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Eddie Lacy, Latavius Murray, Denard Robinson and Updated Explosion Index Rankings

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We now have some more information on workout measurements coming in so I thought I would update the Explosion Index rankings.  One name that I’ve been looking at more over the past few days has been Central Florida running back Latavius Murray, whose combination of workout numbers and rushing yards per game fit the mold of a decent pro running back.  Murray currently sits at 3rd on the Explosion Index behind Christine Michael and Michael Ford. 

One potential problem with the Explosion Index is exposed by Eddie Lacy’s ranking.  Because I only average the standard deviations above/below average for the drills that the player does, the Index might overvalue players that only participate in drills they know they can do well.  Lacy’s performance on the 40 and his size are similar to Le’Veon Bell.  But Bell ranks much lower because he posted subpar performances in the Vertical Leap and Broad Jump.

I’ve also added in Denard Robinson’s name as a running back as Eric Stoner has argued persuasively in the past that Robinson would be best suited to being an NFL running back. Stoner’s reasoning is that Robinson has been accustomed to running back workloads and also receiver is a technician position with a steep learning curve that Robinson might struggle with.  Robinson actually does really well on the Explosion Index despite being penalized for his undersized frame.

Name WT 40 Time Vert Broad Composite (Avg Z-Score)
Christine Michael-Texas A&M 220 4.54 43 125 1.24
Michael Ford-Louisiana State 210 4.50 38.50 130 0.99
Latavius Murray-Central Florida 223 4.38 36 124 0.98
Knile Davis-Arkansas 227 4.37 33.50 121 0.72
Cierre Wood-Notre Dame 213 4.56 37.50 124 0.56
Eddie Lacy-Alabama 231 4.58 NA NA 0.53
Denard Robinson-Michigan 199 4.43 36.50 123 0.46
Rex Burkhead-Nebraska 214 4.73 39 125 0.39
Matthew Tucker-Texas Christian 221 4.55 35.50 118 0.27
Mike James-Miami (FL) 223 4.53 35 115 0.17
Zac Stacy-Vanderbilt 216 4.55 33 122 0.15
Kenjon Barner-Oregon 196 4.52 35.50 122 0.08
D.J. Harper-Boise State 211 4.52 33.50 120 0.08
Giovani Bernard-North Carolina 202 4.53 33.50 122 -0.01
Joseph Randle-Oklahoma State 204 4.63 35 123 -0.01
Le’Veon Bell-Michigan State 230 4.60 31.50 118 -0.02
C.J. Anderson-California 224 4.60 32 119 -0.04
Kerwynn Williams-Utah State 195 4.48 35 118 -0.07
Andre Ellington-Clemson 199 4.61 34 122 -0.19
Onterio McCalebb-Auburn 168 4.34 34 121 -0.20
George Winn-Cincinnati 218 4.75 34.50 119 -0.24
Mike Gillislee-Florida 208 4.55 30.50 119 -0.34
Johnathan Franklin-UCLA 205 4.49 31.50 115 -0.36
Montee Ball-Wisconsin 214 4.66 32 118 -0.38
Stefphon Jefferson-Nevada 213 4.68 31 117 -0.57
Theo Riddick-Notre Dame 201 4.68 32 118 -0.65
Montel Harris-Temple 208 4.68 32.50 113 -0.71
Zach Line-Southern Methodist 232 4.77 30.50 111 -0.75
Robbie Rouse-Fresno State 190 4.80 34 114 -1.10
Stepfan Taylor-Stanford 214 4.76 30 110 -1.13
Ray Graham-Pittsburgh 199 4.80 32.50 112 -1.17
Jawan Jamison-Rutgers 203 4.68 29 110 -1.24

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