NFL Scouting Combine All-Time Offensive FAB 50 Validated by MEARS RATINGS! By Super Scout Max Emfinger

Super Monster OT Greg Robinson


By Super Scout Max Emfinger

It took me about one week of Research to realize how important that the MEARS RATING System has really become. I spent two years working on my Masters Degree in the 1970’s and the only thing that kept me from getting my Masters Degree in Administration was doing my Thesis, but after doing all of this Research on the NFL Scouting Combine, I feel that it could easily qualify me for my Thesis.

My Thesis proved that a Scouting Combine Offensive Player would have to Record the Maximum 400-Points in both of the Speed Measurables to be able to get to the 2,100 MEARS RATING Plateau.

For about 14 Years, I have been Rating and Ranking High School Football Players and 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 them and teach them how to do a Vertical Jump, Pro-Agility Shuttle, Standing Broad Jump, and yes, the correct way to run a Forty.

Before I implemented my MEARS RATING SYSTEM again 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 Max 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 came 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 an Extra 50-Point Bonus to all of  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. I did this because all of these great Scouting Combine Players would get an Extra 100-Points from any and all of the Coaches who had Coached them. Plus, I have read many of the NFL Scouts Evaluation on them.

NFL Scouting Combine Highlights Athletic QB’s and Athletic Offensive Linemen!

We all thought that the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine had the best Offensive Linemen that we had ever seen, but we just needed to wait one more year, until the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. If you will  remember! The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine had three Offensive Linemen who broke a Five-Flat Forty, including Lane Johnson of Oklahoma with a 4.72 Forty; Terron Armstrong of Little Rock Pine Bluff with a 4.71 Forty; and Kyle Long of Oregon with a 4.9 Forty.

In the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, at least Five Scouting Combine Players ran better than a 5.0 Flat Forty, including Taylor Lewan of Michigan with an Official 4.85 Forty; Greg Robinson of Auburn with an Official 4.87 Forty; Trai Turner of LSU with an Official 4.93 Forty; Joel Bitonio of Nevada with an Official 4.97 Forty; and Matt Patchan of Boston College with an Official 4.97 Forty. Jake Matthews of Texas A&M also ran a 4.91 Forty; Xavier Su’a-Fila of UCLA ran a 4.94 Forty; and Brandon Thomas of Clemson ran a 4.97 Forty.

A lot of observers were not even aware of a Super Offensive Tackle Taylor Lewan, but after the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, there are not too many 2014 NFL Fans in the country who are not aware of this Super Freak. Lewan (6-7.5, 309, 4.85, 30.5, 4.49, 117, 29) recorded some of the Most Incredible Measurables of any other player, including all of the Offensive Linemen and Tight Ends, on the First Day of the Combine.

In the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, Lane Johnson (6-6, 303, 4.72, 34, 4.52, 118, 28) also had incredible Measurables and recorded a Scouting Combine Best 2,206 MEARS RATING, with the Added 100-Point Bonus. In the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Lewan almost matched him as he recorded a 2,158 MEARS RATING.

Although Lewan was unbelievably impressive, #38 Greg Robinson of Auburn was just as impressive as he ran a Mind-Boggling 4.87 Forty while weighing 332-Pounds. With his impressive Measurables, Robinson recorded an unbelievable 2,119 MEARS RATING. Super Star Robinson also dominated the Scouting Combine Drills.

As you can readily see! Only the Quarterbacks and Offensive Linemen were able to Record the Great Measurables and get the Really High MEARS RATING. The reason is very simple. Most of the Time, those two positions do not Record Great Measurables, but when the Athletic Players at these positions do great, they generally Rate off of the Athletic Charts. They also become NFL #1 Draft Choices. Over half of the Players that are Rated on this page became NFL #1 Draft Choices. This should alert all High School Players, College Players, and Free Agent Players that you must work on your Speed Measurables to get into Professional Football.

Coach Tom Landry asked me to do the Color-Coded Flip Chart, because he wanted to know where the Defensive Weaknesses were so he could attack those Weaknesses. Coach also wanted to know which side of the field to line-up our #1 Wide Receiver Drew Pearson, and whether to use RB Robert Newhouse, running the football, or to use RB Preston Pearson, a great Receiver, coming out of the backfield. TE Billy Joe Dupree was also a huge threat for the Cowboys and Coach Landry wanted to know whether to play him as a Tight or Flex-End.

“I’m a Cowboy for life,” Preston Pearson recently said. “The ‘America’s Team’ moniker started in our era, but we never got a chance to tell the fans how much we appreciated them being there for us. Everywhere we went, we always had fans. That’s where the name came from.”

