JADEVEON CLOWNEY TOPS LEON SANDCASTLE ON ALL-TIME DEFENSIVE ELITE 24 MEARS RATING!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
The Incredible Leon Sandcastle came to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine and demonstrated some of the most “Mind-Boggling” Athleticism that the NFL Scouts had ever seen before, as he put-up some Never Seen Measurables, including a 4.2 Forty; a 46-Inch Vertical Jump; and in the Photo, doing a 141 Standing Broad Jump. Sandcastle is often compared to an “Ugly Deion Sanders” and he literally came out of nowhere to become the Top Prospect of the Decade.
Actually, Sandcastle came out of a very small school called Primetime University, but since nobody can find it on the map, it seems that Sandcastle might have come from a different Planet. With these “Never Heard Of” Measurables, it’s pretty easy to see how he recorded an Incredible 2,295 MEARS RATING. With this MEARS RATING, Sandcastle recorded the Highest All-Time Defensive Scouting Combine MEARS RATING. Quarterback Robert “RG-III” Griffin is still the All-Time Offensive MEARS RATING Leader with an incredible 2,386 MEARS RATING.
But wait! That was before the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine and a Young Junior Defensive End by the name of Jadeveon Clowney showed-up and to be honest! I don’t think that I have ever seen a better Defensive Player like Clowney with this much Talent and Potential. Only Sandcastle may even come close; while Perry, Kuechly, and Rhodes, who were previous Super Freaks may still not have his overall potential. Here is a player who weighed 266-Pounds and actually ran a 4.47 Forty and a 4.48 Forty, but he was given a 4.53 Official Forty Time. I averaged all three times and gave him an Official 4.49 Forty. His 37.5 Vertical Jump and 123 Standing Broad Jump were just as impressive, but he was so impressive in all of these Measurables, none of the NFL Scouts even cared that he did not go through all of the Scouting Combine Drills. Clowney has an unbelievable Athletic Combination of Size and Speed that has Rarely been seen before. He is just a Real Super Freak.
Even NFL Hall of Famer, Deion “Primetime” Sanders, who was working the Scouting Combine as an Analyst, was impressed with Clowney. “If the Texans don’t Select him as their #1 Draft Choice and #1 Overall Pick, they will regret it for many years to come,” said Sanders. “There are just not too many players in this Scouting Combine who would have been Selected as a #1 Draft Selection in the NFL Draft for two years, but Clowney would have been a #1 Selection last year and in fact, he might have been a #1 Selection after his Freshman Season in 2012.”
Super Pass-Rushers in the NFL may be just about as important as Super Passing Quarterbacks in the current NFL Passing Game. Before the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, every NFL Scout knew that Khalil Mack of Buffalo was going to be one of the best Elite Pass-Rushers in the 2014 NFL Draft.
What the NFL Scouts did not know, was just how Athletic and how Explosive that Mack really was, and after he recorded some very impressive Measurables, most of the NFL Scouts want Mack on their NFL Team. Mack recorded some incredible Measurables for a Rush Linebacker with an amazing 40-Inch Vertical Jump; a 4.18 Pro-Agility Shuttle; and a 128-Inch Standing Broad Jump and finished with an unbelievable 2,102 MEARS RATING.
J.J. Watt of Wisconsin is one of the most unbelievable players to ever come to the Scouting Combine and his Measurables at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine are still some of the best ever produced. Watt ran an unbelievable 4.81 Forty while weighing 290-pounds; did an incredible 37-Inch Vertical Jump; did a Mind-Boggling 4.21 Pro-Shuttle; and then did a 120-Inch Standing Broad Jump. Again! Can you visualize a 290-pound man running twenty-yards in four-seconds? There are Running Backs and Cornerbacks in every Scouting Combine that do not run a 4.3 or 4.2 in the Pro-Shuttle.
Lamarr Houston had a pretty sensational Day at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine and his Stock continued to be on the Rise as he “Wowed” the NFL Scouts with a 4.74 Forty while weighing 305-pounds and he was eventually given a 4.84 Forty as his Official Time. Houston also recorded a 33.5 Vertical Jump and a 4.71 Pro-Shuttle which is pretty impressive for a 305-pound player.
During the drills, Houston also was impressive as he he stood out by showing tremendous Athleticism with his terrific movement skills. I will never forget picking Houston up at the Shreveport Greyhound Bus Station in 2006, about six days before our 2006 All-American Bowl Game Classic. In that game, Houston played some at Tight End, but the Defensive Coaches got to use him a lot more than the Offensive Coaches. After the game, I took him back to the Bus Station and I have been following his career ever since.
One of the most intriguing players on the Defensive Elite 22 is Taylor Mays. I had him Rated as one of the Top High School Safeties in the Country when he came out of High School and we all watched him become one of the top College Safeties in the Country at Southern Cal. Then he comes to the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine and puts-up Mind-Boggling Measurements, including a 4.31 Forty while weighing 230-pounds; does an unbelievable 41-Inch Vertical; and a 125 Standing Broad Jump. So now, we think that he would be one of the first players to go in the 2010 NFL Draft. I was shocked that he went in the Second Round, but after talking to some NFL Scouts, some Scouts felt that since he had not done as well, in the Drills, as they thought that he should have, it probably hurt him.
