MEARS RATINGS of Lestini Group Offensive Free Agents At Super Combine. By Super Scout Max Emfinger

Quarterback Lee Chapple made some very impressive throws on Sunday in One-on-One Competition and he looks like he is ready to continue playing Professional Football!

   MEARS RATINGS of Offensive Free Agents At Lestini Group Certified Sports Management Super Combine!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger

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January 22, 2014 UPDATE

The MEARS RATING SYSTEM or a similar type Rating System is very important for the NFL Scouts, and the NFL Scouting Combine is the first time that “Accurate Numbers” are recorded on these NFL Players. It’s easy to say someone can run a 4.4 or a 4.3 in the Forty, but before an Accurate Hand-Held Timing by a Professional Scout or either by a slower, but Accurate Laser Timing is done, most Forty times are less than Accurate. Technique is also very important and that is why College Football Players entering the NFL Draft will hire a Sports Trainer to train and teach them how to do a Vertical Jump, Pro-Agility Shuttle, or a Standing Broad Jump.

You can get a very good idea about a High School Football Player if he participates in a Legitimate Super Football Combine, but many High School Football Players do not get a chance to participate in Super Combines. If a High School Football Player is being recruited by 40 D-1 Schools, then you have to assume that he is an outstanding Football Player, but how can you give this player a MEARS RATING if he does not have Valid Measurables? The answer is Very Simple! You either have to make-up or approximate his Measurables based upon his Game Film Evaluation or Actual Game Evaluation, giving him the Maximum Points on most of his  Measurables for his position.

Most High School and College Football Players don’t even know what their Measurables are and you would think that they would, but they don’t. Many times, a High School or College Football Player will list his best Forty Time as a 4.8 and then twenty minutes later run a 4.6 or better. Also, you must keep in mind that with a little instruction and training, most High School and College Football players can improve on their Speed Measurables by Two and Three Tenth of a Second and can improve on their Distance Measurables by as much as Six to Eight Inches.

In 2007, I hosted a Super Combine in Honolulu, Hawaii and one of my Super Sports Trainers was Coach David Cosier and he was a Phenomenon at coaching the Vertical Jump. The Vertical Jump is a great indicator of how fast is a player’s Twitch Muscles and the Vertical Jump is an indicator on how fast a player can Really Run. The biggest problem is that most High School Football Players do not know exactly how to do a Vertical Jump on a Vertex Machine.

After having great success in the Vertical Jump in our morning session, I went over to where Coach Cosier was working with the players and I found out that Coach Cosier was actually doing some unbelievable personal instruction with each player. In that Super Combine, we had 126 players participating and 28 players improved on their best Vertical Jump by six or more inches. When you think about that, it’s pretty astonishing. We also had six players who did a 39-inch Vertical Jump or better, including two who did a 42-inch Vertical Jump.

You can check any Super Combine in the country in any given month or year and you might not fine one player with a 42-inch Vertical Jump and we had two in Hawaii.

Then in 2009, I did another Super Combine in Zachary, Louisiana and we had another Phenomenon Sports Trainer. In this Super Combine, Sports Trainer Kelvin Kelly of Zachary worked with the Standing Broad Jump and we had five players who did a 130-inch Standing Broad Jump or better, including LSU Signee Ahmand Williams who held the World Record 139-Inch Standing Broad Jump, until it was tied this year at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine when Jamie Collins of Southern Miss did his sensational 139-inch Standing Broad Jump.

Until that 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, I had never seen more than two or three players in a Super Combine with a 130 or better Standing Broad Jump, but this year there were 10 players with a 130 or better Standing Broad Jump, including the 139-Standing Broad Jump by Collins.

Again, I felt very Honored and Privileged this Past Weekend to have been invited to be a Guest Super Scout at the 13th Annual Lestini Group Certified Sports Management Free Agent Super Combine in Mobile, Alabama, just prior to the College Football All-American Senior Bowl in the Mobile, Alabama.

