Dave Caban reviews Version 3.0 of the RotoViz Scouting Index and marvels at its stellar group of Wide Receivers.
Version 3.0 of the RotoViz Scouting Index (RSI) includes some significant movements but it’s clear that the scouts have dug their heels in on a number of prospects.1 Let’s take a look.
- As noted in previous versions, Will Grier remains undervalued. He should not be behind Drew Lock, Daniel Jones, or Tyree Jackson.
- Jackson is a tremendous athlete, however, per the Box Score Scout, his collegiate production produces an undesirable group of comparable players.
- Josh Allen may be an intriguing comp given his rookie season but keep in mind that Jackson’s awful completion percentage contributes to his match with Allen.
- Outside of Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, and Grier, I find Brett Rypien and Gardner Minshew to be the most intriguing.
- That said, this is not a strong quarterback class and I don’t expect Rypien or Minshew to be future fantasy contributors.
- It’s shocking that Devin Singletary remains in the top-five of the RSI, let alone the top-three. I’ve been more critical of him than any other prospect in my RotoViz career. I can understand some of the enthusiasm given his prolific college production but I can’t wrap my head around his ranking being higher than Darrell Henderson’s.
- Henderson is my favorite back in the class given his tremendous college output and strong athletic profile.
- Despite a lower ranking from the scouts, I’ll be hoping that Trayveon Williams lands in a favorable situation. His junior season at Texas A&M was remarkable. He rushed for 1,760 yards on 271 carries while adding 18 rushing touchdowns and controlling at least 70 percent of every rushing market share metric we track.
- I was glad to see Miles Sanders move into the top-five. He’s a great athlete who may be going overlooked due to a lack of career level production. When not playing behind Saquon Barkley in his junior season he produced favorable numbers.
- The 2019 class of wide receivers is an exciting one with a number of prospects that could be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. I would slate N’Keal Harry and A.J. Brown ahead of D.K. Metcalf but the RSI’s top-three is hard to argue with.
- Parris Campbell crushed the combine with 4.31 speed. Similar to players like Percy Harvin, Campbell was a versatile player in college. He returned 30 kicks for an average of 30 yards and rushed 23 times for an average of nine yards and two touchdowns. With a rising draft stock, he should be ranked higher.
- A number of analysts including Josh Norris and Evan Silva believe that Hakeem Butler could be the best WR in the class.
- Butler is an imposing physical specimen at 6 feet 5 inches and 227 pounds and boasts an above 75th percentile speed score.
- His notable athletic comps include Marques Colston, A.J. Green, Kenny Britt, and Michael Floyd.
- In his junior season at Iowa State, Butler amassed over 1,300 yards, averaging 22 yards per reception. He accounted for 42 percent of passing yards and 45 percent of touchdowns.
- This is important as final season production is one of the better predictors of NFL success. However, it should be noted that Butler is one of the oldest prospects in the class.
- The class also has depth with a number of players ranked outside of the top-five that could become significant NFL contributors.
- Small school darling (UMass) Andy Isabella blazed at the combine, matching Campbell’s 4.31 speed. In addition to a tremendous athletic profile, Isabella posted impressive production when opposing Power-5 defenses. As an upperclassman, even the mighty defenses of the SEC struggled t0 keep him in check.
- Isabella boasts one of the most impressive group of comps you’ll ever see.
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- While not as fast as Isabella, Emanuel Hall recorded a 4.39 forty at the Combine and ridiculous explosion.
- Hall used this athleticism to average over 20 yards per reception while at Mizzou. He has the potential to be a deep-ball threat if paired with the right quarterback.
- Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson remain distanced from the pack. The Iowa duo will be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft and a case can be made for drafting both in the first round of rookie drafts.
- Matthew Freedman is a major believer in Irv Smith Jr. and argued that he’s a fringe first-round rookie draft pick on RotoViz Radio.
- Please note that one of the sources included in Versions 1.0 and 2.0 has been removed as it did not make any changes post Combine. (back)