The Dandy Dozen Defensive Tackles For The 2012 NFL Draft!
By Max Emfinger
The Defensive Tackle crop for the 2012 NFL Draft was outstanding and they were led by about six, seven, or eight players that could be Drafted in the First Round of the NFL Draft. Those six or seven included Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State; Michael Brockers of LSU; Mike Martin of Michigan; Dontari Poe of Memphis; Brandon Thompson of Clemson; Kendall Reyes of Connecticut; Markus Kuhn of North Carolina State; and Jaye Howard of Florida.
In the 2010 NFL Draft, Lamarr Houston recorded a 2,000 MEARS RATING and he was the first defensive tackle to reach the 2,000 MEARS RATING. Then in the 2011 NFL Draft, four players got to the 2,000 MEARS RATING plateau. Those four players included, 2010 Heisman Trophy Cam Newton with a 2,070 MEARS RATING; Washington quarterback Jake Locker with a 2,057 MEARS RATING: LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, with a 2,048 MEARS RATING; and Texas A&M LB Von Miller, who recorded a 2,012 MEARS RATING.
In the 2012 NFL Draft, there are currently five players who have reached the 2,000 MEARS RATING, including 2011 Heisman Trophy QB Robert Griffin with an incredible 2,226 MEARS; DE Nick Perry with a 2,110 MEARS; CB Josh Robinson with a 2,013 MEARS; MLB Luke Kuechly with a 2,009 MEARS; and QB Andrew Luck with a 2,008 MEARS.
There were a few great forties and some great pro-shuttles for the defensive linemen, and most of their overall measurables were impressive.
Development of the
MEARS ASSET RATING SYSTEM
By Max Emfinger
Whether you are a college football coach and you only have one scholarship left to give in your current recruiting class or you are an NFL team and you only have one Draft Choice left in your current NFL Draft, there needs to be a rating system that you can go to and based on the highest rated player, would give you the very best player available regardless of position.
When I was with the Dallas Cowboys, we thought that the more information that we had on a player, the more accurate accessment we could make on that player. This is the reason that the Dallas Cowboys were so successful in their NFL Draft, because they had probably more information on every player and they were able to make more valid decisions on each player, based on that information.
When I left the Dallas Cowboys in 1976, I developed a similar rating system that was used with the Cowboys, but I shelved my RATING SYSTEM until 2001.
So in 2001, when NIKE developed a similar rating system and called it The SPARQ RATING SYSTEM, I decided to bring back my RATING SYSTEM and I called it the MAX EMFINGER ASSET RATING SYSTEM or MEARS RATING.
ASSET stands for Agility, Strength, Stamina, Explosiveness, and Technique. These are the essential tools for a superior athletic performance in any competitive event. This new MEARS RATING SYSTEM identifies overall athletic ability and the MEARS INDEX RATING or a similar system is used by top College and Pro Scouts, Coaches and Trainers around the country as an initial indicator of the athletic potential of an athlete on the football field.
Before I brought my original MEARS RATING SYSTEM back, I decided that it needed a little tweaking and so I called one of my friends: The Legendary and long-time strength- coach genius, Boyd Epley. Before Coach Epley was hired by Legendary Cornhuskers Head Coach and athletic director Bob Devaney in September 1969; the strength and conditioning on a football team was really non-existent.
For years, strength and conditioning had existed largely as an underground movement at a handful of schools like a Knights Templar-esque Secret Society. Coach Epley changed all of that and he is still considered to be the Father of the new Strength and Training methods that we now use today. Coach Epley was the one person that I wanted to help me with my tweak. In 1978, Coach Epley formed the National Strength and Conditioning Association and he is still the Director.
“Max, we have got to set a standard for each position for every set of measurable testing at a Super Combine,” said Coach Epley and then we worked on a set of standards for each position. “The standard for a defensive tackle, for example, has been 6-3 and 275 for twenty years and although the players are getting bigger, stronger, and faster, we don’t need to keep changing the medium standard, said Epley, “but our ratings will continue to go higher as the players will achieve to get bigger, stronger, and faster.”