John and his wife Mary Jo Lestini and the Lestini Group have been putting-on this Free Agent Super Combine for 13 years and it gives Former College and Pro Players an excellent chance to show what they can do and get into the NFL, Canadian Football League, World League, Europe Football League, Arena Football League, and now the New Professional Football Showcase League which will start playing in 1015.

At the Player Seminar on Saturday night, I was able to meet a lot of players that I had previously written stories about and had Rated and Ranked them on the National Recruiting Scene when they came out of High School. I was also able to meet most of the Coaches and Scouts that have helped John and Mary Jo Lestini to make this the great success that it has been for all of these 13 years.

I thought that it was very interesting that two of the first players that I met at the Hotel, just before the Player Seminar were two players that had just finished playing with two players that had previously played in one of my All-American Bowl Game Classics.

Big Tight End David Wilson of Howard University played with Terrence Tusan of Euless-Trinity, Texas participated in the 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic. Tusan (5-6, 165, 4.3, 39) had averaged 12.9 Yards per carry, but was thought to be too small for D-1, but I was able to get him a Scholarship with Howard University in June after the game. Tusan is the same size of Trindon Holliday (5-6, 170, 4.29) who is still playing in the NFL. Tusan will probably be at our 2015 Lestini Super Combine.

In the 2008 All-American Bowl Game Classic, I thought that Nate Gerber (6-3, 270, 4.81) of Ebensburg Carrol, Pennsylvania was the best Center Prospect in the country and he was outstanding in our game. Then, on Monday, after our game, a Citadel Coach called me and said that he needed a Center. I told him about Gerber and he called and offered him a Scholarship. On Saturday night, I met his Teammate, Chris Billingslea and he told me that Gerber had become a Police Officer.

Also, in 2007, Coach Sidell Corley of Mobile McGill-Toolen sent me OG Jake Lanefski (6-4, 265, 5.0) who had no offers before our First Practice, but signed with The University of Kentucky and started four years for them. Coach Corley also recommended LB Brandon Maye (6-2, 225, 4.65) of Mobile Davidson. Maye came to our 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic, with Lanefski, with no Scholarship Offers, but Signed with Clemson and started three years for them before transferring to Mississippi State after graduation and then he started his Fifth Year for them.

Coach Corley Sr, along with Sidell Corley, Jr were at the Player Seminar at the Hotel. Coach Corley also was an East Team Coach in the 2008 All-American Bowl Game Classic, and I invited him to Coach again in the 2015 All-American Bowl Game Classic. Sidell Corley, Jr Signed with LSU, but transferred to Troy University after the horrible Murder of his Mother.

In 2006, when Coach John Shuman of Virginia Military Prep School called me and asked me if I would take a couple of his players to play in the 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic, and I told him that I would. One of them, Kareem Jackson, showed-up, was outstanding, and signed with Alabama. Three years later, in 2010, Jackson was a #1 Draft Choice of the Houston Texans. The other player, Aaron Webb, did not show-up, but he signed with Georgia Southern, but he showed-up, this weekend, at the Lestini Group Free Agent Super Combine.

I would still have to say that the most exciting part for me as a Scout was to see the great athletes in action and “Showing Their Stuff” on Sunday in front of all of the Coaches and Scouts from various Pro Teams and Pro Leagues.

Quarterbacks (7)

There were Seven Quarterbacks at the Lestini Free Agent Super Combine. There were some really great Quarterbacks in this Group and Quarterback Coach and Camp Director John Gregory was also very impressed with the Talent of his Quarterbacks. #59 Lee Chapple, #57 Ross Metheny, and #2 Bobby Adamson might have been the most impressive as they continued to make every throw with precise accuracy, but #10 Chris Mitchell and #55 Rashard Burkette were also impressive.

Chapple played for the IFL Nebraska Danger and AFL Jacksonville Sharks in 2013 and he looks like he is ready to continue playing for someone in some Professional Football League. The Left-Handed Metheny played for The University of South Alabama. His 3.97 Pro-Shuttle was incredible for a Quarterback. Both Chapple and Metheny were unbelievable in the One-on-One Competition at the end of the Super Combine on Sunday.

