The Fabulous Forty Offensive Lineman for the 2012 NFL Draft.
By Max Emfinger
There are some outstanding offensive linemen in the 2012 NFL Draft, but although there are some highly rated offensive linemen in this Draft, very few of them put up the incredible measurables that Trent Williams (6-5, 320, 4.81) did in the 2010 Scouting Combine. The former Longview, Texas and Oklahoma Sooner really shocked the NFL Scouts when ran a 4.81 in the forty while weighing 320-pounds. He also did an incredible 36-inch vertical jump and a 4.51 in the pro-shuttle. With these Measurables, Williams was the first player in ten years to record a 2,000 MEARS RATING and he recorded a 2,045 MEARS RATING.
In the 2010 NFL Draft, Trent Williams recorded his 2,045 MEARS RATING and he was the first to reach the 2,000 MEARS RATING. Then in the 2011 NFL Draft, both 2010 Heisman Trophy Cam Newton with a 2,070 MEARS RATING and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, with a 2,048 MEARS RATING got to the 2,000 MEARS RATING plateau. 2011 NFL Draft Mears
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 2,080 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 Offensive Linemen, but some of their overall Measurables were disappointing.
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 Scout or 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 decision we could make on that player. This is the reason that we were so successful in our NFL Draft, because we had probably more information on every player and we were able to make more valid decisions on each player, based on that information.
When I left the 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 will be used by top College and Pro coaches and trainers around the country as an initial indicator of the athletes 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 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 an offensive tackle, for example, has been 6-5 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: Trent Williams ran a 4.81 in the forty and the standard for an offensive lineman is 5.3, so he received the maximum 400 points.
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.
Steven Baker of East Carolina ran a 4.91 and received 390-points for his forty; while Donald Stephenson of Oklahoma ran a 4.94 forty and he received 360-points.
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 an offensive lineman is a 24-inch vertical jump. Each inch over the standard, a player gets 20 points. Trent Williams did an incredible 36-inch Vertical Jump and received 240 points. Donald Stephenson of Oklahoma did a 35.5 Vertical Jump and received 230 points. DE Nick Perry of Southern Cal did a 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 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. Trent Williams did a 4.51 in the Pro-Agility Shuttle and the medium standard for an offensive lineman is a 5.1. The maximum number of points given in this test is 400 points, so Williams got the maximum points in this event.
Offensive Tackles that received the maximum 400-points on their Pro-Shuttle included Matt Kalil, Riley Reiff, Jonathan Martin, Donald Stephenson, Kelechi Osemele, Brandon Mosley, Steven Baker, Jeff Allen, Addison Lawrence, David Gonzales, Nick Mondek, Dan Knapp, and Andrew Datko.
Offensive Guards who received the maximum 400 points in the Pro-Shuttle included David DeCastro, Kevin Zeitler, Brandon Brooks, Brandon Washington, James Brown, Desmond Wynn, Alfred McCullough, Joe Looney, Jeff Allen, Addison Lawrence, Adam Gattis, J.C. Oram, Al Netter, Senio Kelemete, and Josh LeRibeus.
Centers that received the maximum 400 points on their Pro-Shuttle included Peter Konz, Ben Jones, Michael Brewster, Philip Blake, Quentin Saulsberry, and Garth Gerhart.
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 with 20-points for every rep over the medium standard, but a maximum 200-points. The points do not change. Example: David Mock of Michigan and Dan Knapp of Arizona State did 41 reps; while Kelechi Osemele of Iowa State did 36 reps and all three 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 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.”
The Super Sixteen Offensive Tackles for the 2012 NFL Draft.
By Max Emfinger
1. Matt Kalil, 6-7, 306, 4.94, 27, 4.65, 110, 30 reps, Southern Cal – 1,962 MEARS
2. Riley Reiff, 6-6, 313, 5.08, 29.5, 4.75, 98, 26 reps, Iowa – 1,956 MEARS
3. Donald Stephenson, 6-6, 312, 4.94, 35.5, 4.78, 114, 19 reps, OU – 1,944 MEARS
4. Nick Mondek, 6-6, 304, 4.84, 28.5, 4.55, 110, 30 reps, Purdue – 1,938 MEARS
5. Steven Baker, 6-8, 301, 4.91, 32, 110, 4.7, 22 reps, East Carolina – 1,932 MEARS
6. Jonathan Martin, 6-5, 312, 5.27, 30, 4.68, 104, 20 reps, USC – 1,914 MEARS
7. Brandon Mosley, 6-6, 314, 5.08, 27, 4.78, 103, 30 reps, Auburn – 1,913 MEARS
8. Kelechi Osemele, 6-6.5, 333, 5.2, 26.5, 4.97, 104, 36 reps, Iowa St – 1,911 MEARS
9. Dan Knapp, 6-5, 304, 4.98, 28, 4.64, 100, 41 reps , Arizona State – 1,908 MEARS
10. Bobby Massie, 6-6, 316, 5.08, 27.5, 4.95, 103, 22 reps, Miss State – 1,897 MEARS
11. Zebrie Sanders, 6-6, 320, 5.18, 27, 4.99, 100, 28 reps, FSU – 1,840 MEARS
12. Levy Adcock, 6-6, 320, 5.21, 27.5, 4.84, 108, 26 reps Oklahoma St – 1,790 MEARS
13. Dennis Kelly, 6-8, 321, 5.33, 27, 4.91, 104, 30 reps, Purdue – 1,772 MEARS
14. David Gonzales, 6-6, 295, 5.23, 31.5, 4.54, 112, 26 reps, Wash St – 1,770 MEARS
15. Mike Adams, 6-7, 323, 5.24, 28.5, 4.95, 100, 21 reps, Ohio State – 1,756 MEARS
16. Andrew Datko, 6-6, 315, 5,32, 29.5, 4.54, 100, NA, Florida State – 1,756 MEARS
The Super Sixteen Offensive Guards for the 2012 NFL Draft.
