Skill Position Draft Reviews Part 4

This fourth entry in the 2024 skill position draft reviews will present a mix of WRs and RBs in rough descending order of efficiency (per position group). Given the uneven number of WRs and RBs studied, parts 4 and 5 of this series will examine the remaining studied players from both position groups (as well as a couple TEs), while part 6 will group all the players into tiers and give a holistic look at the overall class. These part 4 reviews are therefore not ranked or tiered in this portion, merely loosely grouped together in roughly descending order– some players from this portion will rank above or below players reviewed in parts 2-5 of the overall series.

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2024 Skill Position Draft Review Part 3: QBs

In 2021, a new method for analyzing QBs was established, wherein areas of full efficiency became the sole guiding factor (you can read the post introducing these methods here). Since then, this method has been successful in the negative– ruling out long term starting success for QBs who failed to show any areas of full thoracic efficiency. However it has also led to false positives, where QBs with one or more areas of full thoracic efficiency were thereby predicted to find long term starting success and failed to do so.

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2024 Skill Position Draft Review Part 2

This first set of post draft reviews will examine the second tier of WRs, roughly in the order they were ranked pre-draft. Ricky Pearsall and Ja’Lynn Polk, being unexpected risers (at least to these methods) will be profiled in the next set of WR reviews. Tier ranks will be established in the final postings after all the reviews have been completed and uploaded. So while the below reviews are posted in rough descending order of efficiency, final tiers/ ranks are yet to come

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2023 Skill Position Updates

Although methods in these areas have improved substantially over the past few years, lateral anterior and (to a lesser extent) medial posterior orientations have previously suffered from less reliable analytical methods. Fortunately, this summer has seen methodological breakthroughs in lateral anterior areas and medial posterior lumbar areas. As a result (and with higher quality NFL all 22 preseason film now available) the following profiles have been updated/ corrected

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2023 Skill Position Draft Review Part 2

The following part 2 of this series examines the remaining studied WRs and RBs from the 2023 draft. In general, players in this section were examined less than those in part 1. In order to build so many profiles, prioritization has to be given to players that provide the most promising early impressions. And when players show seemingly disqualifying traits early in the process (such as Jalin Hyatt and Chase Brown who both show underdeveloped/ stunted posterior areas) those profiles get shunted off to the side and given less time for profile building and testing (or in the cases of Hyatt and Brown, don’t get revisited at all). Which doesn’t necessarily suggest they will bust. Simply that the only way to build full profiles for promising but obscure players like Puka Nacua is to prioritize study by biomechanical efficiency (based on early impressions) rather than consensus projections.

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2023 Skill Position Draft Review: Part 1

The following is the first part the 2023 NFL skill position draft review, examining Anthony Richardson and the top rated RBs and WRs (the ones who were studied most closely for exceptional biomechanical traits). Where applicable, NFL scheme will be considered as part of their probability of finding NFL success

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Anthony Richardson: the Most Interesting Player of the 2023 NFL Draft

For the first biomechanical review of the 2023 offseason (and therefore the first review since methods have advanced over the past several months), it seems appropriate to present arguably the most interesting/ polarizing prospect of the 2023 draft. Anthony Richardson (6’4” ~230 lbs QB from Florida) shows some of the most potentially powerful tools of any recent QB studied in this space, but in such an unfinished state as to be genuinely still in their raw assembly phase.

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