Author: MathBomb

TE RAS Table

TE #RAS from 1987-present, so many elite athletes, is your favorite among them?

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WR RAS Table

WR #RAS from 1987-present, A pair of Johnsons near the top but many other great outliers

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RB RAS Table

RB #RAS from 1987-present, Justin Fargas leads 4 of the top 5 as having been 1k rushers

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QB RAS Table

QB #RAS from 1987-present, Cam Newton is top dog, but where does your favorite QB rank?

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Does athleticism correlate to NFL success for running backs?

Last Updated 8/17/2019 The 2017 NFL Combine¬†showcased the elite athleticism of Christian McCaffrey, who would go on to be drafted 8th overall by the Carolina Panthers. McCaffrey wasn’t the only top flight athlete present, as new Indianapolis Colts draftee Marlon Mack and Packers late round pick Aaron Jones also put on a show. The general […]

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Relative Athletic Scores directly correlate to sack production in the NFL

Last Updated 8/17/19 Putting player athleticism on an easy to understand scale is one thing, but finding out if it correlates to NFL success is another entirely. Relative Athletic Scores were created to allow fans to look at a player’s athleticism and gauge at a glance how those measurements compared to others who have played […]

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Rating the Athleticism of the 2017 Draft Class

We’ve already reviewed the relative athleticism of the 2017 draft class, but it’s time we take a look at how the 32 NFL teams valued athleticism and how they ranked against one another. Some teams value athleticism more than others, and if we know which teams do well we can start to build out trends […]

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2017 NFL Draft Class

The 2017 NFL draft brought us such athletes as Myles Garrett, who pushed past Mario Williams and Kyle Vanden Bosch in the DE rankings for RAS, and Marshon Lattimore who took over the 10.00 spot for CBs dating back to 1987. As athlete heavy as it was, it’s no surprise that almost every player in […]

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Does general athleticism lead to high draft selection?

Last Updated 2/23/2020 It’s a general understanding that the better athletes get drafted higher for the NFL. So when asked if it leads to high draft selection, even the most dedicated of ‘tape first’ scouts would tell you the answer to that basic question in the affirmative and with the current volume of accessible information […]

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2014 NFL Draft Class

The 2014 NFL Draft class is considered by many to be one of the best in recent memory. Jadeveon Clowney kicked off what ended up being one of the most athletic first rounds in all of NFL history. Taylor Lewan took the top spot all time among OT with a 10.00 while elite prospects like […]

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2015 NFL Draft Class

The 2015 class saw such elite athletes as Marcus Mariota (9.94), Vic Beasley (9.87), and Leonard Williams (8.99) go early, with each finding some early success. Others like Marcus Peters and Melvin Gordon measured well and found success both as rookies and going forward. PlayerName Pos Year 2018 RAS 2015 RAS Eric Rowe CB 2015 […]

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2016 NFL Draft Class

The 2016 NFL Draft was loaded with such elite athletes as Joey Bosa (8.92), Ezekiel Elliott (8.66), and Jalen Ramsey (9.83), and that was just in the top 5. Each found a level of success commensurate with their draft position and athletic ability in their rookie campaign. They weren’t the only ones, as many would […]

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WR Measurements Table

One of the most populated positions in the draft is wide receiver. It’s no secret why, everyone wants to be the guy getting all the touchdowns and it’s a passing league in college as well as the pros. Calvin Johnson took his spot at the top of this position in terms of athletic ability and […]

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TE Measurements Table

More than any other position, tight end has shown a strong correlation between success in the NFL and good measurements. In fact, no first round pick at tight end has measured below average for RAS and only a small handful of pro bowlers has. Guys like Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, and of course Rob Gronkowski […]

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SS Measurements Table

Strong Safety is one of those positions that you expect would be very closely tied to athletic measurements. Much in the same way that free safety is not, however, there doesn’t appear to be a correlation based on the data I have and this position. At least not a strong correlation. Player Name Pos Year […]

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RB Measurements Table

Running back is a position that has some of the biggest outliers. The Falcons and Patriots face off in the Super Bowl with two starting RBs who measured below average in RAS. As a general rule, however, it tends to have some correlation to success. Thousand yard rushers like Adrian Peterson, LaDainain Tomlinson, and Chris […]