By Max Emfinger
1. David DeCastro, 6-5, 316, 5.1, 29.5, 4.56, 98, 34 reps, Stanford – 1,962 MEARS
2. Kevin Zeitler, 6-4, 312, 5.39, 29, 4.61, 101, 20 reps, Wisconsin – 1,944 MEARS
3. Brandon Brooks, 6-5, 346, 4.99, 32, 4.53, 105, 36 reps, Miami (OH) – 1,937 MEARS
4. Brandon Washington, 6-3, 320, 5.1, 25, 4.8, 101, 25 reps, Miami – 1,900 MEARS
5. James Brown, 6-4, 306, 4.97, 27.5, 4.57, 99, 24 reps, Troy – 1,877 MEARS
6. Desmond Wynn, 6-6, 303, 4.92, 32.5, 4.46, 110, 28 reps, Rutgers – 1,866 MEARS
7. Amini Silatolu, 6-4, 311, 5.26, 32, 4.87, 110, 28 reps, MidwesternSt – 1,860 MEARS
8. Alfred McCullough, 6-2, 313, 4.98, 28, 4.69, 104, 22 reps, Alabama – 1,856 MEARS
9. Jeff Allen, 6-4, 307, 5.14, 27.5, 4.79, 102, 26 reps, Illinois – 1,844 MEARS
10. Joe Looney, 6-3, 309, 4.92, 28, 4.69, 105, 26 reps, Wake Forest – 1,843 MEARS
11. Addison Lawrence, 6-4, 306, 5.13, 30, 4.64, 110, 27 reps, Miss St – 1,832 MEARS
12. Ronald Leary, 6-3, 315, 5.36, 2, 4.91, 104, 29 reps, Memphis – 1,820 MEARS
13. Adam Gettis, 6-2, 293, 5.0, 31.5, 4.84, 112, 29 reps, Iowa – 1,800 MEARS
14. Al Netter, 6-4, 312, 5.15, 24, 4.76, 101, 24 reps, Northwestern – 1,779 MEARS
15. Josh Leribeus, 6-3, 312, 5.22, 26, 4.65, 96, 29 reps, SMU – 1,770 MEARS
16. Senio Kelemete, 6-4, 307, 5.22, 25, 4.58, 102, 25 reps, Washington – 1,750 MEARS
The Elite Eight Offensive Centers for the 2012 NFL Draft.
By Max Emfinger
1. Peter Konz, 6-5, 314, 5.04, 28, 4.8, 110, 23 reps, Wisconsin – 1,918 MEARS
2. Ben Jones, 6-3, 303, 5.2, 30.5, 4.74, 105, 29 reps, Georgia – 1,891 MEARS
3. Garth Gerhart, 6-1, 306, 5.24, 30.5, 4.65, 92, 33 reps, Arizona St – 1,872 MEARS
4. David Molk, 6-1, 298, 5.04, 28, 4.8, 110, 41 reps, Michigan – 1,856 MEARS
5. Philip Blake, 6-3, 311, 5.2, 29.5, 4.65, 105, 22 reps, Baylor – 1,837 MEARS
6T. Quentin Saulsberry, 6-2, 304, 5.2, 24.5, 4.76, 98, 26 reps, Miss St – 1,828 MEARS
6T. Mason Cloy, 6-3, 310, 5.02, 28, 4.8, 105, 28 reps, Clemson – 1,828 MEARS
7. Michael Brewster, 6-4, 312, 5.14, 25, 4.6, 96, 29 reps, Ohio State – 1,814 MEARS
8. Gino Gradkowski,6-3, 300, 5.25, 28.5, 4.78, 103, 29 reps, Delaware – 1,800 MEARS