This Formula is based on each individual position and is based on a MEDIUM STANDARD for that position for every test or measurable in a Super Combine. So each position has a standard for each test and measurable. A player will get plus points for every tenth of a second over the position standard, but a maximum of 400 points. Example: Lamarr Houston, of Texas, who played in our 2006 All-American Bowl Game Classic, ran a 4.84 in the forty and the standard for an defensive lineman is 5.2, so he received 360 points in the forty.
Forty-Yard Dash – The Forty-yard dash (40) is a test of raw speed, stamina, and explosiveness. It is a test of pure speed from Point A to Point B. Technique is also very important. This is a very good test of measure for all skill players who may have to run 40-yards in a football game, but it is important to be able to run the medium for your position. You get 10-points for every .10 under the medium standard with a maximum 400 points.
Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State and Kendall Reyes of U-Conn ran a 4.79 in the forty and they both received the maximum 400 points in the forty.
Vertical Jump – The Vertical Jump (VJ) is a test of leg explosiveness, power, and quickness. Technique is also very important in this test. This test is a good measurable for wide receivers, cornerbacks, and safeties. The standard for a defensive lineman is a 24-inch Vertical Jump. Each inch over the standard, a player gets 20 points. In the 2010 NFL Draft, Lamarr Houston did a 34-inch Vertical Jump and received 200 points. Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska did a 35.5 and received 230 points in the Vertical Jump.
In the 2012 NFL Draft, Mike Martin of Michigan did a 33.5 and got 190 points, while Kendall Reyes and Markus Kuhn did a 34.5 and received 210 points. Kheeton Randle did a 34-inch vertical jump and received 200 points. Super Canadian Freak, Akiem Hicks did a 32-inch Vertical Jump and got 160 points. OT Donald Stephenson of Oklahoma did a 35.5 Vertical Jump and received 230 points, while DE Nick Perry of Southern Cal did an incredible 38.5-inch Vertical Jump and he received 290 points.
The standard for a cornerback is a 28-inch Vertical Jump and Josh Robinson of Central Florida did a 38.5-inch Vertical Jump and he received 210 points for his Vertical Jump; while Ron Brooks of LSU did a 38-inch Vertical Jump and received 200-points. Super Athlete and All-Purpose Back Marcus Mendoza of Nebraska did an incredible 45.5-inch Vertical Jump and he received 350-points.
Pro-Agility Shuttle – The Pro-Agility Shuttle (SH) is a test of agility, speed, lateral quickness, change of direction, and overall body coordination. Technique is also very important in this test. An athlete should be able to do this test in about two tenths of a second faster than he can run a forty-yard dash. Lamarr Houston did a 4.71 in the Pro-Agility Shuttle and the medium standard for a defensive lineman is a 5.1. The maximum number of points given in this test is 400 points, so Houston got 400 points in this event.
Jaye Howard of Florida ran a very impressive 4.47 in the Pro-Shuttle and Fletcher Cox also did a 4.53 and both received the maximum 400 points; while Dontari Poe of Memphis did a 4.56; Mike Martin did a 4.25; Jerel Worthy of Michigan State did a 4.56; Devon Still of Penn State did a 4.65; Marcus Forston of Miami did a 4.61; Derek Wolfe of Cincinnati did a 4.44; Hebron Fangupo of BYU ran a 4.62; Brett Roy of Nevada ran a 4.42; Tony Jerod-Eddie of Texas A&M ran a 4.54; and Markus Kuhn ran a 4.41 and they all received the maximum 400 points. Howard played in our 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic.
