John Ross: The Fastest Man in Football

John Ross’ prospect profile has one red flag: Age. Ross needed all four years of college to come back from a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus in both knees, and he is heading for surgery before the NFL Draft. These injuries cost him all of 2015 and partially explain his late breakout.

Much like another speedster, Will Fuller, shot up draft boards after the NFL Scouting Combine in 2016, Ross is on the short list to be selected as the first wide receiver in April’s NFL Draft after his dominant showing at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Curtis Samuel: A Compact Hybrid with Horsepower

Curtis Samuel is the only player from Ohio State with more than 1,000 career yards in both rushing and receiving yards. As a hybrid player for the Buckeyes, Samuel has seen time playing running back, slot receiver, and kick returner.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Samuel blazed a 99th percentile time in the 40-Yard Dash. Curtis Samuel is a fast receiver with extreme versatility. Samuel’s advanced stats and metrics profile looks like a successful NFL wide receiver.


Carlos Henderson: The NFL’s Next YAC Monster

Carlos Henderson is an explosive talent who churns yards after the catch that will translate well based on his advanced stats and metrics NFL Draft profile.

From Randall Cobb to to Jarvis Landry to Golden Tate, the NFL’s annual YAC per target leaders overcome a lack of lateral quickness with exceptional tackle breaking capability. Can Carlos Henderson become the NFL’s next YAC monster in order to overcome an underwhelming 9.87 Catch Radius (23rd-percentile)?


James Conner: More Than A Feel Good Story

As a true bell cow back, James Conner won the 2014 ACC Player of the Year awards, beating out players such as Jameis Winston, Duke Johnson, and Jamison Crowder. An MCL tear and Hodgkins Lymphoma diagnosis derailed Conner’s 2015 season.

James Conner roared back in 2016 and his advanced stats and metrics profile suggests Conner is a two-down grinder in the NFL but could blossom into a fantasy football workhorse back.


Joe Mixon: The Top Talent in the NFL Draft

While Joe Mixon’s 24.7-percent College Dominator Rating only places him in the 42nd percentile, keep in mind that he was second on the team in carries next to Samaje Perine. Mixon still gained 214 more rushing yards than Perine in 2016, and was far and away the better receiving back.

Joe Mixon’s advanced stats & metrics NFL Draft profile shows that he has more upside in fantasy football than any running back in the 2017 NFL Draft class.


Zay Jones: The Ultimate Athletic Compiler

In his sophomore and junior seasons, Jones posted nearly 400 receptions after securing 158 passes for 1,746 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season.

At pass-happy East Carolina, Zay Jones became the all-time FBS receptions leader, but his advanced stats & metrics profile features foreboding red flags.


Mike Williams: The Ultimate “All Sizzle, No Steak” NFL Draft Prospect

As a sophomore, Williams emerged from the shadow of the aforementioned Watkins to record a team-high 1,030 yards. During his final year at Clemson, Williams tied for fifth in the nation with 98 receptions.

Despite impressive counting stats as a cog in the prolific Clemson offense, Mike Williams displayed underwhelming athleticism at the NFL Scouting Combine and his Clemson pro day.


DeShone Kizer: Project-able Signal Caller

The NFL Scouting Industrial Complex has no problem with taking chances on youth at the quarterback position, Kiser’s prototypical frame and age-adjusted college production place him in the discussion with the top quarterbacks in the 2017 class.

Despite lacking elite college production, Kizer possesses traits beyond his advanced stats and metrics NFL Draft player profile coveted by scouts.


NFL Draft Skill Position Prospect Preview – Part 2

Last time, we took a film-plus-metrics look at the the top dogs in the 2017 draft class, complete with several locked-in first rounders. This time around, we’ll go a bit deeper, examining some of the late risers and lesser known prospects that are guaranteed to make a splash in the upcoming season.

KD Cannon is a home run hitter with the ball in his hands, capable of accelerating past defenders or just juking them into oblivion. Cannon backed up his speed at the NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.41 (91st-percentile) 40-yard dash time, one of the highest marks of all wideout prospects


Christian McCaffrey: Solar-powered Satellite Back

McCaffrey posted monster numbers in his sophomore season in 2015, rushing for 2,019 yards and 8 touchdowns, while tacking on 45 receptions for 645 yards and 5 touchdowns and finishing 2nd in the Heisman voting.

After posting a 10.79 (96th-percentile) Agility Score and displaying excellent hands and even spending time in the passing drills with the wide receivers, McCaffrey showed NFL scouts that he’s ready for the next level and has cemented himself as a top-5 pick in dynasty rookie drafts.