2017 NFL Draft Analytics: Reuben Foster

2017 NFL Draft Profiles  

Reuben Foster

Pursuit Linebacker

Team Alabama
Age (On Draft Day) 23
Height 6-0
Weight 229
Arm Length 32.375
Hand Size 10.25
Age Percentile 55.75
MSA Rating Score 74.73
Production Percentile 71.29
Explosive Lower Body Strength Score DNP
Speed Score DNP
Flexibility Score DNP
Bench DNP

 

Prospect CHECKLIST

Yes All-Pro and Pro Bowl Age Percentile: 54 or Higher 100% of Multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl LBs Since the 1996 NFL Draft Class were in the 54 Percentile or Higher of age ranked from youngest to oldest
No All-Pro and Pro Bowl MSA Rating Score: 84.22 or Higher 100% of Multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft Class had an MSA Rating score of 84.22 or Higher
Yes Starter MSA Rating Score: 50.10 or Higher 91.2% of Multiple 64 Start or more LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft Class had an MSA Rating score of 50.10 or higher
No All-Pro Solo Tackle MS Production: 90 or Higher 100% of Multiple All-Pro LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft Class were in the 90 or Higher Percentile of Solo Tackle Market Share Production
No Pro Bowl Solo Tackle MS Production: 77 or Higher 100% of Multiple Pro Bowl LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft Class were in the 77 or Higher Percentile of Solo Tackle Market Share Production
No All-Pro and Pro Bowl Height: 6-1 or Taller 100% of multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft Class were 6-1 or Taller
No All-Pro and Pro Bowl Arm Length: 31’’ or Longer 100% of multiple All-Pro LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had 31’’ or longer Arm Length
No All-Pro and Pro Bowl Hand Size: 8 3/4’’ or Bigger 100% of Multiple All-Pro LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had 8 3/4’’ or Bigger
DNP All-Pro Explosive Lower Body Strength Score: 83.15 or higher 83% of multiple All-Pro LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had an explosive lower body strength score of 83.15 or higher
DNP Pro Bowl Explosive Lower Body Strength Score: 65 or higher 100% of multiple Pro Bowl LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had an explosive lower body strength score of 65 or higher
DNP Starter Explosive Lower Body Strength Score: 8.96 or higher 100% of 64 start or more LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had an explosive lower body strength score of 8.96 or higher
DNP All-Pro Speed Score: 77.27 or higher 100% of multiple All-Pro LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had a speed score of 77.27 or higher
DNP Pro Bowl Speed Score: 64.08 or higher 83% of multiple Pro Bowl LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had a speed score of
DNP Starter Speed Score: 6.45 or higher 100% of 64 start or more LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had a speed score of 6.45 or higher
DNP All-Pro Flexibility Score: 77.27 or higher 100% of multiple All-Pro LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had a flexibility score of 77.27 or higher
DNP Pro Bowl Flexibility Score: 61.21 or higher 100% of multiple Pro Bowl LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had a flexibility score of 61.21 or higher
DNP Starter Flexibility Score: 1.72 or higher 100% of 64 start or more LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had a flexibility score of 1.72 or higher
DNP All-Pro Bench: 22 or more reps 100% of multiple All-Pro LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had 22 or more bench reps
DNP Pro Bowl Bench:  17 or more reps 100% of multiple Pro Bowl LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had 17 or more bench reps
DNP Starter Bench:  15 or more reps 100% of 64 start or more LBs since the 1996 NFL Draft class had 15 or more bench reps

*MSA Rating: The average score of a prospect’s market share production, strength of schedule and age percentile scores

*Explosive Lower Body Strength Score: A score formulated from a prospect’s vertical, broad jump and mass density measured against all his positional peers since 1998.

*Speed Score: A score formulated from a prospect’s 40-yard dash and mass density measured against all his positional peers since 1998.

*Flexibility Score: A score formulated from a prospect’s short shuttle, 3-Cone and mass density measured against all his positional peers since 1998.

 

Metric Analysis: Reuben Foster has an average starter profile. Even without his athleticism testing and bench press. He did not hit All-Pro or Pro Bowl level solo tackle market share production. To go with being an older and shorter prospect as well. And if you think it is bright to take a linebacker top 10 who hasn’t proven he has elite athletic upside with a production profile like this.

Then you will reap the consequences. There are legit concerns on film with Foster from missed tackles to average instincts. But people get so wrapped up with traits, that they don’t step back to see the bigger picture here. He’s not a special linebacker. And he’s not going to be a terrible linebacker either.

But I can’t sit here and allow a player like Foster to go this high without trying to warn people. With various draft analysts comparing him to linebackers he has no business being compared to. It would be unprecedented for a linebacker with Foster’s production profile to be a multiple All-Pro or even a Pro Bowler player. His actual value if he tested average as an athlete is a backup to long-term starter. But with no athleticism testing, I will not engage in a fruitless exercise of Russian Roulette either.

And neither should you.

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