The Evaluating Football Athletes series illustrates the physical attributes competent evaluators should be looking to feed into their development process. It’s also a caution to focus on what players CAN BE. Film can be self-evident – it doesn’t take many clips of Adrian Peterson or Shaun Rogers in high school to understand what you’re seeing – but they’re exceptional athletes with floors already higher at age 18 than most athlete’s ceilings at age 25. That’s why you recruit them.
Let’s wrap up the metrics that we began discussing in Part III.
Time to discuss high school SPARQ and NFL combine testing tools and metrics. Both evals share the 40, short shuttle and vertical, but the NFL combine adds the 3 cone and broad jump and employs the bench press in lieu of the football SPARQ’s powerball toss.
Why have athletes run around in their shorts and take a battery of tests to assess their ability to play football in pads? Doesn’t the game itself select for the attributes we want? Watch film. You’ll know who is fast, strong, quick, violent and tough. Then just take the best players.
There a number of physical, mental and skill-based traits that go into evaluating athletes. The art is far from exact.
If you’re a recruitnik, this discussion is the red pill that will enrich your understanding in assessing high school prospects.
Every year we see former state of Texas high school athletes that weren’t considered high school blue chips (defined as 4 or 5 star recruits) going high in the NFL draft. The 2018 draft will be no different. Of course, it’s a number game – while 4 or 5 star recruits are far more likely to be drafted high as a percentage (995% more likely to go in the 1st round, in fact) than the unranked, 2, or 3 stars, the sheer absolute numbers of the latter category mean that the bulk of NFL rosters are filled out by those players.
Some big picture thoughts on the 2018 men in the fold…
In my preview, I thought I was pretty dialed into how it would go down, but even with my trick play/big play predictions, I didn’t anticipate the dominant level of offensive coaching and execution for both teams. Folks will armchair QB the postgame, but I saw two excellent, well-coached teams playing their asses off. I wish the announcing matched the effort on the field. Cris Collinsworth laid an ostrich egg through his balloon knot. He was an ear beating of endless bad opinions.
Scipio Tex evaluates the options at slot receiver for the 2018 Texas Longhorns.
Scipio Tex provides his thoughts on the recent defensive line recruiting developments, the Philadelphia Eagles’ matchup with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52, and UFC 220’s Miocic vs. Ngannou bout.