Sammy Watkins is a Super Freak!
2014 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE TOP 25 SKILL SUPER FREAKS!
By SUPER SCOUT MAX EMFINGER
LaDainian Tomlinson is a Future NFL Hall of Famer and Marshall Faulk is an NFL Hall of Fame Football Player who played for twelve seasons.
Marshall Faulk played college football for San Diego State University, and was a three-time College Football All-American Running Back. Faulk was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the second overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, and he also played professionally for the St. Louis Rams. Faulk is one of only three NFL Football Players to reach at least 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards; and he is the only one to amass 12,000 yards rushing and 6,000 yards receiving. Faulk was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
LaDainian Tomlinson is a former American College and NFL Football Player who was a Running Back in the NFL for eleven seasons. Tomlinson played the majority of his 11-year career with the San Diego Chargers, who selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Tomlinson was selected to Five Pro Bowls, and was Selected All-Pro six times. He also won two NFL Rushing Titles. At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth in career rushing yards, seventh in all-purpose yards, second in career rushing touchdowns, and third in total touchdowns. He currently serves as an Analyst on NFL Network and is a Future NFL Hall of Famer.
Both Faulk and Tomlinson were Rated and Ranked by The Super Scout when they came out of High School. They both were Fabulous Football Players, but both were Flying Under the Recruiting Radar and they are now NFL Scouting Combine Analysts. On Sunday, both Faulk and Tomlinson were talking about Measurables at the Scouting Combine and how important they were for the players if they want to move-up on the NFL Draft Board.
“What was your Forty, when you came to the NFL Scouting Combine,” asked Faulk to Tomlinson.
“I Weighed 221-Pounds, but I ran a 4.38 Forty and I immediately shot-up the Draft Board. These Measurables are so important, especially the Speed Measurables, including the Forty and the Short Pro Shuttle,” said Tomlinson.
Last Spring, in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, they had some really incredible Speed Measurables, including two Offensive Linemen who ran a 4.7 Forty, including Lane Johnson of Oklahoma with a 4.72 Forty and Terron Armstrong of Arkansas Pine Bluff with a 4.71 Forty. Kyle Long of Oregon also ran a 4.9 Forty. We also had ten players who did a 130 or better in the Standing Broad Jump.
Then in this 2014 Scouting Combine, the 2014 Skill Players must have been listening to Faulk and Tomlinson, because they put-up some Mind-Boggling Pro-Shuttle Speed Measurables, with Six Sub 4.0 Pro-Shuttles.
Those Six included included WR Brandon Crooks of Oregon State with a 3.81 Pro-Shuttle; WR Damian Copeland of Louisville with a 3.9 Pro-Shuttle; WR Odell Beckham Jr of LSU with a 3.94 Pro-Shuttle; WR Isaiah Burse of Fresno State with a 3.94 Pro-Shuttle; WR Bruce Ellington of South Carolina with a 3.95 Pro-Shuttle; and WR Jeff Janis of Saginaw Valley State with a 3.98 Pro-Shuttle.
In the 2013 Scouting Combine, 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 or any of the Six 2014 Scouting Combine players ran their Pro-Shuttle.
The Vertical Jump is also a really important Measurable as it reflects just how fast you really can be with the potential of your Twitch Muscles.
Vertical Jump – The Vertical Jump (VJ) is a test of leg explosiveness, power, quickness, and twitch muscles. Technique is also very important in this test. This test is a good Measurable for Wide Receivers, Tight Ends, Running Backs, Cornerbacks, and Safeties. The standard for a Wide Receiver, Running Back, Tight Ends, Linebackers, and Defensive Backs is a 28-Inch Vertical Jump. Each inch over the standard, a player gets 20 points.
Four Skill Players, in the 2014 Scouting Combine, including RB Lache Seastrunk of Baylor with a 41.5 Vertical Jump; WR Tevin Reese of Baylor with a 41-Inch Vertical Jump; RB Jerick McKinnon of Georgia Southern with a 40.5 Inch Vertical Jump; and Damian Copeland of Louisville with a 40-Inch Vertical Jump had 40 Plus Vertical Jumps.
Three Linebackers hit a 40-Inch Vertical Jump, including Ryan Shazier of Ohio State with a 42-Inch Vertical Jump; Howard Jones of Shepard with a 40.5 Vertical Jump; and Khalil Mack of Buffalo with an Incredible 40-Inch Vertical Jump. There will also be several Defensive Backs who will record a 40-Inch Vertical Jump. I will report on them in a few days.
