A comment that Mark Tyler made earlier in the week about the Washington’s collective speed at wide receiver got me curious about how the team’s top three receivers compared athletically to the receiver groups on other NFC East teams.
To do that, I’ve collected the Relative Athletic Scores (RAS) for (generally) the top 3 wide receivers on each of the NFC East teams below. RAS is a metric created by Kent Lee Platte that aggregates Combine/Pro Day data into a single metric that describes a players overall athleticism. A grade of “5” would be prospect of average athleticism at the position relative to his peers. Have a look at each of their RAS cards below, before the information is summarized in the aggregate in conclusion.
Washington Football Team
Terry McLaurin was one of the few rookies to post more than 50 receiving yards in week one.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) September 10, 2019
His 5/125/1 statline also saw him as one of PFF's highest graded rookie pass catchers.
Like the other rookies to post a line like this week one, he had an elite #RAS coming out. pic.twitter.com/d8uP6RJJvw
With pick 40 in the 2017 NFL Draft, the #Panthers selected Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) May 17, 2019
He posted a good #RAS with poor size, elite speed, good explosiveness, poor agility at the WR position.#Panthers pic.twitter.com/AH3uivaui7
Dyami Brown is a WR prospect in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 8.43 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 389 out of 2471 WR from 1987 to 2021.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 29, 2021
Splits projected, times unofficial, updated height.https://t.co/ZqWl84SCEF #RAS pic.twitter.com/MsR8LPNO9S
If you’re interested in getting even more excited about Brown than you already are, read this piece that looks at both his RAS and his the college production of players and came up with this pre-draft assessment:
Brown’s production is unquestioned as he finished 14th in WROPS in 2019, and upped his game to finish 5th in 2020. There is no better route-runner in this class as Brown gets in and out of his breaks seamlessly across the entire route tree. He will occasionally drop an easy throw, and he is a bit on the small size at just under 6-1 and 190 pounds, but Brown will enter the league with elite soft skills already developed.
The question with Brown was always his athletic profile, and while he’s not the best athlete in his class, his 8.38 RAS is nothing to sneeze at.
His 3-cone and explosion are very good, and he should be able to succeed outside, and in the slot. In fact, given his advanced release technique and his route running (along with occasional drops), a Davante Adams comp isn’t out of the question.
With pick 4 in the 2015 NFL Draft, the #Raiders selected Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 8, 2020
He posted a great #RAS with good size, good speed, okay explosiveness, elite agility at the WR position.https://t.co/4XzoRZtXNO pic.twitter.com/5XeuoAcMdi
With pick 81 in the 2018 NFL Draft, the #Cowboys selected Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 8, 2020
He posted a good #RAS with good size, okay speed, good explosiveness, poor agility at the WR position.https://t.co/a4zmxfEz3b pic.twitter.com/qghPyswTlA
With pick 17 in the 2020 NFL Draft, the #Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 24, 2020
He posted a good #RAS with good size, good speed, good explosiveness, at the WR position.https://t.co/UHTzh3bf8F#DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/WyuRbO7uYi
New York Giants
Kenny Golladay was drafted with pick 96 of round 3 in the 2017 draft class. He scored a 8.95 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 184 out of 1738 WR from 1987 to 2017. #1KReceiverhttps://t.co/8b7mNtQ2et #RAS pic.twitter.com/krpHvbCMTi— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 26, 2021
With pick 171 in the 2019 NFL Draft, the #Giants select Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 27, 2019
Darius Slayton posted a Great #RAS with Okay size, Great speed, Elite explosiveness, Good agility at the WR position. pic.twitter.com/z6OFahlGWJ
Kadarius Toney was drafted with pick 20 of round 1 in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 9 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 252 out of 2517 WR from 1987 to 2021. https://t.co/hqE2FPn0Hj #RAS pic.twitter.com/J5bhGt9vFk— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 30, 2021
For those who think perhaps I was being unfair to Sterling Shepard by leaving him out, his RAS was the lowest of the group at 7.62
Devonta Smith, who is presumably slated to be the Eagles WR1 didn’t generate any data at his Pro Day, so I’ve included Travis Fulgham in the mix, along with the Eagles’ top WR draft picks over the past two years. Ironically, Fulgham, drafted by the Lions in the 6th round of the 2019 draft, is the most athletic of the bunch.
Devonta Smith was drafted with pick 10 of round 1 in the 2021 draft class. He does not qualify for a RAS due to a lack of measurements.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 30, 2021
Smith did not test at his pro day due to a minor injury, and choice.https://t.co/gJh8nQq0rS #RAS pic.twitter.com/zA1zev1gL7
With pick 21 in the 2020 NFL Draft, the #Eagles selected Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 24, 2020
He posted a good #RAS with okay size, okay speed, elite explosiveness, very poor agility at the WR position.https://t.co/RjBvqB0i2u#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/ylOXQOx38w
With pick 57 in the 2019 NFL Draft, the #Eagles selected J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) January 16, 2020
He posted a good #RAS with great size, good speed, okay explosiveness, very poor agility at the WR position.#FlyEaglesFly https://t.co/msCZSS6RAH pic.twitter.com/o2KSl84xxN
With pick 184 in the 2019 NFL Draft, the #Lions select Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 27, 2019
Travis Fulgham posted a Great #RAS with Great size, Poor speed, Great explosiveness, Good agility at the WR position. pic.twitter.com/JmIsa3AvoE
Across the NFC East
The data for the players above is compiled in the table below. It turns out that the Giants actually have the most athletic trio of the group, with an average RAS of 8.96, which is nearly elite across the board. Washington is second, at 8.48 (though Terry has the best RAS of any WR in the NFC East). Dallas’ WRs have an average RAS of 7.31, with the Eagles pulling up the back of the line with an average RAS of 6.74, heavy aided by the inclusion of Fulgham.
Washington actually has the fastest WR corps though, with an average 40 time of 4.37 and all WRs with great or elite speed scores. The Giants average 40 time is 4.42, with Kenny Golladay pulling up the average a bit. Dallas’ WRs average 4.48 40 times, and all possess only good or OK speed scores. Philadelphia’s WRs, with an average 40 time of 4.51 range from OK to poor speed scores (again, not accounting for Smith, who would likely pull this score up).
Looking at broad trends, in terms of the sub-category scores: Washington has the speediest group; Dallas has the most uniformly solid group in terms of size; New York appears to have the most agile and explosive group. The Eagles appear to have made some pretty poor life choices selecting WRs in the 2019 and 2020 drafts. Whether Smith’s petite frame can withstand the tribulations of an NFL season will determine whether they’ve hit the trifecta.
I’d be curious to hear what you think of these receiving corps in the comments.
NFC East WR RAS Scores
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