In the land of the milk-eyes, skim is king
Defensive End is probably the weakest part of this defense. Basically all you have are run-stopping JAGs on either side of the undersized Ratliff, and next to the underperforming Spencer. If you want more pass-rush, and pocket-collapsing pressure, look absolutely no further than DE. I could attest that getting a stud NT would be the best move, but... where is he? If this defense had JJ Watt, it would be tremendously improved, just from one player. So, who in this year's draft class looks the most like Watt?
We all know how much of a monster JJ Watt is. Last year he absolutely crushed the combine. He posted a very rare set of measurements. As its been said before, its not about getting great numbers in just one drill, its about getting great numbers in a combination of drills. There is not a DE in this draft that is JJ Watt, but who comes close? We'll be using Watt's combine numbers as a guide for these guy's measurables.
|40 Time||Bench Reps||Vert||Jump||3Cone||20 YD S|
All the numbers comined show that Watt was strong, fast, and agile. Lets find out who comes close to meeting that criteria.
Which guys are really fast for being so big? I'm going to set the Watt benchmark at under 4.90.
Now, who is adequately strong? Benchmark at 32 or above.
Onto explosiveness/leg strength. Vert = above 32, Broad Jump = 9' or better.
Let's look at who is the most agile among them. 3 Cone set at 7.3, 20 Yard Shuttle at 4.55 (gotta be generous here with this class).
Finally, I want to look at their production ratios. Bench at 1.20 or above.
Lets look at the overview of all the DE's benchmark hits. X = Benchmark hit, X+ = preferred benchmark hit, and D for a decent score.
Based on benchmarks hit, here is my ranking of this year's DE class. This is just my opinion based on the data range. You won't find a ranking like this anywhere else.
- Quinton Coples
- Fletcher Cox
- Kendall Reyes
- Mike Martin
- Tyrone Crawford
- Kheeston Randall
- Derek Wolfe