffin III
12. Cincinnati Bengals: Matt Ryan
15. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Smith
17. STL Rams: John Fox
20. TB Bucs: JJ Watt
22. SD Chargers: Gary Kubiak
26. Arizons Cardinals: Mike Tomlin
29. Philadelphia Eagles: Andy Reid
30. Oakland Raiders: Marvin Lewis
31. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Thomas
It seems that my take would be that the best coaches are slightly more valuable than the best QBs, but not by much. Of course, once you get past the elite level of both, other positions come into play. One thing that I didn't have a chance to do was to include assistant coaches, although I'm not sure that anyone would take one in the first round of a draft like this. I don't doubt that Roman, Fangio and Tomsula would all go at some point, but I just can't see them being better than any of the elite players/coaches already on the list.
As always, thanks for reading andleaving your thoughts!