Meet the Most Physically Gifted Prospects of the 2014 Draft

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Meet the Most Physically Gifted Prospects of the 2014 Draft
Associated Press
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In order to make it this far, NFL draft prospects have to be among an elite crop of athletes. But when it comes to physical tools, not all NFL hopefuls are built equal. 

The NFL requires a diverse arsenal of weapons in order to thrive.

At this level, on the biggest stage, 25 prospects dreaming of NFL glory have emerged as the most physically gifted of this year's draft class.

Rating physical gifts requires much more than a fast 40 time. It requires quickness, agility and speed in all directions relative to body weight. Strength and explosion are also factored into the overall score. 

Height, arm length and hand size are also factored in as well.  

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 is graded numerically on a scale between 1-10. The score is then averaged out for the "Comprehensive Measurables Grade."

Note: Running backs were not graded on height or arm length considering these elements factor very little in their success on a football field. Hand size, however, was factored in. All other positions are graded equally across the board. To see the complete list visit

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