For about 14 Years, I have been Rating and Ranking the High School Football Players and the College Football Players with my MEARS RATING System, that I developed just after leaving the Dallas Cowboys in 1976. In all of those years, I have Tweaked it a few times, but the Standard MEARS Formula has never changed.
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.
Before I implemented my MEARS RATING SYSTEM in 2001, I decided that I needed to Tweak it a little more and so I asked one of my old friends to help.
“Max, we have got to set a Medium 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 Medium Standards for each position. “The Medium Standard for an Offensive Tackle, for example, has been 6-5 and 275 for twenty-five years and although the players are getting bigger, stronger, and faster, we don’t need to keep changing the Medium Standard, said Coach 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 Medium Standard for each 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. The Vertical Jump will have a Maximum of 300-Points; while the Bench Press Reps will have a Maximum of 200 Points.
This year, at my Tenth Annual All-American Bowl Game Classic, all of my Players were Rated and Ranked in order, by Team, on my Big Board in the Hotel Lobby. After the first couple of practices, some of my Coaches would come to me and recommend that certain players on the Big Board be “Upgraded” to the next Ranking or Color in the Color-Coded MEARS Rating System.
So I decided to Tweak the MEARS RATING System, one more time. I decided to give a 50-Point Bonus to all the players who needed to be Re-Rated-Up to the Next Level, but with a Maximum 100-Points and with this new Tweak, all of the College Players in their NFL Scouting Combines have been Re-Rated with this 100-Point Bonus.
ALL-TIME SCOUTING COMBINE 2,100 MEARS RATING CLUB – DEFENSE
# POS PLAYER COL HT WT 40 VJ SH SBJ REP MEARS RATING YEAR
#1 DE Jadeveon Clowney SCAR 6-5 266 4.49 37.5 – 123 21 2,347 MEARS 2014
#2 CB Leon Sandcastle Primetime 6-1 195 4.25 46 – 141 – 2,345 MEARS 2013
#3 SS Taylor Mays Southern Cal 6-3 230 4.31 41 4.24 125 24 2,275 MEARS 2010
#4 DE Nick Perry Southern Cal 6-3 271 4.64 38.5 4.66 124 35 2,260 MEARS 2012
#5 DE J.J. Watt Wisconsin 6-5.5 290 4.81 37 4.21 120 34 2,245 MEARS 2011
#6 SS Eric Berry Tennessee 5-11.5 211 4.38 43 4.23 130 19 2,232 MEARS 2010
#7 CB Patrick Peterson LSU 6-0 219 4.34 38 4.07 126 15 2,228 MEARS 2011
#8 MLB Bobby Wagner Utah St 6-0 241 4.44 39.5 4.28 132 24 2,212 MEARS 2012
#9 DE Bruce Irvin W Virginia 6-3 245 4.41 33.5 4.03 123 23 2,185 MEARS 2012
#10 CB Josh Robinson 5-10 199 4.26 38.5 3.97 133 17 2,183 MEARS 2012
#11 DE Margus Hunt SMU 6-8 277 4.5 34.5 4.51 121 38 2,179 MEARS 2013
#12 DT Lamarr Houston Texas 6-3 305 4.79 33.5 4.71 114 30 2,170 MEARS 2010
#13 MLB Luke Kuechly BC 6-3 242 4.49 38 4.12 123 27 2,159 MEARS 2012
#14 CB Xavier Rhodes FSU 6-2 210 4.39 40.5 – 132 14 2,150 MEARS 2013
#15 FS Eric Reid LSU 1 213 4.45 40.5 4.22 134 17 2,146 MEARS 2013
#16 DE Martez Wilson Illinois 6-4 250 4.42 36 4.28 124 – 2,140 MEARS 2011
#17 OLB Ryan Shazier Ohio State 6-1 238 4.52 42 4.2 130 25 2,138 MEARS 2014
#18 CB Prince Amukamara Neb 6-0 206 4.36 38 4.08 128 15 2,132 MEARS 2011
#19 SS Shamarko Thomas Syr 5-9 213 4.42 40.5 4.26 133 28 2,131 MEARS 2013
#20 NG Aaron Donald Pittsburgh 6-1 285 4.68 32 – 115 35 2,125 MEARS 2014
#21 OLB Von Miller Texas A&M 6-3 246 4.41 37 4.06 126 21 2,122 MEARS 2011
#22 SS Earl Wolff NCST 5-11 209 4.4 39 4.07 134 – 2,118 MEARS 2013
#23 DE Cameron Jordan Cal 6-4 287 4.72 31 4.37 117 25 2,109 MEARS 2011
#24 OLB Khalil Mack Buffalo 6-3 251 4.6 40 4.18 128 23 2,102 MEARS 2014