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 Lee Chapple N Alabama 6-1 217   5.03 34    4.28   111   –        1,914 MEARS
#2 Ross Metheny S Alabama 6-3 210 4.65 34    3.97   120   –       1,910 MEARS
#3 Bobby Adamson Kearney 6-4  210 4.75 32    4.31   115   –        1,905 MEARS
#4 Chris Mitchell Ala State  6-3  205  4.92 32    4.16   114   –        1,900 MEARS
#5 Rashard Burkette Ala St 6-2   212  4.69 34    4.47   121    –       1,899 MEARS
#6 Karl-David Birkefeld Bacone 6-3 210 4.9 32 4.53   96     –       1,650 MEARS
#7 Josh Hollingsworth Faulkner 6-0 215 5.1 30 4.5    110   –       1,620 MEARS

Wide Receivers (10)

There were more dominating Wide Receivers than at any other position and since the Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers took-up more Space on the Field than any of the other positions, it was not hard to focus on those two positions, as they took up half of the Field in the Position Drills and One-on-One Competition. Also, instead of being an Official Timer at one of the Measurables, such as the Forty or Pro-Shuttle, I told Coach John Gregory that I would prefer to Roam Around so that I could Evaluate more players.

As I have said before, there were a lot of really great Wide Receivers, but as a pattern started to develop, Tristan Purifoy, formerly from The University of North Alabama continued to make Sensational catch after Sensational catch and it happened all day on Sunday.  There were many electrifying catches, but there was only one “One-Handed-Catch” and Yes. #29 Purifoy (6-0, 200, 4.5) made it. Coach Lance Heron was the Wide Receiver Coach and he also was very impressed with the overall talent of the Wide Receivers and he agreed that Purifoy was an exceptional talent.

#58 Mequel Phillips (5-9, 197, 4.54) of Shenandoah University; #13 Perry Floyd, Jr (5-6, 167, 4.5) of Wingate University; #32 Riley Hawkins (5-10, 190, 4.53) of Samford University; and #19 Greg Betterson (6-0, 200, 4.65) of Delta State were Four more Outstanding Wide Receivers who put-up some other Great Measurables to go with Speedy Forties on a Slow ProTurf Surface with Excellent Weather Conditions.

Purifoy recorded the Fastest Pro-Shuttle of the Day with a Freaky 3.94 Timing; but Floyd recorded an Equally Freaky 3.97 Timing. #26 Jusmon Rivers (5-10, 180, 4.71) of University of North Alabama recorded an outstanding 4.0 Pro-Shuttle which does Equate to his 4.71 Forty. Both Hawkins and Betterson recorded a great 4.22-Pro-Shuttle.

One thing that I can not over stress was that although not all of these Wide Receivers had all great Measurables, they all made sensational catches and so with some Personal Training, some of them could improve their MEARS RATINGS,  and thus improve their Value to a Professional Football Team.

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 Tristan Purifoy N Alabama 6-0 200 4.5 38 3.94 124    –        1,960 MEARS
#2 Mequel Phillips Shenandoah 5-9 197 4.54 38 4.13 121 –       1,899 MEARS
#3 Perry Floyd Jr Wingate 5-6 167   4.5    38     3.97 118     –        1,880 MEARS
#4 Riley Hawkins Samford 5-10 190 4.53 36     4.22 117     –        1,865 MEARS
#5 Greg Betterson Delta State 6-0 200 4.65 38 4.22 122    –        1,800 MEARS
#6 Jusmon Rivers N Alabama 5-10 180 4.71 32 4.0   106   –        1,670 MEARS
#7 Decona Roberts Jr NC Central 6-0 208 4.81 34 4.12 111 –      1,651 MEARS
#8 Trayon Nash Graceland      5-10 190     4.55 36 4.44 112 –       1,650 MEARS
Antwontis Cutts Ft Valley St 6-2 170    4.8   34 4.19 118 –        1,640 MEARS
#10 Alan Anderson High School 5-6 188   4.7   32 4.35 110 –        1,496 MEARS

Tight Ends (5)

We only had a few Tight Ends in the Super Combine. There were actually only two pure Tight Ends, but two Linebackers and one Running Back could become outstanding Tight Ends in Professional Football. #8 David Wilson (6-4, 240, 4.78) of Howard University made some great caches and has all of the tools to become a great Professional Tight End.

