Another NFL combine in the books, and another glorious take party on Twitter. Here is an updated list of RBs after some surprises and disappointments in Indianapolis. For the original list with additional explanation of my process check out the pre-combine RB rankings.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Welcome to my first attempt at formal rookie rankings for the world to see! I have used a mix of metrics that seem to matter based on my research, mock draft projections and a sprinkling of film analysis (done by people better at it than me) to arrive at this list.
I explain why I chose the stats I did in the linked article above. While career yards and dominator rating are solidified, we don’t have verified numbers on some metrics. To rank these RBs pre-combine I had to make some assumptions on the 2 values below.
Height-adjusted speed score (HaSS)
This is a metric that takes into account height, weight and forty time into a single number that can be compared across players. I landed on 92.6 as a cutoff but think of that as a general threshold. I don’t think 92.5 dooms a player who looks good elsewhere.
While official measurements will be taken at the combine I calculated whether I think each player will make that 92.6 cutoff based on listed ht/wt and a forty time of 4.59. The letter “P” means that player will probably hit the threshold and “M” stands for maybe. Since it is a subjective estimation at this point, I have put an asterisk by that metric.Please, blog, may I have some more?