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The Post-Combine RotoViz Scouting Index – Version 8

Welcome to the eighth version of the 2016 RotoViz Scouting Index. I’ve combined player rankings from a half-dozen scouting websites into a single score for each prospect. Let’s see if last week’s NFL combine moved the needle on any prospect evaluations.

Remember, this is a composite of scout rankings – not number-cruncher rankings like you’ll normally find here at RotoViz. Also check out the last edition for a slight tweak to methodology. Here’s the first version of post-combine rankings, highlighting which players have moved up or down.

Quarterbacks

QBTIMES RANKEDAVE RKPOS SCOREScore RankChange
Carson Wentz61.58711.0
Jared Goff61.58710.0
Paxton Lynch63.07830.0
Connor Cook54.45840.0
Dak Prescott56.05051.0
Christian Hackenberg56.44861.0
Cardale Jones57.6427-2.0
Kevin Hogan57.64271.0
Jacoby Brissett59.83181.0
Nate Sudfeld511.82192.0
Jake Coker513.21419-7.0

Carson Wentz and Jared Goff remain deadlocked at the top of the standings. That’s obvious from looking at their score rank, but it’s also apparent by looking at their average ranking. A 1.5 for each means an even split among the component rankings: Three websites rank Goff first and Wentz second; three rank Wentz first and Goff second. All six sites agree that Paxton Lynch is the third-best quarterback in this draft class. After that, opinions start to vary.

Editor’s Note: Corrected an error in the score rank column 3/10/16.

Running Backs

RBTIMES RANKEDAVE RKPOS SCOREScore RankChange
Ezekiel Elliott6.01.018610
Derrick Henry6.02.018020
Kenneth Dixon6.04.816330
Paul Perkins6.06.21554-1
Alex Collins5.04.01405-1
Devontae Booker5.04.014050
Kenyan Drake5.07.61227-1
Kelvin Taylor6.012.21198-1
Jordan Howard5.08.41189-3
C.J. Prosise5.09.211410-2
Jonathan Williams5.010.610711-2
Josh Ferguson5.012.29912-2
Tyler Ervin5.013.89113-1
Deandre Washington5.014.48814-1
Daniel Lasco5.016.677153
Aaron Green5.018.86616-5
Wendell Smallwood5.019.06517-2
Keith Marshall5.019.264182
Devon Johnson5.019.66219-5
Peyton Barber5.020.85620-4
D.J. Foster4.018.85321-4
Storm Barrs-Woods4.023.33522-3

At the running back position, the average rankings present universal agreement. Ezekiel Elliott is the top RB, Derrick Henry is second, and then Alex Collins and Devontae Booker are tied for the next spot.

However, Kenneth Dixon and Paul Perkins jump both of them if we sort by score rank instead. That’s because Dixon and Perkins were ranked at all six sites, versus just five for Collins and Booker. So Dixon and Perkins were able to accumulate more points in my scoring system.

But there’s also more diversity of opinion on Dixon and Perkins. Here’s how they ranked:

  • Collins: 3, 3, 3, 5, 6
  • Booker: 3, 3, 4, 4, 5
  • Dixon: 3, 4, 4, 4, 6, 8
  • Perkins: 4, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9

As you can see, there’s a broader range of opinion for Dixon and Perkins. In Shawn Siegele’s prospect rankings, he ranks these four in this order: Dixon (fourth overall), Booker (sixth), Perkins, and Collins (t-eighth). In this Scouting Index, they rank Dixon (third), Perkins (fourth), Collins, and Booker (t-fifth). Lots of agreement between these two systems of prospect ranking, but if you trust Siegele more than the film scouts (I do), then Perkins looks mildly overvalued by the scouts right now.

Editor’s Note: Corrected an error in the score rank column 3/10/16.

Wide Receivers

WRTIMES RANKEDAVE RKPOS SCOREScore RankChange
Laquon Treadwell61.223910
Josh Doctson63.222720
Corey Coleman63.722430
Will Fuller64.022240
Michael ThomasO65.721250
Tyler Boyd66.021061
Braxton Miller66.32087-1
Sterling Shepard69.518980
Rashard Higgins612.717090
Leonte Carroo613.3166100
Pharoh Cooper57.8166110
Kenny Lawler512.8141121
Tajae Sharpe517.0120131
De'Runnya Wilson518.011514-2
Aaron Burbridge518.8111150
Kolby Listenbee519.2109165
Malcolm Mitchell416.399170
Charone Peake522.095188
Bralon Addison418.09219-3
Demarcus Robinson420.38320-2
Geronimo Allison420.58221-2
Chris Brown423.8692210
Keyarris Garrett424.068232
Jordan Payton424.56624-4
Nelson Spruce430.84125-3

Laquon Treadwell earned five of six first-place ranks; Corey Coleman earned the other. Josh Doctson and Coleman generally mix it up for the second and third place spots, but Will Fuller is universally regarded as the fourth best prospect right now.

Chris Brown (plus 10 spots) and Charon Peake (plus eight) are the big risers. Kolby Listenbee also jumps five spots. Kevin Cole explores whether or not Peake is the next Martavis BryantJon Moore thinks Listenbee’s efficiency makes him worth monitoring. Here’s how the three compare.

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Tight Ends

Row LabelsCount of POS. RANKAverage of POS. RANKSum of POS SCORE
Hunter Henry61.072
Nick Vannett63.060
Austin Hooper52.652
Tyler Higbee66.241
David Morgan59.418

Nothing much to report here, except that David Morgan makes his debut on the revamped scouting index.

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