Something that I always go back to when Im reading comments about players is. . who really is the most dominant player on the field physically? To me this is much more fun to debate than who had more career yards or who had the most TD's in games where someone got nut shotted.
Other factors to consider when comparing the above: Size and Job Difficulty
This is how I see each position breakdown and please correct me if you think Im missing something here.
QB - The QB to me is a guy whos talented first and foremost but not necessarily the strongest or fastest. Panther's fan might lean in voting this direction because of Cam but the truth is that Cam is the rarest commodity in the game.
LT - The giants of the field, strong as an ox but still somehow more nimble than he looks. Always striving to be in perfect balance or creating space for others.
DE - The DE seems to be the most agile big man. He has been put on the field to do one thing, create havoc. Raw strength at its quickest and wiliest.
S - Speed at its strongest. Blazing fast and yet still strong enough to lay whompings and dole out pain. Kinetic Energy = mv^2 , high speed chunks of mass are devastating. Agile enough to fight in the air and strong enough to lay out a RB. Uses his vision to read both the offense and how the defense is reacting in order to compensate when critical.
RB - Arguably the most famous position in football even though he's not under center. Every physical tool is a weapon. Strength, speed, wiiiide of vision and narrow of purpose. Getting yards or man handling his assignment are his only real concerns. Running over or embarrassingly around anyone who challenges them.
LB - Often mentioned by players as being the most "chiseled" specimens. A blend of 50% speed 50% strength. . .and 50% beast. Flying through gaps, shedding blocks and humiliating RB's while being able to jump and defend passes in the air even against wideouts. The LB is also reading a very large portion of the offense as its being executed.
WR - Grace, speed, and vision. Rarely does he seek to deal damage to anyone larger than a safety. Usually straying away from contact with the larger guys but strong enough to bully corners. A receivers' vision is his most under appreciated. He has to be able to track the largest chunks of the field next to the QB and the S, on par with a LB.
CB - The speediest meanest little bastard on the field. What they lack in size in the WR matchup they make up for in any other physical way. Reflexes have to be razor sharp to read and react to the fastest players on the field. They accelerate the fastest and are typically the ceiling for speed on any given team. Required to make hits in today's NFL so guys like Prime Time dont really have jobs anymore.
DT - Strength at its quickest and most violent. Can mow through blocks or eat space like its a delicious feast for a king. He is still agile enough to break through the offensive line when not respected in that capacity.
DE, no other position demands as much in terms of combining strength, agility, speed, and God-given advantages like height.
You've got to overpower an NFL Offensive Linemen, then sprint to the QB, and try to bring down some of these guys who are boulders like Roethlisberger, or track athletes like RG III. Every single play for them sounds like a ridiculous drill for everyone else.
I have to agree with DE. That is also why I believe going D-line is so important to Gett. It is important to keep them fresh. Is that because they are the most winded? Not IMO. It is because they need to use speed and strength on every play, every single down. Constantly going high motor and constantly trying to knock around the biggest ppl in the league, or run around them. Some are even asked to drop back in coverage, which requires another set of athleticism.
Haha! The best way to look at the question would be to consider who NEEDS the most athleticism to play his position. Like mentioned earlier Cam has a lot, but doesn't NEED it to play that position. Look at Manning/Brady. Doesnt mean that a QB doesnt have more than a DE.