I am very proud to say that Preston Pearson, Drew Pearson, and Billy Joe DuPree were three of my good friends on the Cowboys Offense, along with Fullback Walt Garrison. DE Harvey Martin, DE Ed “Too-Tall” Jones, OLB Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, and FS Cliff Harris were good Friends on the Defense.

Cornell Green moved from being an active player in 1974 to a Cowboys Scout in 1975 and he and I also became best Friends, along with “Big John” Wooten in Scouting.


#1 QB Robert Griffin Baylor      6-2 223 4.38 40 4.09      122  20 2,386 MEARS 2012
#2 AP Marquise Goodwin Texas        5-9 183 4.19 42 4.09 137 – 2,271 MEARS 2013
#3 QB Tyrod Taylor Vir Tech        6-1 217 4.45 37.5 4.09 126 –    2,256 MEARS 2011
#4 OT Donald Stephenson OU       6-6 312 4.89 35.5 4.78 114 19 2,234 MEARS 2012
#5 QB Andrew Luck Stanford    6-4 234 4.56        36 4.28 124 –   2,218 MEARS 2012
#6 OT Lane Johnson Oklahoma     6-6 303 4.72 34 4.52 118 28  2,206 MEARS 2013
#7 OT Trent Williams Oklahoma   6-5 318 4.88 34 4.63 113 23  2,201 MEARS 2010

Quarterback Robert “RG-III” Griffin
2011 Heisman Trophy Winner and Davey O’Brien Award Winner
2,336 MEARS RATING and World Record Holder!

Before Robert Griffin III won the 2012 Heisman Trophy with a late rush, Andrew Luck was considered to be the Top Quarterback in the Country for almost two years, but when Griffin and Luck came to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, they both  “Wowed” the NFL Scouts as they recorded some really amazing Measurables.

Griffin, not only recorded the World Record 2,336 MEARS RATING, he also became the First Player and Only Player to record the Maximum 400-Points in both Speed Measurables and the Maximum 300-Points in the Vertical Jump as he ran a 4.38 Forty; did an incredible 4.09 Pro-Shuttle; and an incredible 40-Inch Vertical Jump.

Luck was also the Perfect Proto-Type Dropback Quarterback, but a lot of people forgot that he was also a sensational Athletic Quarterback and he proved it at the Scouting Combine with a 4.56 Forty; a 36 Vertical Jump; a 4.28 Pro Shuttle; and a great 124-Inch Standing Broad Jump. Luck was also sensational in the Drills as he made all of the passes and was considered by the NFL Scouts to be the Most Perfect Quarterback who could make all of the pass-drops and throws to become an Franchise Quarterback for many years to come.

Trent Williams Received the 400 Maximum Points in both Speed Measurables with a 4.88 Forty and a 4.63 Pro Shuttle; plus he recorded a 34-Inch Vertical Jump, giving him 200-Points. Leon Sandcastle recorded Maximum Points for his Vertical Jump and Forty.  Although he did not run a Shuttle, I gave him a Max 400-Points. Williams played Left Offensive Tackle for the West Team in the 2006 All-American Bowl Game Classic.