Standing Broad Jump – The Standing Broad Jump (SBJ) is a test that is similar to the Vertical Jump in that it measures how far you can jump instead of how high. It is also similar to the long jump in track, except the player will not get a running start, but rather jump from a standing position. It measures explosion, power, quickness, and lower body strength. This test is a great measure for running backs, linemen, tight ends, and linebackers.
Bench Press – The Bench Press (BP) is a test of pure strength and stamina. The test measures how many bench press reps a high school or college athlete can do of 185 pounds or 225-pounds. Technique is also very important. This test is a good measure for every player on the football field although quarterbacks, wide receivers and cornerbacks do not need to excel in this event. College and pro athletes use 225 pounds on the bench press instead of 185 pounds. The medium standard is 24 reps for all offensive and defensive linemen with 20-points for every rep over the medium standard, but a maximum 200-points. The points do not change. Example: Dontari Poe of Memphis did 44 reps; Brandon Thompson of Clemson did 36 reps; Mike Martin did 36 reps; Kendall Reyes did 36 reps; Marcus Forston did 35 reps; and Hebron Fangupo did 36 reps and they all received the maximum 200 points.
Technique – Technique is also very important in every single event, especially in the running events. The Pro-Agility Shuttle and Standing Broad Jump is all technique. Getting a bad start in the other running events can make the difference in a great timing or a poor timing.
Although the SPARQ System became popular, it still had some flaws, because the SPARQ RATING SYSTEM was not originally based on a player’s position, but not his weight.
If the system is not based on the position of the player, then how are you going to decide who the best player is at each position? If the RATING SYSTEM is based on the player position, then you will know how a player relates to his position.
If you have only one Draft Choice or one scholarship left, the MEARS RATING will give you the highest rated player regardless of his position. To get this MEARS RATING, more information, including HT, WT, 40, VJ, Pro-Shuttle, SBJ, and 185-pound BP reps for high school players and 225-pound BP reps for college players are put into the formula and all of this is based upon the standard for his position. “You really don’t need the three cone drill, because it is not needed if you use the Pro-Agility Shuttle with the others,” said Coach Boyd Epley.
“Quarterbacks and kickers are always going to be hard to measure, because they either do not go to Super Combines or they do extremely poor at the Combine,” said Coach Epley. So these two positions must be evaluated very carefully on film or in person and then their rating is going to be estimated. Max, you will learn how to evaluate them and give them an honest rating.”
One thing that I discovered in 2011, is that the College Players are getting so big and fast, I started rating the Defensive Ends that weigh over 275 pounds with the Defensive Tackles, because they could play either position. In some cases, I would average the two MEARS RATINGS to get their best MEARS RATING.
In 2008, when DE Fletcher Cox (6-4, 240, 4.5) had just finished his junior season in high school at Yazoo City, Mississippi, he came to our 2008 All-American Bowl Game Super Combine and was the Super Combine Freak of the Super Combine when he ran a 4.5 in the forty and did a 4.36 in the Pro-Shuttle. Cox weighed 240-pounds at The Super Combine when he ran the 4.5.
Then in 2011, while playing for Mississippi State, Cox (6-4, 298, 4.79) blocked a field goal in the 2nd quarter of a game and it was the play of the game. He destroyed the left guard to block the 5th kick of his career, in what might be his statement play to NFL Scouts. It was a huge momentum shift as State scored a touchdown two plays later.
Then in the eighth game of the 2011 season, against Kentucky, Cox recorded a career-best seven tackles; including 3.5 tackles for loss; and a pair of quarterback sacks in the 28-16 victory over The Wildcats. In the first quarter alone, Cox was credited with four tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks as the Bulldogs’ defense held Kentucky to a total of 12-yards on their final two possessions of the quarter. His first tackle for a loss came on second-and-1, pushing Kentucky back and forcing a punt on the first possession. Cox then posted back-to-back sacks to force another Kentucky punt. Cox had some defensive teammates that were outstanding in FS Charles Mitchell (2008 AABG) recorded 11 tackles, including 7 solo tackles; MLB Brandon Maye (2007 AABG) recorded 6 tackles; and CB Johnathan Banks (Jim Thorpe Award Candidate) recorded 6 tackles, including 4 solo tackles and a quarterback sack. Banks is in the 2013 NFL Draft.
