Quincy Enunwa: Phenom Wide Receiver Archetype

by Samuel Feldman, September 23, 2016

It seems obvious that the most successful football players will usually be relatively athletic. While being the most athletic player on the field does not guarantee success, it certainly improves the odds that a player will be successful.

The PlayerProfiler Terms Glossary outlines two ways to evaluate how athletic a player is. The first, SPARQx – an approximation of Nike’s SPARQ (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness) rating, is a standardized test for athleticism. SPARQ input factors are 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle, and the power ball throw. Because Nikeʼs SPARQ formula is not public, we compared publicly available SPARQ scores to their related input factors, reverse-engineered an approximation of the SPARQ formula, and then applied the formula to each playerʼs workout metrics. For calculation purposes, power ball throw was converted into bench press so all input factors align with NFL Scouting Combine events.

The second method of evaluating athleticism is the Athleticism Score, which summarizes a player’s workout metrics and normalizes for size. It is derived by aggregating each player’s 40-yard dash, Burst Score, and Agility Score, and then factoring in a relevant measure of player size to ensure that big players receive a premium for speed, quickness and explosiveness. Running backs are afforded a BMI premium, while WRs and TEs are allotted a height and weight premium.

Note: Athleticism Score is a available exclusively via PlayerProfiler’s Data Analysis Tool.

While athleticism is not the be all end all when looking at a player on his own, it can be a very useful tool when it points to an archetype the player falls into. Quincy Enunwa‘s athleticism places him in a prototypical superstar lineage of receivers, so does he measure up to those who he compares to?

Superstar Heritage

Quincy Enunwa

Quincy Enunwa Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

When viewing Quincy Enunwa‘s profile, the first thing that stands out is his best comparable, who is Josh Gordon. Before you go yelling how blasphemous this is, I urge you to take a step back, and understand why this comparison makes sense. Enunwa, like Gordon, is a big bodied wide receiver. Both weigh 225 pounds, while Enunwa stands 6 foot 2 inches tall, Gordon is only one inch taller.

Josh Gordon Advanced Metrics Profile

Josh Gordon Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Furthermore, when looking through this archetype, other receivers in this category include superstars Allen Robinson and Dez Bryant. And now that I have spewed all possible blasphemy, you might as well quit reading this unless you would like to become a Quincy Enunwa truther (get on the bandwagon folks). Both Robinson and Bryant, like Enunwa, are 6 foot 2 inches tall, and both weigh only five pounds less than him. Being a big bodied receiver definitely provides great upside as three superstars are derived right from this mold. Could Enunwa become the fourth?

Digging deeper into athleticism, where Quincy Enunwa has the fastest, 4.45 (78th-percentile) 40-Yard Dash, and most impressive, 116.3 (96th-percentile) Height-adjusted Speed Score of the group, we can see why it is right to compare Enunwa to the aforementioned bunch of superstars. Unfortunately, due to combine injuries, we have an incomplete SPARQ-x Score.

Allen Robinson Advanced Metrics Profile

Allen Robinson Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Additionally, on the production side, Quincy Enunwa has the second highest, 41.7 percent (81st-percentile) College Dominator Rating of the group; only Dez Bryant is ahead of him with an obscene 62.5 percent (99th-percentile) College Dominator Rating. Additionally, his 14.8 (50th-percentile) College YPR was the exact same as Allen Robinson‘s, showing that he can play in the same role as his fellow athletic specimens. His lone negative was his 21.3 (30th-percentile) Breakout Age, which was well behind the others, of whom, Josh Gordon was the latest to breakout posting a 19.4 (80th-percentile) Breakout Age. While college stats only bear predictor status for a short time, these all seem to foreshadow him taking time to breakout in the NFL like he currently is doing.

Enunwa, You Are Clear For Take Off

Although Quincy Enunwa is playing alongside the historically amazing, Brandon Marshall, and fellow great receiver, Eric Decker, who played his best football just last year, he is producing well in his third receiver role.

Eric Decker Advanced Metrics Profile

Eric Decker Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Right now, Quincy Enunwa boasts the eighth best Production Premium (+42.7) and 15th best Target Premium (+40.1 percent). By comparison, Brandon Marshall is 53rd in Production Premium (-24.4), and 62nd in Target Premium (-39.9 percent). This production should be here to stay, as Enunwa has the 44th best Target Share (20.6 percent); Marshall only has the 20th best Target Share (25.0 percent), and Eric Decker only has the 34th ranked Target Share (22.1 percent). The Jets are wisely prioritizing their wide receivers for the passing game.

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Finally, Quincy Enunwa looks like the future successor to Brandon Marshall as the Jets lead receiver. Although Marshall is two inches taller than Enunwa, he only has five pounds on the younger receiver. Although Marshall has a complete SPARQ-X Score, unlike Enunwa, he is not as fast as Enunwa with only a 4.52 (57th percentile) 40-Yard Dash, but his 114.7 (95th percentile) Height-adjusted Speed Score is about equal to Enunwa’s HaSS. Furthermore, like Enunwa, Marshall posted a 42.5 percent (83rd percentile) College Dominator Rating with a late, 21.5 (25th percentile) Breakout Age, and 16.1 (70th percentile) College YPR.

Now is the time to get Quincy Enunwa on all of your dynasty rosters before his price surges any higher, as it rightfully should. Additionally, his production is here to stay for this season, so prepare to use him in your redraft leagues as well.