The RotoViz Scouting Index (RSI) is up and running for 2018. The RSI tracks NFL draft prospect rankings from a variety of traditional scouting sites, giving you quick insight into how incoming rookies are currently being valued over in “real football” land.
This serves as a counterpoint to our usual stats-and-metrics based analysis. Discovering where the stats and film crowds agree and disagree is not only fun but often illuminating. We’ll track the rise and fall of player values throughout the draft season, and assess the impact on player fantasy valuations.
Thanks to the data wizardry of Dave Caban, we’ll be aggregating rankings from a half-dozen popular and well-respected sites. In this installment, I take an initial look at the incoming wide receiver class.
NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings
Make sure to read the introductory article to this series so you understand where the data comes from and how the scores are calculated.
The Top Wide Receiver Prospects
The table packs a lot of useful data. Calvin Ridley is the highest-ranked wide receiver in the 2018 class, with a RSI score of 92 (of a possible 100). He was ranked by all six sites (N) in our pool and had an average rank of 2.3.
Interestingly, Courtland Sutton has a lower total score, but a slightly better average ranking, meaning that some of the sites in the index ranked him higher among wide receivers. You can see a similar phenomenon with Christian Kirk and James Washington. It’s interesting that there’s a bit of discrepancy between the scouting sites, and it will be interesting to see if opinions converge, or diverge. Check out our analysis of each of the top WRs.
- Calvin Ridley
- Courtland Sutton
- Christian Kirk
- James Washington
- Anthony Miller
- D.J. Moore
- Michael Gallup
- Auden Tate
- Dante Pettis
The Best of the Rest
Officially, the RSI only reports on players ranked by four or more of the six sites making up the index. However, some sites are bullish on players that other sites haven’t even ranked yet. As the draft gets closer, some of them may get ranked more frequently, and thus will appear in the index proper. Here are the most interesting names that were ranked at three or fewer sites, along with their RSI score and their average positional rank.
- D.J. Chark – 33.5 RSI, 12.5 average rank
- Marcell Ateman – 27.5 RSI, 3.5 average rank
- Deontay Burnett – 25.2 RSI, 8 average rank
- Tre’Quan Smith – 23.5 RSI, 9.5 average rank