#1 Karl Jones (6-2, 208, 4.62) of Jacksonville State was the best Running Back at the Super Combine, but he also could become an outstanding Tight End. Jones had a “Mind-Boggling” 3.96 Pro-Shuttle and I gave him an 1,846 MEARS RATING as a Running Back and an 1,890 MEARS RATING as a Tight End.

#62 Thomas Logan (6-3, 259, 4.59) of Sillman College and #65 Aaron Webb (6-0, 235, 4.86) of Georgia Southern worked at Linebacker and Tight End and they both made some outstanding catches at Tight End. Logan ran a Sensational 4.06 Pro-Shuttle while weighing 259-pounds.

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 Thomas Logan Sillman  6-3 259   4.59 36    4.06   110   –       1,892 MEARS
#2 Karl Jones Jacksonville St 6-2 208 4.62 38 3.96   118   –       1,890 MEARS
#3 David Wilson Howard     6-4 240 4.78    36    4.28   112   –      1,800 MEARS
#3 Aaron Webb GA Southern 6-0 235 4.86 36   4.25   120   –      1,800 MEARS
#5 Timothy Miller MS Maddogs 6-3 265 5.59 28 4.78 101   –      1,410 MEARS

Running Backs (4)

#1 Karl Jones (6-2, 208, 4.62) of Troy and Jacksonville State was, by far, the most impressive Running Back. His 3.96 Pro-Shuttle was one of the most impressive Measurables of the Day. #21 Brandon Minor (6-0, 215, 4.82) of Michigan; #12 Darrin Christy (5-11, 210, 4.89) of Howard; and #60 Cedric Herndon (6-2, 209, 4.84) of The Georgia Bandits all ran in the 4.8’s on their Forty and could be more effective if they improved their Speed.

# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 Karl Jones Jacksonville St 6-2 208 4.62 38  3.96   118   –        1,846 MEARS
#2 Brandon Minor Michigan 6-0 215 4.82 36    4.22   115   –        1,685 MEARS
#3 Darrin Christy Howard      5-11 210 4.89 32   4.41   108  –        1,560 MEARS
#4 Cedric Herndon GA Bandits 6-2 249 4.84 32 4.53  107  –        1,543 MEARS

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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 on your current NFL Draft Board, 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 irregardless of position.

One of the reasons, in the past, that the Dallas Cowboys were successful in their NFL Draft was because they probably had more information on every player in the Draft and they were aways able to make a more valid decision on each player, based on all of that information. Their philosophy was they always wanted more information on a player, so they could make a more valid decision as to whether to draft him or not.  In this Computor Age, all of the NFL Teams basically feel the same way.

When I was a Scout with the Dallas Cowboys in 1975-76, we had a Rating System and when I left the Cowboys in 1976, I developed a similar Rating System that we had used in the 1975 and 1976 NFL Draft. The 1976 Draft was the Tony Dorsett Draft and we used this Rating System to conclude that Dorsett was our #1 Player in the 1976 NFL Draft.

Although I developed this basic System, when I left the Cowboys, I shelved the System until 2001, when NIKE Sports developed a similar rating system and called it the SPARQ RATING SYSTEM. I then 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 or a similar rating system identifies overall athletic ability and is used by Top College and Pro Coaches around the country as an initial indicator of the athletic potential of an athlete on the football field.

Max, we have got to set a standard for each position for every Measurable that we test at a Super Combine,” said Legendary University of Nebraska Strength Coach Boyd Epley and then we worked on setting 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 get higher as the players will achieve to get bigger, stronger, and faster.” 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.

We can get a very good idea about a High School Football Player if he participates in a Legitimate Super Football Combine, but many High School players do not get a chance to participate in a Super Combine. If a High School player is being recruited by 40 D-1 Schools, then you have to assume that he is an outstanding Blue Chip Player, but how can you give this player a MEARS RATING if he does not have Valid Measurables. The answer is Very Simple! You either have to make-up his Measurables based on his Film or Game Evaluation, giving him the Maximum Points on each of his  Measurables for his position.