In the eighth game of the season, the LSU Defense was led by OLB Barkevious Mingo who was pretty outstanding in the 45-10 win over Auburn as he recorded four tackles, including two solo tackle that were both quarterback sacks for a minus 21-yards. Mingo also had quarterback hurry as he led a defense that registered six sacks and ten tackles for losses against Auburn. SS Eric Reid and FS Craig Loston led the Tigers with seven tackles apiece. DE Sam Montgomery recorded six tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss of minus 15-yards; LB Ryan Baker who recorded six tackles, including a tackle for a one-yard loss; FS Derrick Bryant recorded five tackles, including a sack for a minus seven-yards; while DT Michael Brockers (6-6, 322, 4.97) recorded four tackles, including two tackles for a loss of two-yards. CB Ron Brooks (5-10, 190, 4.37) got a chance to start in this game and responded with four tackles; forced a fumble; and had a pass interceptions that he ran 28-yards for a touchdown to end the third quarter scoring. Mingo is in the 2013 NFL Draft.
In the fifth game of the 2011 season, the Clemson Defense was outstanding as DE Andre Branch, LB Jonathan Willard, and DT Brandon Thompson (6-2, 314, 4.9)were pretty sensational as they led the Clemson Defense that dominated a Virginia Tech Hokies team and kept them from scoring a touchdown on their own Stadium Turf. This defensive performance really stood out even to the great Clemson offensive players. “Those defensive guys were just waiting for the opportunity to show what they could do and shut down an offense team with big players,” said Super Tight End Dwayne Allen, who is our #3 Tight End. “We’ve learned a little from each win. Last week in the Florida State game, we learned that the defense could be dominant when we needed them to be.”
In that game, Branch, who is our #6 Ranked Defensive End led this great defensive effort with 11 tackles, including 6 solo and three quarterback sacks. “Andre Branch was a man on a mission,” Head Coach Dabo Swinney said after the game. Willard was equally impressive as he recorded 9 tackles, including seven “First-Hits” and had ½ quarterback sack. Thompson recorded 6 tackles, including a ½ quarterback sack.
Also in that game, Clemson (5-0, 2-0 ACC) became the first ACC team to beat ranked opponents three weeks in a row, and ended the Hokies 12-game winning streak in ACC play. “It’s the ‘Shock the World Tour’ for the Clemson Tigers,” said Coach Dabo Swinney.
The Dandy Dozen Defensive Tackles For The 2012 NFL Draft!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
1. Fletcher Cox, 6-4, 298, 4.79, 26, 103, 4.53, 31 reps, Miss State – 1,991 MEARS
