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The RotoViz Scouting Index – Composite Rankings – Version 7

The RotoViz Scouting Index (RSI) aggregates NFL draft prospect rankings from across the web. Check the first iteration for a full explanation. Version 7 marks the second post-combine update to the RSI and includes cross-positional composite rankings.

I’ve split the last few iterations of the RSI into separate posts. One for quarterbacks and tight ends, and then another for running backs and wide receivers. But since the scouting sites we’re tracking have very little movement at QB and TE, there’s not much to say about those positions. I will offer one new twist though. By standardizing the RSI scores at each position, we can combine them into an overall set of scout-based rankings.

Quarterbacks

QB AVE RK SCORE N RSI RK RSI CHG
Deshaun Watson 1.9 72 7 1 0
Mitchell Trubisky 2.0 71 7 2 0
DeShone Kizer 2.4 68 7 3 0
Patrick Mahomes 3.7 59 7 4 0
Brad Kaaya 5.7 46 6 5 0
Davis Webb 6.3 42 6 6 0
Nathan Peterman 6.5 41 6 7 0
Jerod Evans 8.5 29 6 8 0
Joshua Dobbs 8.7 28 6 9 0
Chad Kelly 10.5 17 6 10 1
C.J. Beathard 10.6 16 5 11 1
Seth Russell 11.6 11 5 12 -2

Despite Deshaun Watson’s poor ball velocity, nothing has changed at the top of the board. Mitchell Trubisky and DeShone Kizer just had their pro days within the last week; Patrick Mahomes has his on March 31st. We’ll see if Version 8 of the RSI shows any movement in what is essentially a dead heat among the top three.

Running Back

Note that I’m just showing the top dozen RBs in the table here, but the overall rankings at the end will have all 26 RBs that made Version 7.

RB AVE RK SCORE N RSI RK RSI CHG
Leonard Fournette 1.4 148 7 1 0
Dalvin Cook 1.6 147 7 2 0
Christian McCaffrey 3.1 136 7 3 0
Alvin Kamara 5.6 119 7 4 0
D’Onta Foreman 7.6 105 7 5 1
Wayne Gallman 7.6 105 7 6 1
Joe Mixon 7.7 104 7 7 -2
Samaje Perine 8.3 100 7 8 0
Kareem Hunt 8.9 96 7 9 0
Marlon Mack 10.2 87 6 10 0
Brian Hill 10.6 79 5 11 1
Jeremy McNichols 11.8 77 6 12 -1

As we’ve noted before, the RBs are rather tightly bunched in both average ranking and RSI score. Looking at the RSI score column, you can also see some natural tiers forming. There’s a clear top three, then another tier that runs down to Kareem Hunt, then a third tier after that.

Despite the close rankings, there isn’t a lot of movement. Here are the positional rankings for the top 12 over time.

RB 3-Jan 17-Jan 26-Jan 11-Feb 27-Feb 12-Mar 24-Mar
Leonard Fournette 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Dalvin Cook 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Christian McCaffrey 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Alvin Kamara 9 5 8 4 4
D’Onta Foreman 4 4 4 5 6 5
Wayne Gallman 6 6 6 9 7 6
Joe Mixon 9 7 7 4 5 7
Samaje Perine 4 5 5 8 6 8 8
Kareem Hunt 5 10 12 9 11 9 9
Marlon Mack 14 14 10 10
Brian Hill 11 12 16 12 11
Jeremy McNichols 7 8 10 10 11 12

Wide Receiver

Again, I’m looking at just the top dozen here, but the overall rankings will include all 36 WRs that made this version of the RSI.

WR AVE RK SCORE N RSI RK RSI CHG
Corey Davis 1.6 196 7 1 1
Mike Williams 1.7 195 7 2 -1
John Ross 2.9 187 7 3 0
Zay Jones 6.7 150 6 4 2
JuJu Smith-Schuster 6.8 149 6 5 0
Cooper Kupp 7.5 145 6 6 -2
Chris Godwin 10.6 133 7 7 1
Carlos Henderson 10.9 131 7 8 8
Curtis Samuel 5.8 128 5 9 3
Isaiah Ford 11.6 126 7 10 -3
ArDarius Stewart 11.2 118 5 11 0
Taywan Taylor 13.1 115 7 12 -2

Here we see some players moving up or down the board. Chris Godwin made a big leap last time around, and adds another spot this time. We also see Carlos Henderson make a big leap, climbing eight spots.

We also see some trends over time.

WR 3-Jan 17-Jan 26-Jan 11-Feb 27-Feb 12-Mar 24-Mar
Corey Davis 2 1 2 2 2 2 1
Mike Williams 1 2 1 1 1 1 2
John Ross 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Zay Jones 7 8 6 4
JuJu Smith-Schuster 4 4 4 4 4 5 5
Cooper Kupp 6 6 5 5 5 4 6
Chris Godwin 16 21 8 7
Carlos Henderson 14 12 16 8
Curtis Samuel 12 9
Isaiah Ford 7 7 7 6 6 7 10
ArDarius Stewart 9 11 11 11
Taywan Taylor 10 14 13 19 10 12

Corey Davis is back on top. Zay Jones didn’t appear until Version 4 but has been climbing steadily since. Cooper Kupp seems impervious to concerns about both athleticism and production. Curtis Samuel began as a RB in the RSI, but has been consistently ranked as a WR recently. Godwin, Henderson, and Samuel all made late debuts but are now considered top-10 WR prospects.