On the other hand. Lets say there is a player with No Scholarship Offers, but he records a 1,976 MEARS RATING, but he does not have a single Scholarship offer.

In 2013, in our Ninth Annual All-American Bowl Game Classic, we had some Players who Rated off of the Charts with a Great MEARS RATING. Running Back Korliss Marshall (6-1, 205, 4.34, 40, 4.12, 130, 25) of Osceola, Arkansas was one of the top running backs in the country and he recorded an incredible 2,060 MEARS RATING. Marshall was also outstanding in our All-American Bowl Game and on National Signing Day, he signed with The Arkansas Razorbacks. In a recent game against Ole Miss, Marshall rushed for 42-Yards on three carries and had two kickoff returns for another 38-Yards, averaging 16-Yards Per Touch on Five Touches. Then in the LSU game, Marshall ran the Opening Kickoff back 100-Yards for a Touchdown, but it was called back for a questionable Holding Penalty.

All-Purpose Back Josh Cleveland (5-7, 165, 4.29, 41, 3.97, 128) of Austin Del Valle, Texas recorded a 2,050 MEARS RATING and he had no offers before the All-American Bowl Game, but Cleveland was Voted Game MVP of the Game; had several offers after the Game; and Signed with Navarro Texas Junior College.

One of the most intriguing players that I evaluated in 2012 was a Defensive Tackle by the name of Tanzel Smart (6-2, 285, 4.8, 32, 4.7, 106, 32) of Scotlandville, LouisianaSmart was Voted District 4-5A Defensive MVP; Voted Defensive MVP of The Local All-Star Red-Stick Bowl; and Voted Defensive Game MVP in the Ninth Annual All-American Bowl Game after he recorded eight tackles and two sacks. Smart recorded a legitimate 2,010 MEARS RATING, but had very few offers, when he signed with Tulane. I think Tulane got a “Real Smart Steal” in Smart. Smart is already Second Team Defensive Tackle as a True Freshman.

My Number One Rated MEARS RATED High School Player in the country in 2012 was Inside Linebacker Reuben Foster (6-2, 242, 4.46, 38, 4.4, 116) of Auburn, Alabama. Foster recorded a 2,094 MEARS RATING; Signed with The University of Alabama; and all of his Measurables were considered to be accurate.

On January 1, 2013, Foster had 40 Scholarship Offers; whereas Marshall and Cleveland did not have a Single Major D-1 Scholarship offer between them.

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 game. The cornerback standard in the Forty is 4.6 and Dee Milliner of Alabama, Steve Williams of California, and Desmond Trufant of Washington all ran a 4.33 Forty and all got 270 points. WR Marquise Goodwin of Texas ran a 4.27 in the Forty and received 330 points. In the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, Trindon Holliday of LSU ran a 4.21 and got 390 points. Holliday is still playing for the Denver Broncos.

Two of the most exciting and most impressive players in the 2013 Scouting Combine were two offensive linemen who really put on a show in the Forty. OT Lane Johnson of Oklahoma ran a 4.72 and OT Terron Armstead of Arkansas Pine Bluff ran a 4.71. Since their Forty Standard was a 5.2, each player received the Maximum 400-points.

Two of the fastest players at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine were Tavon Austin of West Virginia and Marquise Goodwin of Texas; both in the Big-12 Conference. Austin started the Sunday Forties off by running a hand-held 4.25 and then followed that one with a 4.31. After averaging the two times, I gave him a 4.28 clocking, giving him 320 points. Goodwin, who placed tenth in the London Olympics, finished with an official 4.27 clocking, giving him 330 points. I averaged all of the players top two times.

Before 2012, only two linebackers had ever recorded a 2,000 MEARS RATING. In the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine. MLB Martez Wilson (6-4, 250, 4.42) of Illinois and OLB Von Miller (6-2.5, 246, 4.46) of Texas A&M recorded a 2,000 MEARS RATING as Wilson got a 2,030 MEARS RATING and Miller a 2,012 MEARS RATING.

