When it comes to talent evaluations, there's absolutely no substitute for watching a prospect play football. This should always remain the top priority for any GM looking to build a team that can win.
Some of the better players to ever play the game would never have made it on a list such as this. But nevertheless, factoring in a prospect's physical tools and every measurable feature has its place.
Using a simple quantitative numeric grading scale that grades nearly every physical attribute of a prospect, I was able to generate a single grade value intended to represent an overall measurables grade. Below you will see a description of what each category represents:
Dynamic Speed (DSA): Often times, people put too much emphasis on a player's 40-yard dash when it is only one of three times recorded. DSA equals the combined average of a prospect's 40-yard dash, short shuttle and three-cone drills. This allows for a better comparison of the straight-ahead, lateral and change-of-direction speed of any given prospect.
Dynamic Explosion (DET): This is a simple formula that takes the prospect's combined number of bench reps, vertical jump and broad jump and adds them together for a single number. This gives a more complete gauge of the prospect's explosive capabilities of both his upper and lower body.
Dynamic Speed Average with weight factored in (DSA/Weight): This is based off a formula that takes into account the prospect's weight and the average of all three speed times to produce a number that reflects a player's speed relative to his weight. The goal is to put prospects of various weight groups on a level playing field when determining speed. This also represents the measure that considers a player's weight, which as we know, is important in football.
All three of these elements are then added to a prospect's height and arm length, where each are graded numerically on a scale between 1-10. The score is then averaged out for the "Total Measurables Grade."
Note: Running backs were not graded on height or arm length as these elements factor very little in their success on a football field. This does, however, give RBs a slight advantage in overall scoring.
Only players who had complete data were considered for this list.
To see the complete list and further explanations, click here.