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DE RAS Table

View the entire #RAS Defensive End table from 1987-present! Advertisements

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OC RAS Table

OC #RAS from 1987-present, a shaky correlation with success, but if you like them athletic…

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OG RAS Table

OG #RAS from 1987-present, with the top two spots held by guys who played for the same team

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OT RAS Table

OT #RAS from 1987-present, including several hall of fame worthy elite athletes like Jon Ogden

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TE RAS Table

TE #RAS from 1987-present, so many elite athletes, is your favorite among them?

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WR RAS Table

WR #RAS from 1987-present, A pair of Johnsons near the top but many other great outliers

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RB RAS Table

RB #RAS from 1987-present, Justin Fargas leads 4 of the top 5 as having been 1k rushers

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QB RAS Table

QB #RAS from 1987-present, Cam Newton is top dog, but where does your favorite QB rank?

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Does athleticism correlate to NFL success for running backs?

Last Updated 8/17/2019 The 2017 NFL Combine¬†showcased the elite athleticism of Christian McCaffrey, who would go on to be drafted 8th overall by the Carolina Panthers. McCaffrey wasn’t the only top flight athlete present, as new Indianapolis Colts draftee Marlon Mack and Packers late round pick Aaron Jones also put on a show. The general […]

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Relative Athletic Scores directly correlate to sack production in the NFL

Last Updated 8/17/19 Putting player athleticism on an easy to understand scale is one thing, but finding out if it correlates to NFL success is another entirely. Relative Athletic Scores were created to allow fans to look at a player’s athleticism and gauge at a glance how those measurements compared to others who have played […]

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2017 NFL Draft Class

The 2017 NFL draft brought us such athletes as Myles Garrett, who pushed past Mario Williams and Kyle Vanden Bosch in the DE rankings for RAS, and Marshon Lattimore who took over the 10.00 spot for CBs dating back to 1987. As athlete heavy as it was, it’s no surprise that almost every player in […]

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Does general athleticism lead to high draft selection?

Last Updated 2/23/2020 It’s a general understanding that the better athletes get drafted higher for the NFL. So when asked if it leads to high draft selection, even the most dedicated of ‘tape first’ scouts would tell you the answer to that basic question in the affirmative and with the current volume of accessible information […]

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2007 NFL Draft Class

Some of the greatest players in NFL history were drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, including the phenom himself, Calvin Johnson. The current leader for WRs actually has the highest base average (which is used to calculate RAS) of any player at any position by a sizable margin. Also in this draft were future hall […]

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2008 NFL Draft Class

Jake and Chris Long, both elite athletes, were taken first and second in the 2008 draft. Also taken was noted workout warrior Vernon Gholston, who really did measure as well as everyone remembers. This draft also saw five RBs taken in the first round, with all but one being elite athletes by RAS. PlayerName Pos […]

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2009 NFL Draft Class

The 2009 draft class was an odd one. While elite athletes tend to dominate not just the first round, but the first half of it, the 2009 draft class saw six of the top selections with a Relative Athletic Score under 5.00. 3rd overall pick Tyson Jackson is out of the NFL. Andre Smith, Robert […]

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2010 NFL Draft Class

Before Aaron Donald, there was Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy. The duo posted elite measurements in the 2010 draft class while Sam Bradford, who went 1st overall, didn’t measure due to injury. They weren’t alone, as Trent Williams, Eric Berry, and even Timmy Tebow measured elite athletically among their peers. PlayerName Pos Year 2018 RAS […]

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2011 NFL Draft Clas

The reigning king of RAS for quarterbacks, Cam Newton set some unrealistic expectations for any big, athletic QB coming into the league who might try to compare themselves to him. He was followed by Von Miller, whose 9.95 Relative Athletic Score nearly topped the over 1,000 linebackers in the database. PlayerName Pos Year 2018 RAS […]

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2012 NFL Draft Class

The 2012 class gave us Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, both of whom came out as elite athletically since 1999. Luke Kuechly nearly broke 10.00 while pass rushers like Nick Perry, Whitney Mercilus, and Chandler Jones all measured out great among their peers. PlayerName Pos Year 2018 RAS 2012 RAS Devin Goda FB 2012 […]

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2013 NFL Draft Class

A year that started off with two elite talents at offensive tackle, the 2013 class saw incredible athletes like Eric Fisher, Dion Jordan, Lane Johnson, and Ezekiel Ansah all go off the board early. A lot of raw talent was selected early in this draft, and panned out with mixed results. PlayerName Pos Year 2018 […]

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2014 NFL Draft Class

The 2014 NFL Draft class is considered by many to be one of the best in recent memory. Jadeveon Clowney kicked off what ended up being one of the most athletic first rounds in all of NFL history. Taylor Lewan took the top spot all time among OT with a 10.00 while elite prospects like […]

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2015 NFL Draft Class

The 2015 class saw such elite athletes as Marcus Mariota (9.94), Vic Beasley (9.87), and Leonard Williams (8.99) go early, with each finding some early success. Others like Marcus Peters and Melvin Gordon measured well and found success both as rookies and going forward. PlayerName Pos Year 2018 RAS 2015 RAS Eric Rowe CB 2015 […]

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2016 NFL Draft Class

The 2016 NFL Draft was loaded with such elite athletes as Joey Bosa (8.92), Ezekiel Elliott (8.66), and Jalen Ramsey (9.83), and that was just in the top 5. Each found a level of success commensurate with their draft position and athletic ability in their rookie campaign. They weren’t the only ones, as many would […]

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WR Measurements Table

One of the most populated positions in the draft is wide receiver. It’s no secret why, everyone wants to be the guy getting all the touchdowns and it’s a passing league in college as well as the pros. Calvin Johnson took his spot at the top of this position in terms of athletic ability and […]

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TE Measurements Table

More than any other position, tight end has shown a strong correlation between success in the NFL and good measurements. In fact, no first round pick at tight end has measured below average for RAS and only a small handful of pro bowlers has. Guys like Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, and of course Rob Gronkowski […]

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SS Measurements Table

Strong Safety is one of those positions that you expect would be very closely tied to athletic measurements. Much in the same way that free safety is not, however, there doesn’t appear to be a correlation based on the data I have and this position. At least not a strong correlation. Player Name Pos Year […]

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RB Measurements Table

Running back is a position that has some of the biggest outliers. The Falcons and Patriots face off in the Super Bowl with two starting RBs who measured below average in RAS. As a general rule, however, it tends to have some correlation to success. Thousand yard rushers like Adrian Peterson, LaDainain Tomlinson, and Chris […]

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QB Measurements Table

Cam Newton is easily the gold standard for QB athleticism, and RAS is just another metric that backs that up. Guys like Andrew Luck and Carson Wentz don’t get their athleticism talked up enough on the other end of that spectrum. As it is, though, relative athleticism using any of our existing metrics simply doesn’t […]

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OT Measurements Table

Offensive tackle was one that stood out immediately during my studies as one that required a great deal of athleticism. Very few offensive tackles who did not measure above average have done well in the NFL and the majority of those that have found success are those who measured far above the average OT prospect. […]

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FS Measurements Table

The safety position, both free and strong, are positions where there isn’t a clear correlation between strong measurements and NFL success. I know, it sounds the exact opposite of intuitive. Especially since all you ever hear about is how athletic and rangy safety prospects are. It’s funny, but prior to running the pro day data, […]

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DT Measurements Table

There weren’t as many outliers from defensive tackle and most of the players who found significant success in the NFL already rated above average. There were a few whose pro day data pushed them over the hump, but more notable was the differences between players Combine and Pro Day scores. More than any position I’ve […]

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