Then, in the 2012 NFL Super Combine, Luke Kuechly of Boston College recorded a 38-inch Vertical Jump; did a 4.12 in the Pro-Shuttle; did 123-inches in the Standing Broad Jump; and did 27 reps of 225 on the Bench Press for an outstanding 2,009 MEARS RATING. This year, Jamie Collins of Southern Miss recorded some incredible Measurables, including a 41.5-inch Vertical Jump and a World Record 139-inch Standing Broad Jump and ended with a 2,015 MEARS RATING.

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. In 2012, Southern Cal DE Nick Perry did an incredible 38.5-inch Vertical Jump and received 290 points. The Defensive Back Standard for the Vertical Jump is 28. Steve Williams did a 41-inch Vertical Jump and received 260 points; while RB Christine Michaels of Texas A&M did a 43-inch Vertical Jump and received 300 points for his Vertical Jump. Super Combine Freak DE Cornelius Washington did a 39-inch Vertical Jump and received 300 points.

Pro-Agility ShuttleThe Pro-Agility Shuttle (SH) is a test of agility, speed, lateral quickness, change of direction, and overall body coordination. Technique is also very important is 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. Lane Johnson ran an amazing 4.52 in the Pro-Agility Shuttle and the medium standard for an offensive lineman is a 5.1 and he received 400 points. Desmond Trufant of Washington ran an incredible 3.85 and he also received 400-points. You know a cough or a sneeze will last as long as Trufant ran his Pro-Shuttle.

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. It is a great measure for running backs, tight ends, and linebackers. Example: OLB Jamie Collins did his sensational 139-inch Standing Broad Jump. The Standard for a Linebacker is 96-inches and he got 5 points for every inch over 96-inches, so Collins received 215 SBJ points.

I have never seen a better NFL Scouting Combine with better Standing Broad Jumpers than in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Collins broke the World Record, but there were nine other Super Combine Freaks who recorded over 130-inches, including OLB Zavier Gooden of Missouri with a 131;  WR Josh Boyce of TCU with a 131; WR Da’Rick Rogers of Tennessee Tech with a 132; WR Marquise Goodwin of Texas with a 132; SS Earl Wolff of NC State with a 134; SS Shamarko Thomas of Syracuse with a 133; SS TJ McDonald of USC with a 131; CB Xavier Rhodes of FSU with a 132; and CB Robert Alford of Southeast Louisiana with a 132.

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 points do not change. Each Athlete gets 20 points for every rep over his standard, but a maximum of 200-points. Example: Margus Hunt of SMU did 38 reps of 225 pounds on the Bench Press and got the Maximum 200-points. OG Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina also did 35 Reps and received the Maximum 200 points. Another 2013 Super Combine Freak was SS Shamarko Thomas of Syracuse who did a 40.5 Vertical Jump and 28 Reps of 225 on the Bench Press, giving him the Maximum 200 points on the Bench Press.

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 about 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 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. “You really don’t need the three cone drill, because it’s not needed if you use the Short Shuttle,” said Coach Boyd Epley.

Quarterbacks and Kickers are always going to be hard to get Great Measurables, because they either do not go to Super Combines or they do not do well at them,” said Coach Epley. So these two positions must be evaluated very carefully on Film or On The Field In Person and their rating is going to be estimated. Max, you will learn how to Evaluate those Quarterbacks and give them an honest rating.”

2013 Lane Johnson Draft Photo2013 Super Combine Freak Lane Johnson
Johnson Ran a 4.72 in the Forty and a 4.52 in the Shuttle
For Third Best Ever 2,106 MEARS RATING.