Tight Ends

Here are the top eight; the overall rankings show all 17 TEs.

TE AVE RK SCORE N RSI RK RSI CHG
O.J. Howard 1.0 96 7 1 0
David Njoku 2.4 86 7 2 0
Evan Engram 3.1 81 7 3 0
Bucky Hodges 4.3 73 7 4 0
Jake Butt 5.9 62 7 5 0
Jordan Leggett 6.4 58 7 6 0
Gerald Everett 7.2 53 6 7 0
Adam Shaheen 6.2 51 5 8 1

Overall Rankings

As promised, here are all the players at all positions from Version 7 of the RSI. I standardized each player’s RSI score, then sorted from greatest to least. Enjoy.

PLAYERPOSSTD SCOREAVE POS RKRSI POS RK
Corey DavisWR2.061.61
Mike WilliamsWR2.051.72
John RossWR1.892.93
Leonard FournetteRB1.871.41
Dalvin CookRB1.851.62
O.J. HowardTE1.831.01
Christian McCaffreyRB1.583.13
David NjokuTE1.472.42
Deshaun WatsonQB1.421.91
Mitchell TrubiskyQB1.382.02
Evan EngramTE1.293.13
DeShone KizerQB1.252.43
Zay JonesWR1.186.74
Alvin KamaraRB1.175.64
JuJu Smith-SchusterWR1.166.85
Cooper KuppWR1.087.56
Bucky HodgesTE1.014.34
PATRICK MAHOMESQB0.863.74
Chris GodwinWR0.8510.67
D'Onta ForemanRB0.837.65
Wayne GallmanRB0.837.66
Carlos HendersonWR0.8110.98
Joe MixonRB0.807.77
Curtis SamuelWR0.765.89
Isaiah FordWR0.7211.610
Samaje PerineRB0.718.38
Jake ButtTE0.615.95
Kareem HuntRB0.618.99
ArDarius StewartWR0.5611.211
Taywan TaylorWR0.5113.112
Jordan LeggettTE0.476.46
Amara DarbohWR0.4512.413
Marlon MackRB0.3910.210
Chad HansenWR0.3314.014
Malachi DupreWR0.3313.615
Brad KaayaQB0.305.75
Gerald EverettTE0.297.27
K.D. CannonWR0.2415.016
Adam ShaheenTE0.226.28
Dede WestbrookWR0.2015.217
Brian HillRB0.2010.611
Jeremy McNicholsRB0.1511.812
Davis WebbQB0.136.36
Josh ReynoldsWR0.1016.018
Nathan PetermanQB0.096.57
James ConnerRB0.0012.813
Jamaal WilliamsRB-0.1914.214
Jeremy SprinkleTE-0.219.59
Michael RobertsTE-0.219.510
Corey ClementRB-0.3415.015
Donnel PumphreyRB-0.3415.216
Jehu ChessonWR-0.3420.619
Noah BrownWR-0.3620.220
Stacy ColeyWR-0.3620.221
Jerod EvansQB-0.438.58
Ryan SwitzerWR-0.4420.122
Artavis ScottWR-0.4621.823
Joshua DobbsQB-0.478.79
Travis RudolphWR-0.4822.024
Jonnu SmithTE-0.5311.011
Matthew DayesRB-0.5817.017
Kenny GolladayWR-0.5920.825
Elijah McGuireRB-0.7718.218
T.J. LoganRB-0.7717.019
Eric SaubertTE-0.7811.312
Fred RossWR-0.8622.626
Shelton GibsonWR-0.8624.327
Josh MaloneWR-0.8823.028
George KittleTE-0.8912.813
Travin DuralWR-0.9026.429
Elijah HoodRB-0.9219.820
Chad KellyQB-0.9510.510
Cole HikutiniTE-0.9613.314
Aaron JonesRB-0.9720.221
C.J. BeathardQB-0.9910.611
DeVeon SmithRB-1.0721.022
Mack HollinsWR-1.1125.230
Blake JarwinTE-1.1414.515
Amba Etta-TawoWR-1.1528.032
Trent TaylorWR-1.1529.031
Joe WilliamsRB-1.1621.823
Seth RussellQB-1.2111.612
Darrell DanielsTE-1.2114.816
Tarean FolstonRB-1.2121.324
Damoreea StringfellowWR-1.2630.233
Pharaoh BrownTE-1.2815.217
Dare OgunbowaleRB-1.3323.225
Tarik CohenRB-1.3322.826
Ricky Seals-JonesWR-1.3426.334
Gabe MarksWR-1.3630.835
Alek TorgersenQB-1.3812.313
Rodney AdamsWR-1.4031.336

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