2T. Michael Brockers, 6-6, 322, 4.97, 32, 4.78, 105, 25 reps, LSU – 1,987 MEARS
2T. Mike Martin, 6-1, 306, 4.88, 33.5, 4.25, 113, 36 reps, Michigan – 1,987 MEARS
3T. Dontari Poe, 6-4, 346, 4.98, 29.5, 4.56, 105, 44 reps, Memphis – 1,985 MEARS
3T. Brandon Thompson, 6-2, 314, 4.9, 31, 4.71, 115, 36 reps,Clemson – 1,985 MEARS
4. Kendall Reyes, 6-4, 299, 4.79, 34.5, 4.53, 113, 36 reps, Connecticut – 1,983 MEARS
5. Markus Kuhn, 6-5, 299, 4.89, 34.5, 4.41, 112, 28 reps, NC State – 1,968 MEARS
6. Jaye Howard, 6-3, 301, 4.82, 27.5, 4.47, 106, 24 reps, Florida – 1,952 MEARS
7. Kheeton Randle, 6-4, 299, 4.79, 34.5, 4.53, 113, 36 reps, Texas – 1,949 MEARS
8. Devon Still, 6-5, 303, 4.92, 29.5, 4.65, 110, 26 reps, Penn State – 1,936 MEARS
9. Jerel Worthy, 6-2, 308, 4.92, 28.5, 4.56, 110, 28 reps, Mich State – 1,926 MEARS
10. Akiem Hicks, 6-5, 324, 5.09, 32, 4.86, 110, 27 reps, Regina – 1,918 MEARS
11T. Brett Roy, 6-3, 275, 4.8, 30.5, 4.42, 110, 32 reps, Nevada – 1,890 MEARS
11T. Marcus Forston, 6-1, 301, 4.98, 28, 4.61, 105, 35 reps, Miami – 1,890 MEARS
12T. Tony Jerod-Eddie, 6-4, 305, 5.05, 27, 4.54, 103, 29 reps, A&M – 1,845 MEARS
12T. Hebron Fangupo, 6-1, 323, 5.18, 31.5, 4.62, 99, 36 reps, BYU – 1,841 MEARS
2012 NFL ELITE EIGHTEEN AT 2012 NFL SUPER COMBINE
# PLAYER COL HT WT 40 VJ SH SBJ REP MEARS NFL
#1 QB Robert Griffin III BAY 6-2 223 4.38 40 4.09 122 20 2,226 MEARS #1 Redskins
#2 DE Nick Perry USC 6-3 271 4.64 38.5 4.66 124 35 2,076 MEARS #1 Packers
#3 MLB Luke Kuechly BC 6-3 242 4.49 38 4.12 123 27 2,009 MEARS #1 Panthers
#4 QB Andrew Luck STAN 6-4 234 4.67 36 4.28 124 – 2,008 MEARS #1 Colts
#5 WR Greg Childs ARK 6-3 219 4.39 40.5 4.09 127 19 2,003 MEARS #4 Vikings
#5 CB Josh Robinson UCF 5-10 199 4.33 38.5 3.97 133 17 2,003 MEARS #3 Vikings
#6 DE Bruce Irvin WVA 6-3 245 4.50 33.5 4.03 123 23 1,995 MEARS #1 Seahawks
#7 LB Bobby Wagner UT-ST 6-0 241 4.46 39.5 4.28 132 24 1,992 MEARS #2 Seahawks
#8 DT Fletcher Cox MSU 6-4 298 4.70 26 4.53 108 28 1,991 MEARS #1 Eagles
#9 DE Quinton Coples UNC 6-6.5 284 4.67 32 4.78 109 25 1,988 MEARS #1 Jets
#10 DT Michael Brockers LSU 6-6 322 4.97 32 4.81 195 25 1,987 MEARS #1 Rams
#10 NG Mike Martin MICH 6-1 306 4.88 33.5 4.25 113 36 1,987 MEARS #1 Titans
#12 DT Kendall Reyes CONN 6-4 299 4.89 34.5 4.53 113 36 1,983 MEARS #2 Chargers
#13 TE Coby Fleener STAN 6-6 249 4.48 37 4.30 116 27 1,978 MEARS #2 Colts
#14 OT Matt Kalil USC 6-7 306 4.94 28 4.65 105 30 1,967 MEARS #1 Vikings
#15 CB Stephon Gilmore SCAR 6-1 193 4.32 37 3.94 123 16 1,961 MEARS #1 Bills
#16 LB Mychal Kendricks CAL 5-11 240 4.47 39.5 4.14 127 24 1,955 MEARS #2 Eagles
#17 DE Mel Ingram SCAR 6-2.5 264 4.66 34.5 4.16 116 28 1,953 MEARS #1 Chargers
#18 RB David Wilson VAT 5-10 206 4.40 41 4.12 132 – 1,952 MEARS #1 Giants