2017 NFL Scouting Combine: WR Athleticism Analysis

Wide receiver is another one of the misunderstood positions at the Combine, because it’s not about having a Calvin Johnsonesque performance. As much as having at least one above average athleticism trait. The vast majority of consistently elite wide receivers in the NFL had at least one above average athletic trait with only a few exceptions. Following this line of thinking would have put Wes Welker, Antonio Brown and many other wide receivers on your radar versus throwing them into the trash can after putting up a few below average traits. Wide receivers can win in a variety of ways and we need to start thinking about which prospects maximize their athleticism on tape.

And which ones don’t. So here is the chart for wide receiver scores in explosiveness, speed and flexibility.


The players who put up 90 percentile or higher athleticism scores were:

  1. Chris Godwin
  2. Curtis Samuel
  3. Jerome Lane
  4. John Ross
  5. Krishawn Hogan
  6. Robert Davis
  7. Speedy Noil
  8. Taywan Taylor
  9. Zach Pascal
  10. Zay Jones

These are players who have athletic traits that if they have the skill and a smart offensive coordinator can be matchup nightmares to the majority of NFL defenses.

And the same goes for the wide receivers who hit 80 percentile or higher athletic traits in:

  1. Amara Darboh
  2. Ardarius Stewart
  3. Bug Howard
  4. Carlos Henderson
  5. Chad Hansen
  6. Cooper Kupp
  7. Fred Ross
  8. Isaiah McKenzie
  9. Jehu Chesson
  10. Josh Malone
  11. Malachi Dupre
  12. Quincy Adeboyejo
  13. Ryan Switzer

In addition to many others who had at least one above average athleticism trait. So I will go back to crunching numbers with the tight end position. And I will post those results later today.


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