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An X-Info™ Analysis of select 2014 NFL Draft Prospects from the Sports Information Leader

Northbrook, IL – May 5, 2014 – STATS’ proprietary X-Info™ reveals the most detailed events that occur in a game for unrivaled prospect analysis. X-Info includes unique data points such as YAC, Burned Defenders and Broken Tackles. In 2013, STATS charted X-Info for the top seven collegiate conferences as well as Boise State and Notre Dame.

According to STATS … in a comparison of highly touted linebackers, Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier outperforms Alabama’s C.J. Mosley in a head-to-head tackling comparison, except in one key area. STATS’ X-Info charters reveal that Shazier missed ten more tackles than Mosley.

Player Total Tackles Solo Tackles Stuffs Impact Tackles Missed Tackles
C.J. Mosley, Alabama
108
61
14.5
10
2
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
143
101
15.5
16
12

This year’s wide receiver position is being described as incredibly deep. In this snapshot of big-play capabilities, it is easy to see why Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans stand out:

Notable 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receivers - Big Play Performance, 2013

Player Drops Explosive Receiving Plays Clutch Receptions Yards After Catch Per Reception
Sammy Watkins, Clemson
4
17
56
10.3
Mike Evans, Texas A&M
4
24
51
8.2
Marqise Lee, USC
8
7
33
6.9
Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
4
18
48
5.3
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
7
21
76
5.1
Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
7
13
45
4.9
Cody Latimer, Indiana
1
11
50
5.5
Davante Adams. Fresno State
6
18
73
6.8
Allen Robinson, Penn State
6
15
65
7.1
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
10
18
56
6.6

Explosive plays: receiving plays gaining 25+ yards
Clutch receptions: receptions resulting in 1st down conversions or TDs
YAC per reception.: (total yards after catch) / (total receptions)

While it is not expected that a Miami Hurricane will be drafted in the early rounds of this year’s draft, top prospects Brandon Linder (OG) and Seantrel Henderson (OT) will not find a lack of representation from “the U” upon their arrival in the NFL. Research by STATS indicates that no collegiate team had more players appear in at least one NFL game last year than the Hurricanes with 44. Miami was followed closely by USC (41), Georgia (40), LSU (38), California (35) and Florida State (35).

Beauty will truly be in the eye of the beholder as NFL teams rank Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State and Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State on their draft boards. The X-Info numbers for these top cornerbacks are highly similar.

Player Targets Burns TDs Allowed Yards Per Burn Interceptions
Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
77

27 (35.1%)

2
14.0
4
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
69
31 (44.9%)
3
12.6
7

X-Info Spotlight Comparison: Robinson, Lewan and Matthews

Greg Robinson, Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews are considered the premier tackles in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Total Snaps: 897
Pass Plays: 473 (52.7%)
Hurries Allowed:  12
Knockdowns Allowed:  9
Pressures Allowed:  21
Sacks Allowed: 6

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Total Snaps: 818
Pass Plays: 371 (45.4%)
Hurries Allowed:  4
Knockdowns Allowed:  6
Pressures Allowed:  10
Sacks Allowed: 2

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Total Snaps: 923
Pass Plays: 273 (29.6%)
Hurries Allowed:  3
Knockdowns Allowed:  5
Pressures Allowed:  8
Sacks Allowed: 4

2014 QB Prospects: By the Numbers …

7.7– The average yards per pass completion of Fresno State’s Derek Carr – well below the numbers posted by his peers:

Zach Mettenberger               10.4
Johnny Manziel                     9.6
Blake Bortles                        9.4
Teddy Bridgewater               9.3
AJ McCarron                       9.1
Aaron Murray                      8.9

45 – The number of Passing Explosive Plays by Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. Passing plays of 25 yards or more are defined by STATS as “explosive.” Derek Carr had 42 such plays, while Zach Mettenberger had 40.

72.8 – The adjusted completion percentage of Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, which is highest among QB draft prospects. Adjusted completed passes are those that advance past the original line of scrimmage and are not marked as screens. QB throw-aways and drops are also excluded from this stat.    

2,000 – Three passers had more than 2,000 “air yards” which accounts for passing yards through the air from the line of scrimmage to the spot of completion (and does not include yards after catch.) Johnny Manziel had 2,007 air yards, Derek Carr had 2,068 and Teddy Bridgewater had 2,208.

 

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