Explosion is an underrated trait in today's NFL. However, it's what the yearly combine exposes the most out of each year's crop of athletes. Khalil Mack had one of the best showings at the combine because of his explosive athleticism.
Now, you might be asking yourself how I've quantified explosion from each player at the combine. And it's honestly quite simple. I take the weight, vertical jump and 10-yard split from a player's 40-yard dash and convert it into a horsepower rating for every player.
Based on 2009-to-2013 results of 1,573 players who registered an explosion score, 0.96 horsepower or higher is elite. Just 27 players had registered a score above the 0.96 level. Just 14 had registered a score of 0.99 horsepower or higher.
While this may seem trivial to worry about, the 14 players in the group I've dubbed the one horsepower club are as follows: DL Glenn Foster, TE Virgil Green, TE Jared Cook, OLB Jamie Collins, EP Michael Johnson, OLB Dontay Moch, EP Nick Perry, OT Donald Stephenson, EP Brian Orakpo, WR/TE Lamont Bryant, EP Connor Barwin, DE Cyril Obiozor, DL J.J. Watt, and TE Jimmy Graham.
There aren't any 2014 players in the one horsepower club based on their combine results. However, three more players were added to the 27 in the elite .96-and-above level. NFL teams should make sure to keep their eyes open with the following 10 guys as they are the most explosive in this year's draft class.
Note: "EP" stands for "Edge Player." These are guys who project to either 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker.