Former Dallas Cowboys Super Scout Max Emfinger And Founder Of MEARS RATING! By SUPER SCOUT MAX EMFINGER
A few weekends ago, I was very Honored on the Saturday and Sunday preceding the Annual College Football All-American Senior Bowl to have been invited to be a Guest Super Scout at the 13th Annual Lestini Group Free Agent Super Combine in Mobile, Alabama. Camp Director John L. Lestini Jr and his wife Mary Jo Lestini who is the Camp Coordinator have been Hosting 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 to either get back into the NFL, Canadian Football League, World League, Europe Football League, or Arena League, and now the New Professional Football Showcase which will begin playing in 2015.
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. I was also able to meet most of the Coaches and Scouts that have helped John and Mary Jo to make this the great success that it has been for all of these 13 years. John and Mary Jo have asked me to Explain how the MEARS RATING SYSTEM basically works, since every Athlete at the Lestini Group Super Combine was Rated and Ranked on this MEARS RATING SYSTEM.
SPECIAL NOTE: All High School, College, and Lestini Free Agent Football Players need to print out this Report and use it as a guide to get into the NFL or back into the NFL. Some of the players in this Story have become Very Successful in Professional Football and if you work hard, and learn how to do these Measurables, really well, you can also be in the same position. Also, remember that a D-1AA player broke the Standing Broad Jump record at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, as he did a 139-Inch Standing Broad Jump.-
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I would still have to say that the most exciting part for me as a Scout was to see all of these 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. There were Five Canadian Pro Teams at the Super Combine and Super Workout on Sunday. Coach Jeff Bailey of The University of South Alabama was Field Coordinator.
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 their Speed Measurables by Two and Three Tenths of a Second and can improve on their Distance Measurables by as much as Six to Eight Inches.
Some of this Information may not mean as much to you as other parts, but all Players and Coaches need to understand How and Why this MEARS RATING SYSTEM was Developed and how it has Evolved over the Years.
MEARS RATING SYSTEM
In 1974, after spending two years as a Graduate Assistant Coach for Legendary Coach Hayden Fry, at The University of North Texas, I got a call from Gil Brandt of the Dallas Cowboys. He told me that he had an opening for a Talent Scout with the Dallas Cowboys and he wanted to know if I was interested. I interviewed and I was set to take the job when they decided not to hire another Talent Scout at that time.
In the meantime, I had interviewed with Lanier Business Products to get back into Sales. Later, I got a call from Lanier and I took a job as a Salesman with Lanier Business Products in The Dallas Area as a word-processing and dictating salesman, I became one of their top salesmen in Dallas and also the country and I was already being groomed to become a Sales Manager or a National Sales Trainer. I also was Awarded three Salesmen of the Month Awards. Then, about a year later, I was on a Sales Call in Garland, Texas and got another call from Gil Brandt. “Max, we are now ready to hire another Talent Scout and I was wondering if you were still interested?”
Let’s be serious Folks! This was a call from the Dallas Cowboys! So, I became a Dallas Cowboys Talent Scout!
One of the reasons, in the past, that the Dallas Cowboys were always successful in their NFL Draft was because they probably always had more information on every player in the Draft and they were always able to make more valid decisions on each player, based on all of that information. Their philosophy was that 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 Computer Age, all of the current NFL Teams basically feel the same way.
While with the Dallas Cowboys, I coordinated a Dallas Cowboys Team Project for Coach Tom Landry and Coach Ernie Stautner and in that Team Project, I coordinated the Rating and Ranking of every current NFL Player. I then color-coded every player in the NFL as to their Rating and Ranking.
Blue = NFL All-Pro
Red = NFL Future All-Pro or Past NFL All-Pro
Green = Average NFL Player
Yellow = NFL Rookie or Two-year player
NOTE: A huge “Flip-Chart” was developed with each NFL Team. Then, a Color-Coded Business-Card with Name, Height, Weight, and Forty of each NFL player placed in the “Flip-Chart” sleeve for each position on the football field for both the Offense and Defense of each NFL Team. The Late Legendary Head Coach Tom Landry and The Late Legendary Defensive Coordinator Ernie Stautner used this color-coded system as info in their weekly Scouting Report in preparation for their next game.
My boss was the The Legendary and Ultimate Super Scout Gil Brandt. Three of my fellow Dallas Cowboy Scouts were Cornell Green, Reid Johnson, and John Wooten. Our Resident Racquetball Champions were Super Scout Gil Brandt and Coach Mike Ditka.
My job with the Dallas Cowboys was to Evaluate, Rate and Rank College Football Players for the NFL Draft. My boss, Gil Brandt, also asked me to Evaluate, Rate, and Rank the Top Texas High School Football Players for the 1976 Football Recruiting Season and make a Texas Top 100 Recruiting List to give to all of the College Football Coaches.
Then when Coach Landry asked me to Evaluate, Rate, Rank, and Color-Code Every Football Player in the NFL, I was probably the First and Last Talent Scout on the Planet who was asked to Evaluate High School, College, and Professional Football Players in the same Football Season. After finishing this Dallas Cowboys Scouting Project, Coach Landry and Coach Stautner gave me the Title of Super Scout.
At the time, when Coach Landry and Coach Stautner gave me the Super Scout Label, although it was very flattering, it did not mean as much to me at that time, because I was surrounded by Super Scouts, including Gil Brandt, Cornell Green, Reid Johnson, and John Wooten.
Later, away from the Dallas Cowboys, it has meant a great deal to me, especially when it has become my Trademark when I continue to find High School Football Players without a Scholarship Offer; put them in one of my All-American Bowl Games; and then they become an NFL #1 Draft Choice like Kareem Jackson or become an NFL Rookie of the Year like Alfred Morris.
I loved being a Dallas Cowboys Super Scout, but Lanier was still calling me almost every day to come back to work for them. Then one day, Lanier offered me a job that I couldn’t pass-up. They offered me the job of Sales Manager in Midland, Texas.
This job would effectively triple my income! I really did not want to leave the Dallas Cowboys, but there was just too much money involved.
I decided to go talk to the Late Legendary Dallas Cowboys President and General Manager Tex Schramm and see if they could either match the Lanier salary and commission figures or at least give me a raise.
“Max, you have done a great job for us and we love you. Soon, you will receive a big raise, but it sounds like you have a pretty fantastic offer that you can’t pass-up,” said Tex Schramm.
In 1976, shortly after Coach Tom Landry had given me the Title of Super Scout, I left the Dallas Cowboys and went to work for Lanier Business Products as a Sales Manager in Midland, Texas. I was to become the Sales Manager of both the Lanier Dictating Division and also the new Lanier Word Processing Division. I was given a very substantial base salary plus commission on both the dictating and word processing products. I was also going to be able to hire new salesmen in both divisions, train them; and make commission on all of their sales.
I stayed in Midland, Texas for two years and then another Company, MiCom Business Products, hired me away from Lanier and sent me to Houston, Texas where I was previously Married in 1972. By now, it was 1979 and I was still anxious to get back into Scouting so my wife, Ginger, who also had worked for the Cowboys said: “If you don’t like what the Sportswriters and Sports Pages are saying, why don’t you just start your own Football Recruiting Service.”
So in 1979, I Founded the first High School Football Recruiting Service. In three years, I had 12,500 Paid Subscribers to my National High School Football Recruiting Service and I was doing Recruiting Radio Guest Appearances from Coast to Coast. I also became the First Independent Person who Rated and Ranked the Recruiting Classes in the Country and I Started appearing on all of the Major TV Sports Shows on either National Signing Day or the Day after.
So as you can see, Coach! I’m still a Super Scout!
But back to the Dallas Cowboys and the MEARS RATING SYSTEM.
When I was 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 1976 NFL Draft. This 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 Sport or Event. This new MEARS RATING SYSTEM or a similar rating system, identifies overall Athletic Ability, and it can be 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.
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. – By 2001, all of the other Recruiting Services were using the Five-Star Rating System Method which does not Measure anything. One year, at the start of the Spring, there were 45 Wide Receivers that were Rated a Four-Star. We went to bed one night and the next morning there were only 25. Someone had decided that there could only be 25 Four-Star Wide Receivers and had demoted 20 of them to a Three-Star.
Last Spring, the NFL just finished their 2013 NFL Scouting Combine and they had some really incredible Measurables from some players who were just like many of you were a few years ago. We had two Offensive Linemen who ran a 4.7 Forty; a Defensive Back who did a 3.85 Pro-Shuttle; and we had ten players who did a 130 or better in the Standing Broad Jump. Cornelius Washington, a linebacker, did a 39-Iinch Vertical Jump and had 36 Reps of 225 pounds. Also a Defensive End that did 38 reps of 225 pounds.
My 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 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, and a Standing Broad Jump.
To get an idea as to how the MEARS RATING SYSTEM works, check out the recent 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, and My Fabulous 44 Players and My Elite 18 Players in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, with MEARS RATINGS.
2013 NFL FABULOUS 44 AT 2013 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE
# 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 FSU 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
2012 NFL ELITE EIGHTEEN AT 2012 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE
# POS PLAYER COL HT WT 40 VJ SH SBJ REP MEARS NFL TEAM
#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
Before I implemented my MEARS RATING SYSTEM again, I decided that I needed to tweak it a little and so I asked one of my old friends to help.
“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. In all of the Speed Measurables, a player will get plus points for every tenth of a second over the Position Standard, but a maximum of 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 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 in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Cornerback Robert Alford of Southeastern Louisiana ran a 4.35 Forty and received 250 points. In the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, Trindon Holliday of LSU ran a 4.21 Forty and got 390 points.
Two of the most exciting and most impressive players in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine were two offensive linemen who really put on a show in the Forty. OT Lane Johnson of Oklahoma ran a 4.72 Forty and OT Terron Armstead of Arkansas Pine Bluff ran a 4.71Forty. Since the Forty Standard was a 5.2, both 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 Forty and then followed that one with a 4.31 Forty. After averaging the two times, I gave him a 4.28 Forty clocking, giving him 320 points. Goodwin, who placed tenth in the London Olympics, finished with an official 4.27 Forty 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 2,000 MEARS RATING as Wilson got a 2,030 MEARS RATING and Miller a 2,012 MEARS RATING.
Then, in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, Luke Kuechly of Boston College recorded a 38-inch Vertical Jump; did a 4.12 Pro-Shuttle; did 123-Inch 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 he 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-Inches. 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 of The University of Georgia did a 39-Inch Vertical Jump and received 300 points.
Cornelius Washington, was supposedly the Third Best Lineback from The University of Georgia. He worked and trained hard for the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, and then he Shocked all of the NFL Scouts with a 39-Inch Vertical Jump and 38 Reps of 225!
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 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 Pro-Agility Shuttle and the medium standard for an Offensive Lineman is a 5.3 Forty and he received 400 points. Desmond Trufant of Washington ran an incredible 3.85 Pro-Shuttle 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: In 2013, Outside Linebacker 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; and so Collins received 215 Standing Broad Jump points.
I have never seen a better NFL Scouting Combine with better Standing Broad Jumpers than the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Collins broke the World Record, but there were also 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 measure, 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 in person and their rating is going to be estimated. Max, you will learn how to evaluate them and give them an honest rating.”
I still will never forget people telling me that you just can’t Rate or Rank High School Football Players. “It just puts too much pressure on these young Football Players,” said the Experts.
Three years later, in 1983, after I started the first High School Football Recruiting Service, I Sponsored the First Ever Annual Max Emfinger High School Football Super Combine. I was a great timer, with the Cowboys, but I will never forget the terrible times that I had on what was supposedly these great Football Players. Also, in this First Combine, we only did Height, Weight, Forty, and Vertical Jump, but we still had four of the seven Measurables in a MEARS RATING. We did not do a Pro-Shuttle, Standing Broad Jump, or Bench Press.
In conclusion, as you can see, we have 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.
Professional Football Showcase Co-Founder, CEO, and Commissioner Lance Heron spoke recently to a Football Sports Community about his new Professional Football Showcase League, located in California, Nevada, Texas, and New Mexico. They have designed a Professional Football League where all teams are owned by the league owners and investors. The Professional Football Showcase League Promises as a Mission Statement to provide players with a platform to showcase their talents, while pursuing the idea that the players always come first.
The Professional Football Showcase is designed to take the Players and Coaches best interests into account, making it the league’s primary focus. In talking to Coach Heron, it appears that The Initial Plan is to have as many as 10 Teams in The Texas and New Mexico Area and 10 Teams in the California Area for the First Inaugural 2015 Football Season.
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Coach Lance Heron believes in what he is doing, because of his unshakeable Faith In The Lord. Coach Heron wants a football loving community who puts God first involved at all levels, from the Water Boy to the Offensive Coordinator. There will be no Beer or Alcohol served at games. Sportsmanship and fair play are critical components to the PFS Code Of Conduct.
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