2015 RB-s Prospect Grades (FINAL)

A few additional notes about our RB-s ranking board:

 -- I didn't think I'd like Tevin Coleman as much as I did. I'm biased against RBs under 210-pounds...as overall, all-around useful RBs. I worry Coleman could fall short as well. His speed came in better than expected, and we can only project the rest of his Pro Day/Combine-type measurables because he hasn't recorded anything but the 40-time and bench press on record. His tape is terrific--much better than Melvin Gordon's.

Coleman is an encouraging, but consider him with a 'soft' passing grade based on the fact that not all information we want is available.

-- It's not that we don't like Melvin Gordon, but I'm in no way sold that he is a star. His measurables/speed-agility times do not warrant it. Wisconsin RBs have been overheated in college to the pros, and most all decent RBs crushed the Big-Ten last year. He's not close to being as talented as Todd Gurley.

-- Ameer Abdullah could be a Darren Sproles-type star in the NFL, but he will not be a 250+ carry a season, workhorse on purpose RB in the NFL...not for long.

-- A healthy Malcom Agnew is a 'sleeper' for the NFL--a guy who could walk in and produce immediately. Very polished, son a former NFL quality player and now coach (Ray Agnew). 

*A score of 8.50+ is where we see a stronger correlation of RBs going on to become NFL good/great/elite. A score of 10.00+ is more rarefied air in our system, and indicates a greater probability of becoming an elite NFL RB.

All of the RB ratings are based on a 0–10 scale, but a player can score negative, or above a 10.0 in certain instances.

Overall rating/score = A combination of several on-field performance measures, including refinement for strength of opponents faced, mixed with all the physical measurement metrics – then compared/rated historically within our database and formulas. More of a traditional three-down search – runner, blocker, and receiver.

*RB-Re score = New/testing in 2016. Our new formula/rating that attempts to identify and quantify a prospect's receiving skills even deeper than in our original formulas. RB prospects can now make it/thrive in the NFL strictly based on their receiving skills – it is an individual attribute sought out for the NFL, and no longer dismissed or overlooked. Our rating combines a study of their receiving numbers in college in relation to their offense and opponents, as well as profiling size-speed-agility along with hand-size measurables, etc.

*RB-Ru score = New/testing in 2016. Our new formula/rating that attempts to classify and quantify a RB prospect's ability strictly as a runner of the ball. Our rating combines a study of their rushing numbers in college in relation to their offense and strength of opponents, as well as profiling size-speed-agility along with various size measurables, etc.

Raw Speed Metric = A combination of several speed and size measurements from the NFL Combine, judged along with physical size profile, and then compared/rated historically within our database and scouting formulas. This is a rating strictly for RBs of a similar/bigger size profile.

Agility Metric = A combination of several speed and agility measurements from the NFL Combine, judged along with physical size profile, and then compared/rated historically within our database and scouting formulas. This is a rating strictly for RBs of a similar/bigger size profile.

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2015 RB-s Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Date:
April 24, 2015

A few additional notes about our RB-s ranking board:

 -- I didn't think I'd like Tevin Coleman as much as I did. I'm biased against RBs under 210-pounds...as overall, all-around useful RBs. I worry Coleman could fall short as well. His speed came in better than expected, and we can only project the rest of his Pro Day/Combine-type measurables because he hasn't recorded anything but the 40-time and bench press on record. His tape is terrific--much better than Melvin Gordon's.

Coleman is an encouraging, but consider him with a 'soft' passing grade based on the fact that not all information we want is available.

-- It's not that we don't like Melvin Gordon, but I'm in no way sold that he is a star. His measurables/speed-agility times do not warrant it. Wisconsin RBs have been overheated in college to the pros, and most all decent RBs crushed the Big-Ten last year. He's not close to being as talented as Todd Gurley.

-- Ameer Abdullah could be a Darren Sproles-type star in the NFL, but he will not be a 250+ carry a season, workhorse on purpose RB in the NFL...not for long.

-- A healthy Malcom Agnew is a 'sleeper' for the NFL--a guy who could walk in and produce immediately. Very polished, son a former NFL quality player and now coach (Ray Agnew). 

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A few additional notes about our RB-s ranking board:

 -- I didn't think I'd like Tevin Coleman as much as I did. I'm biased against RBs under 210-pounds...as overall, all-around useful RBs. I worry Coleman could fall short as well. His speed came in better than expected, and we can only project the rest of his Pro Day/Combine-type measurables because he hasn't recorded anything but the 40-time and bench press on record. His tape is terrific--much better than Melvin Gordon's.

Coleman is an encouraging, but consider him with a 'soft' passing grade based on the fact that not all information we want is available.

-- It's not that we don't like Melvin Gordon, but I'm in no way sold that he is a star. His measurables/speed-agility times do not warrant it. Wisconsin RBs have been overheated in college to the pros, and most all decent RBs crushed the Big-Ten last year. He's not close to being as talented as Todd Gurley.

-- Ameer Abdullah could be a Darren Sproles-type star in the NFL, but he will not be a 250+ carry a season, workhorse on purpose RB in the NFL...not for long.

-- A healthy Malcom Agnew is a 'sleeper' for the NFL--a guy who could walk in and produce immediately. Very polished, son a former NFL quality player and now coach (Ray Agnew). 

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R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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