Draft Science 2016 Pt 1, #PFSMockDraft2 podcast
April is ‘Draft Science 2016’ month and we start it off on the podcast.
Analyzing the physiological traits is imperative in the pre-draft evaluation process. Old scouts have thresholds they look for in performance testing as well as on film. That eye-test has experience behind it, but there is more to analyzing how an a athlete will move on the field in a live contest. Nothing can replace film, but athletic metrics give scientific insight that can help build winning rosters.
Draft Science - Athletic Matrix Analysis
The athletic matrix addresses the evaluation from a functional football approach. a number of matrices are position specific, but four central matrices define each position. We go over the offensive line analysis. The visuals for the podcast are below, but here is an extra.
Power matrix vs SAQ matrix (short area quickness) - Image at right
These two matrices give a grade on the functional power and functional short are quickness of a given athlete; linemen in this case. These are physical capabilities that tie into how well the athlete can fit a scheme role. Ranked by SAQm, the top of the list has attributes well suited for the west coast offense and zone blocking scheme.
Just two of the pertinent evaluation metrics, the PAm and SAQm give insight into abilities these prospects may not have been able to display on film. further visuals are below for reference to the podcast.
Mock Draft #2
The ProFootballSpot.com analysts held the second of three live mock drafts leading up to the main event in April. Our own Director of Draft content, Chris Licata joins us to run down the 1st round results.
The final Live Mock Draft will be held in the days prior to the draft.
The height of the offseason is drawing near. The draft countdown is on.
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Ryan Tracy is a Featured Analyst and Founder of Rogue Analytics Consulting
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