# POS PLAYER           COL    HT WT  40   VJ    SH    SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 OT Lane Johnson OU      6-6  303  4.72 34     4.52 118   28      2,106 MEARS
#2 CB Xavier Rhodes FLA    6-2  210  4.39  40.5  –       132  14     2,100 MEARS
#3 OT Terron Armstead PB 6-5 306  4.71 34.5  4.72 112   31      2,082 MEARS
#4 SS Sham Thomas  SYR    5-9  213  4.42 40.5 4.22 133   28      2,081 MEARS
#5 DE Margus Hunt    SMU   6-8  277  4.68  34.5  4.51 121  38      2,079 MEARS
#6 LB C. Washington UGA   6-4  265  4.53  39     –       128  36     2,040 MEARS
#7 SS Earl Wolff          NCST  5-11 209 4.39  39    4.07  134   –       2,028 MEARS
#8 CB Robert Alford  SELA  5-10  188 4.35  40    4.23  132  17     2,016 MEARS
#9 LB Jamie Collins   USM   6-4    250 4.58  41.5 4.32  139 19      2,015 MEARS
#10 OT Kyle Long        ORE    6-6    313 4.9    28    4.63  119  –        2,011 MEARS
#11 CB Des Trufant  WASH  6-0    190 4.33  37.5 3.85  125  16     2,005 MEARS
#12 QB Geno Smith    WVA    6-2  228  4.55  33.5  –       124  –        1,996 MEARS
#12 WR Marq Goodwin TEX 5-9    183 4.27  38     –       132  –        1,996 MEARS
#14 SS TJ McDonald    USC   6-3     219 4.53 40    4.2    131  19      1,993 MEARS
#15 AP Tavon Austin WVA   5-8.5  174 4.28 32     4.01 120 14      1,990 MEARS
#16 CB Jamar Taylor BOISE 5-11  192  4.45 35   4.06  127  22      1,989 MEARS
#17 DE Dion Jordan   ORE     6-6     248 4.56 32.5 4.35 122  –        1,986 MEARS
#18 CB Dee Milliner     ALA    6-0    201  4.33 36    4.32  122  –       1,982 MEARS
#18 CB Steve Williams CAL  5-9     181  4.33 40.5 4.1   128  12      1,982 MEARS
#20 FS Eric Reid          LSU     6-1      213  4.48 40.5 4.22 122 17      1,976 MEARS
#21 DT Sharrif Floyd FLA     6-3      297  4.87  30    4.75 106  –       1,974 MEARS
#21 DE Ziggy Ansah    BYU    6-5      271  4.6    34.5  4.26 118 21     1,974 MEARS
#23 LB Zavier Gooden MO    6-2      234 4.43  34     4.18  131 27     1,973 MEARS
#24 LB Bark Mingo     LSU     6-4      241  4.51  37     4.39 128 –        1,972 MEARS
#25 DT Datone Jones UCLA  6-4      283 4.75  31.5 4.32  112  29     1,966 MEARS
#26 RB Chris Michaels A&M 5-10    220 4.47  43     4.02 125 27     1,965 MEARS
#26 WR Ryan Swope   A&M    6-0     205  4.31  37     4.25 125 16     1,965 MEARS
#28 QB EJ Manuel       FSU     6-5      237  4.61  34     4.21 118  –       1,964 MEARS
#29 OG Jon Cooper     UNC    6-2      311   5.01  27     4.84 108  35   1,962 MEARS
#29 WR C. Patterson TENN   6-2      217  4.42  37      –      128  –       1,962 MEARS
#31 WR Mark Wheaton ORST 5-11 189  4.4    37      4.02 120  20   1,958 MEARS 
#32 CB Dave Amerson NCST 6-1       205 4.39  35.5  –      127   15    1,955 MEARS 
#33 CB Darius Slay      MSU    6-0      192  4.32  35.5  4.21 124  14    1,954 MEARS
#34 OT Eric Fisher CenMich 6-7      306  5.0    28.5 4.44 116   27    1,952 MEARS
#35 WR Josh Boyce     TCU     5-11     206  4.34  34    4.1    131  22    1,947 MEARS
#35 CB Dwayne Gratz CONN 5-11     201  4.41  38     4.15 125  22    1,947 MEARS
#37 DE Bjoern Werner FSU   6-3       266  4.77   31    4.4    111  25    1,945 MEARS
#37 DE Corey Lemonier AUB 6-3      255   4.56  33   4.4    119  27     1,945 MEARS
#39 SS Kenny Vaccaro TEX   6-0       214  4.55  38    4.06  121 15     1,943 MEARS
#40 LB Tre Williams CONN   6-1       241   4.51 38     –        124 30    1,942 MEARS
#41 NG S. Richardson  MO     6-2       294  4.94  32    –        116 30     1,938 MEARS
#42 SS Matt Elam          FLA    5-10     208  4.48  35.5 –       118 17      1,936 MEARS
#42 SS Shawn Williams UGA 6-0      213   4.42 36    4.25  120 25    1,936 MEARS
#44 LB Sio Moore       CONN    6-1        245  4.59  38   4.31  127 29     1,935 MEARS

