Have you ever wondered who would be the fastest prospects in the draft if everyone was the same weight? Well, NFL teams definitely value the answer to this question.
We should all know by now there's a lot more to a football player than his measurables. Game tape should still be the primary factor when evaluating a prospect, but this basic metric is an unquestionably valuable piece of the puzzle. This scoring system gives us a clear and objective look at how well each player carries his weight. It can clue you in about the type of shape a prospect is in or what type of athlete he is in general.
With this system, all positions and body types become equal. The bigger guys finally have a chance to compete on an even playing field in regards to speed.
And we're not just talking about straight ahead speed either.
The formula used to determine the pound-for-pound fastest prospects in the draft includes their ability to run laterally (short shuttle), change-of-direction speed (3-cone drill) and finally, their top-end speed (40-yard dash). The combination of all three aspects of a prospect's speed and quickness is referred to as their "Dynamic Speed" throughout the slideshow.
The Dynamic Speed numbers are then inserted into an equation that factors in a player's weight. This produces the "Dynamic Speed/Weight Score." An average score should be somewhere in the 50s while anything in the 60s is considered top of their class.
One of the more interesting elements to this class of future rookies is the athleticism at the offensive line position. In the 2012 crop, not a single offensive lineman cracked the top 30. Matt Kalil had the best score for an offensive lineman, a 59.77.
So who tops the list and wears the crown of pound-for-pound fastest prospect in this year's class?
The results just might surprise you.
Not every draft eligible prospect was included in the Dynamic Speed/Weight Score due to a lack of completed times by some prospects. Only those who were timed the categories mentioned above and invited to the NFL Combine were included.