In the 2013 Scouting Combine, we had Eight Players with a 40-Inch Vertical Jump, including RB Chris Michaels of Texas A&M with a 43-Inch Vertical Jump; LB Jamie Collins of Southern Miss with 41.5-Inch Vertical Jump; CB Steve Williams of California, FS Eric Reid of LSU, CB Xavier Rhodes of Florida, and SS Sham Thomas of Syracuse with a 40.5-Vertical Jump; and CB Robert Alford of Southeast Louisiana and SS T.J. McDonald of Southern Cal with a 40-Inch Vertical Jump.
LB Cornelius Washington, of Georgia, also did a 39-Inch Vertical Jump in the 2013 Scouting Combine and in the 2012 Scouting Combine, DE Nick Perry of Southern Cal did an incredible 38.5-Inch Vertical Jump and with a 24-Inch Standard, he received 290 points.
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.
Pro-Agility Shuttle – The Short 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.
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 the 2013 Scouting Combine, 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 SBJ; WR Josh Boyce of TCU with a 131 SBJ; WR Da’Rick Rogers of Tennessee Tech with a 132 SBJ; WR Marquise Goodwin of Texas with a 132 SBJ; SS Earl Wolff of NC State with a 134 SBJ; SS Shamarko Thomas of Syracuse with a 133 SBJ; SS TJ McDonald of USC with a 131 SBJ; CB Xavier Rhodes of FSU with a 132 SBJ; and CB Robert Alford of Southeastern Louisiana with a 132 SBJ.
In this 2014 Scouting Combine, only Four Skill Players, recorded a 130-Inch Standing Broad Jump, including RB Lache Seastrunk of Baylor with a 134 Standing Broad Jump; RB Jerick McKinnon of Georgia Southern with a 132 Standing Broad Jump; while WR Tevin Reese of Baylor and WR Donte Moncrief of Ole Miss both broke the 130-Inch Standing Broad Jump as they both did a 132 Standing Broad Jump. Super Linebacker Ryan Shazier of Ohio State also recorded an amazing 130 Standing Broad Jump.
Out of all of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Skill Players and you only have one Draft Choice left, and you could only pick one player, who would you pick?
If I could only pick one player, my Pick would go to WR Sammy Watkins of Clemson. We have been watching Watkins play for three years and he has been a Real Freak for all three of those years. I watched him run both of his Forties and he ran Hand-Held Times of 4.34 and 4.37 and then he was given an Official Time of 4.43 which made absolutely no sense. I averaged both of his Hand-Held Times and gave him an Official 4.35 Forty. One of his Biggest Accomplishments was to have two catches of over 90-Yards for a Touchdown, including his 91-Yard Touchdown against Syracuse and his 96-Yard Touchdown against Virginia.
Odell Beckham was an LSU Freshman All-American and he has been sensational for the Tigers for three years. In 2013, Beckham recorded an Amazing 2,222 All-Purpose Yards, breaking the LSU Record of 2,120 Yards and he is a Freaky Punt-Return man for the NFL Team that Drafts him. Bickham, who was at my 2010 Top Gun Camp and is a Friend, was a Super Combine Freak at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine as he ran a 4.31 Forty and a 4.4 Forty, to go with a great 38.5 Vertical Jump and a Mind-Boggling 3.94 Shuttle. I averaged his 4.31 Forty and his 4.4 Forty and gave him an Official 4.35 Forty Timing.
Mike Evans is a Wide Receiver that is playing in a Tight End Body and is another player that I have been very impressed with for Two Years at Texas A&M and Galveston Ball High School. Evans was a Two-Sport Super-Star at Galveston Ball High School and he only played one year of High School Football. As a Senior at Ball High School, Evans averaged 18.3 Points Per Game in Basketball with 8.4 Boards and 5.2 Assists. Evans was the “Go-To” Receiver for both years for Quarterback Johnny Manziel and in 2013, he caught 65 passes for 1,322-Yards and 12 Touchdowns, breaking the Texas A&M Single-Season Total Yards Record with 1,207-Yards. Evans then caught four more passes for 72-Yards in the Chic-Fil-A Bowl Victory over Duke.
Blake Bortles of Central Florida came out of the Sunday NFL Scouting Combine as the “Big-Winner” at the Quarterback Position. I believe that both Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville and Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M have received some very bad guidance from either some of their Coaches or Agents, because they recommended that they not throw in the Scouting Combine Workout.