#8 QB Cam Newton Auburn    6-5 248          4.56 35   4.12 126  – 2,196 MEARS 2011
#9 WR Justin Hunter Tennessee   6-4 196 4.45 40.5 4.16 139 – 2,196 MEARS 2013
#10 QB Jake Locker Washington 6-3 231 4.46 35       4.12 115 – 2,187 MEARS 2011
#11 OT Terron Armstead P-Bluff 6-5 306 4.71 34.5 4.72 112 31 2,182 MEARS 2013
#12 OT Taylor Lewan Michigan 6-7.5 309 4.85 30.5 4.49 117 29 2,158 MEARS 2014
#12 OT Nate Solder Colorado        6-8 319 4.92 32 4.34 110 21     2,158 MEARS 2011
#14 TE Michael Egnew                        6-5 252 4.5 37.5 4.32 135 21 2,157 MEARS 2012
#15 TE Chris Gragg Arkansas        6-3 244 4.43 37.5 4.35 125 18 2,143 MEARS 2013
#16 WR Jon Baldwin Pittsburgh 6-4 228 4.44 42 4.24 129           2,141 MEARS 2011
#16 QB Colin Kaepernick Nevada 6-5 233 4.48 32.5 4.18 115 –   2,141 MEARS 2011
#18 AP Trindon Halliday LSU           5-5 166 4.21 42 4.28 116 10 2,140 MEARS 2010
#19 TE James Hanna Oklahoma      6-4 252 4.43 36 4.11 122 24 2,134 MEARS 2012
#20 TE Jimmy Graham Miami         6-6 260 4.5 38.5 4.39 120 15 2,130 MEARS 2010
#20 AP Sam McGuffie Rice               5-10 200 4.36 42 3.93 134 26 2,130 MEARS 2013
#22 RB Christine Michael A&M         5-10 220 4.4 43 4.02 125 27 2,125 MEARS 2013
#23 WR Greg Childs Arkansas                 6-3 219 4.39 40.9 127 19 2,123 MEARS 2012
#24 OT Greg Robinson Auburn      6-5 332 4.87 28.5 4.86 113 32 2,119 MEARS 2014
#25 QB Tim Tebow Florida                 6-3 236 4.66 38.5 4.17 115 – 2,117 MEARS 2010
#26 QB Geno Smith West Virginia      6-3 228 4.54 33.5     – 24   2,116 MEARS 2013
#27 OT Bruce Campbell Maryland   6-7 314 4.73 32 4.69 101 34 2,113 MEARS 2010
#28 OT Kyle Long Oregon                 6-6 313 4.9 28 4.63 119 –         2,111 MEARS 2013
#29 QB E.J. Manuel FSU                          6-5 246 4.51 34 4.21 118 – 2,110 MEARS 2013
#30 RB Ben Tate Auburn                5-11 220 4.33 40.5 4.12 124 26 2,110 MEARS 2010
#31 RB Knile Davis Arkansas           6-0 227 4.32 33.5 4.12 121 31 2,109 MEARS 2013
#32 WR Ryan Swope A&M                    6-0 205 4.27 37 4.17 125 16 2,105 MEARS 2013
#33 WR Cordarrelle Patterson Tenn 6-3 216 4.33 37 4.2 128 –    2,102 MEARS 2013
#33 RB C.J. Spiller Clemson              5-11 196 4.26 36 4.16 126 18 2,102 MEARS 2010

It took me about three days of Research to realize that a Scouting Combine Offensive Player would have to Record the Maximum 400-Points in both of the Speed Measurables to be able to get to the 2,100 MEARS RATING Plateau.

For Example: Some of the best Skill Players that have come through the Scouting Combine, but did not run fast Speed Measurables, simply can not reach the High MEARS RATING LEVELS, because there are just not enough available points. This is why the EXTRA COACHING EVALUATION POINTS are so crucial and important.

It’s like when Coach Boyd Epley said: “Max, you will Learn how to Evaluate Quarterbacks and other Special Player Evaluations for Great Players who did not Perform extremely well on their Speed Measurables.”


#35 WR Sammy Watkins Clemson   6-1 211 4.39 34 4.34 125 16 2,097 MEARS 2014
#36 RB David Wilson VA Tech           5-10 206 4.36 41 4.12 132 – 2,092 MEARS 2012
#37 OT Tyron Smith USC                    6-5 307 4.92 29 4.68 109 29 2,089 MEARS 2011
#38 WR Odell Beckham Jr LSU       5-11 198 4.38 38.5 3.94 122 – 2,086 MEARS 2014
#38 OT Jake Matthews A&M           6-5 308 4.97 30.5 4.47 104 24 2,086 MEARS 2014
#38 RB Demarco Murray OU           6-0 213 4.35 36.5 4.18 130 21 2,086 MEARS 2011
#41 RB Lache Seastrunk Baylor    5-9 201 4.44 41.5 4.24 124 15 2,082 MEARS 2014
#42 OT Eric Fisher Cen Michigan 6-8 306 4.99 28.5 4.44 116 27 2,072 MEARS 2013
#42 OT Matt Kalil USC                         6-7 306 4.92 27 4.65 110 30 2,072 MEARS 2012
#44 QB Christian Ponder FSU               6-2 229 4.6 34 4.09 116 –  2,068 MEARS 2011
#45 AP Tavon Austin WVA                 5-9 174 4.24 36 4.01 120 14 2,060 MEARS 2013
#46 RB Tre Mason Auburn                 5-8 207 4.46 38.5 4.15 125 – 2,059 MEARS 2014
#47 OT Nick Mondek Purdue         6-6 304 4.84 28.5 4.55 110 30 2,058 MEARS 2012
#48 WR Josh Boyce TCU                       5-11 206 4.32 36 4.1 131 22 2,057 MEARS 2013
#49 WR Da’Rick Rogers TN Tech   6-3 217 4.46 39,5 4.96 132 10 2,054 MEARS 2013
#50 WR Mike Evans A&M                     6-5 231 4.49 37 4.26 118 12  2,052 MEARS 2014


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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