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QB Measurements Table

Cam Newton is easily the gold standard for QB athleticism, and RAS is just another metric that backs that up. Guys like Andrew Luck and Carson Wentz don’t get their athleticism talked up enough on the other end of that spectrum. As it is, though, relative athleticism using any of our existing metrics simply doesn’t […]

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OT Measurements Table

Offensive tackle was one that stood out immediately during my studies as one that required a great deal of athleticism. Very few offensive tackles who did not measure above average have done well in the NFL and the majority of those that have found success are those who measured far above the average OT prospect. […]

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OG Measurements Table

Guard is a position I didn’t expect to be very dependent on measurements. As it turned out, it was one of the most heavily dependent positions, and while you can never judge if a player is going to be successful if they do not measure up this is a position you can generally tell when […]

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OC Measurements Table

Center is a position that I haven’t been able to show any consistent trends with RAS and success in the NFL. Travis Frederick and Rodney Hudson for instance measured below 2.00 out of 10.00, while Jason Kelce and Alex Mack measured well above average. Still, depending on the type of offense you run it can […]

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LB Measurements Table

With over 700 players entered, the linebacker position is one of the most populous in our database. We will eventually be working towards providing a split between pass rushing linebackers (Edge) and off ball linebackers, but for now this is the entirety of combine and pro day data for linebackers from 1999 to 2017. If […]

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FS Measurements Table

The safety position, both free and strong, are positions where there isn’t a clear correlation between strong measurements and NFL success. I know, it sounds the exact opposite of intuitive. Especially since all you ever hear about is how athletic and rangy safety prospects are. It’s funny, but prior to running the pro day data, […]

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DT Measurements Table

There weren’t as many outliers from defensive tackle and most of the players who found significant success in the NFL already rated above average. There were a few whose pro day data pushed them over the hump, but more notable was the differences between players Combine and Pro Day scores. More than any position I’ve […]

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DE Measurements Table

When I started this project, I had already identified certain trends with players whose relative athleticism rated on the higher end finding success at a higher rate. As with any metric, though, there are outliers and it’s the first place people point to when evaluating a metric. Outliers are fine, they prove rather than disprove […]

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CB Measurements Table

A one stop shop for all measurements for cornerbacks including Combine and Pro Day data from 1999-2017.¬†Right now it’s just one giant table, it will be eventually sortable, filterable, all that happy jazz. For reference, player RAS is included. This table also includes the player’s RAS and their PDRAS, so you can see by comparison […]

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Relative Athletic Score Tables

I’ve been working on RAS for several years now. The ultimate goal is to provide a place where you can look up measurements for NFL players and draft prospects and compare them to their peers in a number of different ways. One such method is using the scores I’ve developed. Up until this point, I’ve […]

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OC RAS Table

Below is a table containing the entire RAS database for offensive centers, ordered from the highest RAS of 10.00, former Baltimore Ravens 2006 2nd round pick Chris Chester, through the very lowest. Center hasn’t been shown to have the same correlation to NFL success and athletic measurements as the other offensive line positions, suggesting that […]

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OG RAS Table

It’s crazy to think that Brandon Broooks and Evan Mathis played on the same offensive line. Hall of famer Steve Hutchinson posted an elite score in his day, and joins a long list of elite athletes who have found success in the NFL. Guard was a position I didn’t expect to have much of a […]

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OT RAS Table

It probably won’t surprise anyone that highly touted players like Taylor Lewan, Joe Staley, and Robert Gallery once held the prestigious 10.00 RAS (Lewan still holds it), but would you have guessed former 7th rounder Lydon Murtha rates as high? Hall of famer Jonathan Ogden of course rates highly, as does future hall of famers […]

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TE RAS Table

No position has seen more evolution in the NFL over the past three decades than tight end, and it’s very clear when looking at the draft year RAS of players like Tony Gonzalez. So many players were elite in their day, but wouldn’t stack up against the athletic freaks that come out of college nowadays. […]

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