With those two Quarterbacks not participating, Bortles took full advantage and really “Wowed” some NFL Scouts. Bortles took advantage of his opportunity to convince everyone that he’s a legitimate franchise quarterback. Bortles (6-5, 232, 4.93, 32.5) also impressed me and most all of the NFL Scouts with his Strong Arm and Athleticism with a Great 32.5 Vertical Jump and a 115 Standing Broad Jump.
“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 Boyd 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.”
Coach! I like several Quarterbacks in this Upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, but I particularly like three Quarterbacks that were in this 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. I really like the “BBC Trio” which includes Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, and Derek Carr and in that order. I also think that some NFL Team is going to take Johnny Manziel, Jimmy Garoppolo, and A.J. McCarron, and probably in the Early Rounds, but for them to make this Top 25 Super Skill Team, I would have had to give them a lot of Extra MEARS RATING Points.
QB Blake Bortles is a Huge Surprise in the NFL Combine!
2014 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE TOP 25 SKILL SUPER FREAKS
# POS PLAYER COL HT WT 40 VJ SH SBJ REP MEARS RATING
#1 WR Sammy Watkins Clemson 6-1 211 4.35 34 4.34 126 16 2,077 MEARS
#2 WR Mike Evans Texas A&M 6-5 231 4.53 37 4.26 122 12 2,062 MEARS
#3 WR Odell Bickham Jr LSU 5-11.5 198 4.36 38.5 3.94 122 7 2,061 MEARS
#4 WR Jeff Janis Saginaw Valley 6-3 219 4.42 37.5 3.98 123 20 2,043 MEARS
#4 QB Teddy Bridgewater Louisville 6-2.5 214 4.61 30 – 112 – 2,043 MEARS
#5 RB Lache Seastrunk Baylor 5-9 201 4.51 41.5 4.1 134 15 2,042 MEARS
#6 QB Blake Bortles Central Fla 6-5 232 4.93 32.5 – 115 – 2,040 MEARS
#7 RB Jerick McKinnon Geo So 5-9 209 4.41 40.5 4.12 132 32 2,038 MEARS
#8 WR Martavis Bryant Clemson 6-4 211 4.42 39 4.15 123 16 2,037 MEARS
#9 AP Dri Archer Kent State 5-8 173 4.26 38 4.06 122 20 2,030 MEARS
#10 WR Donte Moncrief Ole Miss 6-2 221 4.4 39.5 4.3 132 13 2,012 MEARS
#11 QB Blake Bortles UCF 6-5 232 4.93 32.5 – 115 – 2,019 MEARS
#12 TE A.C. Leonard Tenn State 6-2 252 4.5 34 – 127 20 1,999 MEARS
#13 WR Brandon Crooks Ore St 5-9.5 189 4.33 36 3.81 120 16 1,998 MEARS
#14 WR Kelvin Benjamin FSU 6-5 240 4.54 32.5 4.39 117 13 1,985 MEARS
#15 WR Marqise Lee Southern Cal 6-0 192 4.52 38 4.01 126 – 1,974 MEARS
#16 WR Allen Robinson Penn State 6-2 220 4.54 394.0 126 – 1,970 MEARS
#17 QB Derek Carr Fresno State 6-2 214 4.69 34.5 – 110 – 1,968 MEARS
#18 TE Eric Ebron North Carolina 6-4.5 250 4.55 32 – 120 – 24 1,966 MEARS
#18 WR Paul Richardson Colorado 6-0 175 4.38 38 4.2 123 – 1,966 MEARS
#18 QB Logan Thomas Virginia Tech 6-6 248 4.61 35.5 – 116 – 1,966 MEARS
#19 RB Bishop Sankey Wash 5-9 209 4.49 35.5 4.0 125 26 1,963 MEARS
#20 TE Jace Amaro Texas Tech 6-5 265 4.68 36 4.3 116 28 1,960 MEARS
#21 RB Tre Mason Auburn 5-8 207 4.46 38.5 41.5 125 – 1,959 MEARS
#22 AP Tevin Reese Baylor 5-9.5 163 4.46 41 4.18 132 16 1,950 MEARS
#22 WR Damian Copeland Louisville 5-11 184 4.46 40 3.9 120 12 1,950 MEARS
#23 WR Jordan Matthews Vandy 6-3 212 4.42 35.5 4.18 120 21 1,944 MEARS
#24 WR Davante Adams Fresno 6-1 212 4.51 39.5 4.3 123 14 1,939 MEARS
#25 FB Carlos Hyde Ohio State 6-0 230 4.50 34.5 – 113 19 1,938 MEARS