Finding the superior athlete: SPARQ linebackers in the 2019 NFL Draft

In previous posts (on facet rushers and protective tackles) we checked out a metric known as SPARQ, which is a single range designed to summarize a participant’s athleticism. The wide variety is calculated with a proprietary formula that incorporates player weight, bench press, huge leap, vertical bounce, 40-yard sprint, 10-backyard split, quick travel and 3-cone drill (info right here).

In the one’s posts, we mixed SPARQ with a metric for the college production to peer which draft possibilities would grow to be the maximum productive AND maximum athletic. Today, we’re turning our attention to linebackers and the metric we’ll be the usage of to degree their university manufacturing is known as “Production Points.”

“Production Points” is a metric that looks at the available linebacker stats and weights them with a point machine as follows.

I wrote about production points extensively in a put up months in the past, so I’m simply going to duplicate/paste from that submit:

 SPARQ linebacker

Once we’ve tallied all of the factors for a given participant, we’ll divide the entire using the wide variety of university video games played. Generally, what you want is a participant with a Production Points scores above thirteen, which has been common of the linebacker draft instructions over a previous couple of years.

A rating of 15 or more is a sturdy indicator of very excessive college productivity, and doubtlessly future NFL fulfilment. Just for reference, Sean Lee had 15.7 Production Points in his remaining two complete college seasons, Rolando McClain had 13.8, Anthony Hitchens had thirteen. Four, Jaylon Smith had 13. Three, and Leighton Vander Esch had sixteen.9 in his three hundred and sixty-five days as a university starter.

As common, the mandatory caveat that applies to any stat-based totally assessment: There are a large number of things that determine how well a prospect will do inside the NFL. College production is just considered one of them.

The pinnacle gamers inside the table above have remarkably excessive production factors over their last college years (and in LVE’s case, one year of university). But not every a success NFL linebacker necessarily had prolific college production, just as no longer every prolific college linebacker turned into success inside the NFL.


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