As NFL training camps around the league get underway, it brings us that much closer to the highly-anticipated preseason action, where the league's brightest young stars embrace their first opportunities to prove their mettle and justify the millions of dollars invested in them.
But then there's the other guys, those who hang onto lifelong NFL hopes by the thinnest of threads. As undrafted free agents, the preseason is often their only chance to prove the experts wrong by showing everyone they belong amongst the biggest, strongest, most athletic men in the entire world.
And as we are well aware, experts hate to be proven wrong, so it should come as no surprise that these young, unproven kids will be climbing a slippery mountain in attempts to defy the odds.
I personally scouted over 220 prospects from the 2012 NFL draft class using a unique system which factors in and grades every component that I deem valuable towards predicting a player's potential and value as an NFL athlete.
In order to do this, I numerically graded a series of categories including tape study, college production, character, reputation, injury history and a Dynamic Measurement Ranking (DMR) system, which factors in every testable physical tool a prospect brings to the table.
This system considers everything from a player's height, weight, arm length, 40 time, short shuttle, 3-cone, bench press, vertical jump, long jump and speed-to-weight ratio; it then combines these components into a single DMR grade generalizable for any position. For further explanation on the DMR grade, click here.
With those grades taken into account, these five guys should have more than a fighting chance to make a big splash in the NFL.