2020 Freak Scores: Henry Ruggs Blazes But a Sleeper Posts a Truly Epic Score
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Image Credit: Frank Mattia/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Henry Ruggs.

Freak Score is our scaled metric that uses height, weight, and speed to project the TD-scoring potential for NFL prospects. Unlike many other measures for an NFL prospect’s size/athleticism profile, the Freak Score gives us a measure that directly relates to an important element of fantasy scoring. If you aren’t adjusting for the importance of height, then you’re missing the critical element.

The Freak Score also helps us differentiate between the truly freakish players and those who are “just” professional athletes. The Freak Score is scaled 1 to 100, and the incomparable Calvin Johnson sets our scale at 100. Megatron ran a 4.35 at 6-foot-5, 237 pounds. Take a look at some of the other names at the top of the list.

 
RANK PLAYER HT WT FORTY FREAK
1 CALVIN JOHNSON 77 239 4.35 100
2 D.K. METCALF 75 228 4.33 91
3 STEPHEN HILL 76 215 4.28 90
4 DARREN WALLER 78 238 4.46 90
5 VINCENT JACKSON 77 241 4.46 90
7 TYRONE CALICO 76 223 4.34 89
9 DARRIUS HEYWARD BEY 74 210 4.25 86
10 JULIO JONES 75 220 4.34 85
11 DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM 77 237 4.49 84
12 ANDRE JOHNSON 74 230 4.41 82
15 CORDARRELLE PATTERSON 74 216 4.33 81
18 KEVIN WHITE 75 215 4.35 81

After a stretch of years with the top score sitting in the mid-70s, D.K. Metcalf’s transcendent 2019 combine performance jumped over Stephen Hill for No. 2 all time.

Following a breakout campaign, Darren Waller’s 2015 combine performance jumps out as well. He had the size to transition to tight end and the athleticism to create a mismatch at that position. A potential TE transition has been mentioned for one of this year’s standouts as well.

I’ve removed a few of the non-prospects, but the rest of the list reminds us how brutal it was to cover Vincent Jackson or Andre Johnson. Thankfully, we still get to enjoy Julio Jones’ exploits on a weekly basis.

It also presents a few names of caution. Dorial Green-Beckham, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Kevin White all tantalized with their athletic ability, but serious production demerits foreshadowed disappointing NFL careers.

The 2020 class picked up right where 2019 left off. It gave us a threat to John Ross’ record and a size/speed monster to challenge Metcalf. Several other prospects also put on displays that will have them rising up draft boards.

2020 Wide Receiver Freak Scores

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Shawn Siegele

Author of the original Zero RB article and 2013 NFFC Primetime Grand Champion. 11-time main event league winner. 2015, 2017, 2018 titles in MFL10 of Death.

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