2013 Margus Hunt Super Combine SmallSuper Combine Freak Margus Hunt

Super Combine Freak Xavier Rhodes
Fourth Highest Ever 2,100 MEARS RATING


#1 QB Robert Griffin 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    2,160 MEARS #1 Packers
#3 LB 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 Bob Wagner UST 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 CN 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 UC 6-0 240 4.47 39.5 4.14 127 24 1,955 MEARS #2 Eagles
#17 DE Mel Ingram SCAR 6-2 264 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

2011 Heisman Trophy Winner and Davey O’Brien Award Winner
2,226 MEARS RATING World Record Holder Robert Griffin

In conclusion, we indeed found that the players are really getting bigger, stronger, and faster. In 2010, we had four College players reach the 2,000 MEARS plateau as OT Trent Williams (2,025) of Oklahoma; FS Taylor Mays (2,005) of USC; DT Lamarr Houston (2,000) of Texas; and RB Ben Tate (2,000) of Auburn made that level.

Then, in 2011, eight players recorded a 2,000 MEARS RATING, including QB Cam Newton (2,070) of Auburn; QB Jake Locker (2,057) of Washington; CB Patrick Peterson (2,048) of LSU; LB Martez Wilson (2,030) of Illinois; LB Von Miller (2,012) of Texas A&M; DT Cameron Jordan (2,009) of California; DE J.J. Watt (2,005) of Wisconsin; and WR Jon Baldwin (2,001) of Pittsburgh.

And finally, as you can see in this analysis, there were six players in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine and then we had eleven players in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine who made the Elite 2,000 MEARS RATINGS.

Be sure and Stay Tuned for more great Stories and Reports about The John Lestini Free Agent Super Combine Reports and MEARS PLAYER RATINGS.


About maxemfingerrecruiting

My mission and goal is to search for that hidden high school football talent that has not been found yet. I then evaluate him and try to help him to get some publicity. In 2003, 2004, 2005. and 2006, I hosted my Annual 7on7 National Championship. My goal was to get great athletes to one area where I could evaluate them and then help them with college coaches. The only drawback was that college coaches wanted to see the hidden gems in a game-type highlight film and so the college coaches suggested to me that I host a real All-American Bowl Game so that they could view these talented players in a highlight film, playing against other talented players. It's noted that the NCAA doesn't allow the college coaches to attend All-American Games or practices and so the Game Film is a great tool for the college coaches. In 2005, I hosted my 1st Annual All-American Bowl Game. In nine games in nine years, my wife and I have helped 549 HS football players to get a scholarship that came to our first Bowl Game practice without a single scholarship offer. This also does not count over 1,000 players who we have helped that did not play in our game, including over 100 players in the 2010 Recruiting Season. My Super Elite Top Gun Camp idealogy, is of course, to get as many Top Football Players to a Top Gun Camp so that all of my coaches and I can evaluate them, rate them, rank them, and promote them. There will always be "Diamonds in the Rough" to be found. My First Annual Max Emfinger's Super Elite Top Gun Camp was in July of 2010. The Camp was amazing and loaded with unknown and known talent. Many of them were invited to play in our 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic. In 2007, in my 3rd Annual All-American Bowl Game, a player by the name of Kareem Jackson came to our first Monday practice, without a single scholarship offer. Jackson decided to come out early and he became a #1 Draft Choice in the 2010 NFL Draft for the Houston Texans.
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