As the prospects for the NFL draft are analyzed every year, numbers always appear: how big, how high, how short, how difficult, how fast, how slow, and so on. But there are always a few who force a double takeover because their numbers are staggeringly rare or they have played the game much more than they should. These are the remote ones – the guys who make the scouts go hmm.
Past examples include linebacker Josey Jewell, whose time of 4.82 to 40 yards on the combine in 2018 caused him to fall to the fourth round despite three seasons in Iowa with 120 games. He has since played 30 games for the Denver Broncos. Another example is the 5-foot receiver Deonte Harris, who signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie in 2019 and led the league in returning footage that season. Or Orlando Brown Jr., a two-time Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year who has completed what is still considered one of the worst workouts in combine history; The Baltimore Ravens selected him to 83rd overall and was selected to three Pro Bowls and traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a massive four drafts, including a first-round winner.
Sometimes there are remote values, the number of which, whether good or bad, simply does not match what a player can bring to the NFL team. Here are some of the 2022 class who have already shaken in the war rooms across the league and will watch the draft unfold at the end of the month.
Outliers: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
Scouts Inc .: 16
If one can be truly “unique” in any endeavor, Davis is the player in this or any draft.
There are big guys in every draft, fast guys in every draft, and guys with shocking physical qualities in every draft. But Davis’ combination of all these elements makes him a shortlist candidate even for the most experienced HR assessors.
Look, people sometimes misunderstand the whole 40-yard thing. Most long-term scouts do not overestimate this in the draft process, but it is a number that can be easily compared from year to year, and each scout with many hotel points will get all the information about a potential customer. When a 6-foot-6 and a 341-pound defensive tackle has swung over 40 yards in 4.78 seconds, as Davis did in Indianapolis, it will catch your eye.
Its 10-foot-3-inch stand-up jump was better than many wide receivers placed on combine harvesters, and its 32-inch vertical jump was better than some runners. This is the rarest air for the big line. Davis was already considered the best candidate for his performance on the field in Georgia’s ridiculous defense, but the numbers sometimes confirm this and Davis’s numbers confirm that there is no player other than him in this draft.
The largest of the largest outliers: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
Scouts Inc .: 60
The NFL is by nature a world of great players in many places, so most of the league is somehow immune to the simple size of the players around them on a daily basis. It’s just a part. But Faalele – weighing 6-8 and 384 pounds, with a shoulder span of 85 1/8 inches – is the biggest player in this draft and one of the biggest players ever evaluated.
He is believed to be the toughest harvester player since Aaron Gibson of Wisconsin weighed 386 pounds in 1999. Faalele said at the harvester that he actually weighed 426 pounds when he got to Minnesota and then played 34 games (31 starts) with the right solution.
Faalele is probably the choice of day 2 in this draft, although some scouts have asked how big it is too big for the NFL. When asked how his size affected his game, Faalele said, “How strong I am. Since I’m bigger, I have longer arms, so I use those intangible things to my advantage. … The biggest challenge is always the level of the mat. may get lower. That’s something I’ve worked on during my career. “
Better looking outliers: Isaiah Weston, WR, Northern Iowa
Scouts Inc .: 360
When a player’s production doesn’t move the hand so much, but his training numbers do, evaluation experts say he has “qualities” that give him potential. It often forces scouts and general managers to come back and watch the game video again. In this concept, Weston could have forced the most controversy.
The 6-foot-4 and 214-pound ran 4.42 to 40 in the combine, had a 40-inch vertical jump and included an 11-foot-3 standing wide jump – all elite results for any receiver, but rare for a receiver of its size . Throw in his 78 3/4-inch hand span, essentially longer than many tackle and defensive lines in this draft, and he’s remote training / measurable.
Weston had only 37 catches last season, two or fewer receptions in six games, but was still the second team selected by the All-Missouri Valley Conference team. But keep in mind that his team from northern Iowa ran the ball more than they threw it (433 runs vs. 345 assists) on the way to a 54.5% completion rate compared to the three quarterbacks who played in 2021. It’s it is a player who drives on his routes in one speed and needs to add some texture to his game, but this is exactly the type of player that some teams choose much earlier than many expected due to his characteristics.
Bonus: This category also includes Virginia Jelani Woods – 6-foot and 253-pound, who ran 4.61 on combine harvesters.
The smallest of the small outliers: Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis
Scouts Inc .: 80
Austin is one of the most dubious players in the league, simply because he measures 5 feet and 170 pounds, although he was listed at an optimistic 5 feet by 9 in Memphis. for the Tigers he produced two seasons per 1,000 yards with an average of 16.3 yards per catch. Austin also made the most of his Senior Bowl week as he constantly played against more notable players and showed the scouts a top understanding of the game.
But when he will be selected during the draft weekend can be determined by how soon the team can look beyond Austin’s height.
Exceptional value without combination: Eric Johnson, DT, Missouri
Scouts Inc .: 154
For many, Johnson is the highest-ranked candidate in this draft, who has not been invited to a Boy Scout combine. But most of the time, he played well enough during his college career to be invited to a combine harvester, and in the weeks after that he was tested enough to show that he should be there. Nevertheless, the list of non-combined players who are selected each year is usually quite short.
Johnson made the most of his appearances at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Senior Bowl. People enjoyed the 40-yard time of his professional day (4.87 hand-measured), which is one of the fastest for a defensive player in this draft. However, they are interested in his game strength – he had 20 repetitions of 225 pounds under pressure on the bench – and in other parts of the testing he was not so explosive.
Either way, Johnson has a major game biography with 48 career matches, including starts in the last 42 matches of his college career. He only had 5.5 sacks in his five seasons, but he’s a player who crawls on the draft tables as the judges continue to study his game.
Departure of statistics accumulation: Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky
Scouts Inc .: 139
There is always a quarterback on the board who is considered too small, too easy and / or maybe too slow, but has a lot of passes and touchdowns. This year, this quarterback is Zappe, which will be pushed down for some, as it is barely six feet, 1/2 feet and 215 pounds tall. And while it’s almost the same measurement as Liberty’s Malik Willis, who is one of the best quarterbacks at 6 feet 1/2 and 219 pounds, Zappe will need a quarterback trainer or offensive coordinator to pound the famous table. much more than Willis.
Zappe, unlike many quarterbacks, decided to run a 40-yard dash on the combine and turned him around 4.88. Scouts also sometimes harassed him with slow delivery to go with a selection of wiretaps that he thought about. But when the task is to throw the ball, Zappe set FBS records in the number of passes in the season (5,987) and touchdowns in the season (62) in the high-volume Hilltoppers pass. He had two games with at least 500 yards per pass, along with eight of at least 400 yards.
“I don’t think there’s a single quarterback in history who doesn’t want to throw 680 times a season,” Zappe said. “It’s amazing. Coach [Zach Kittley] he gave me, he said, Lamborghini keys. I could report and leave the game, whatever I thought was appropriate, whatever I saw the defense doing. And I think how it translates into the NFL is only a partial knowledge of the game. Being able to read the defense, being able to see what the defense sees, is the defense in pre-snap. And I think it will continue to help me throughout my NFL career. ”
History has not always been kind to these types of QBs, but Zappe has shown NFL teams that he knows the game and understands much of what he sees in defense. And his future in the NFL will depend on whether the coach believes there is enough work to move forward.