2017 NFL Draft Analytics Profile: James Conner

2017 NFL Draft Profiles  

James Conner

Running Back

Team Pittsburgh
Age (On Draft Day) 21.99
Height 6-1
Weight 233
Arm Length 31.25
Hand Size 9.875
MSA Percentile 89.86
Market Share Percentile 79.84
Age Percentile 82.59
Explosive Lower Body Percentile 34.17
Speed Percentile 54
Flexibility Percentile 50.30
3-Cone 7.28
Bench 20

 

Prospect CHECKLIST

Yes

 

All-Pro Height Threshold 5-8 or Taller 97% of Multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl RBs since the 1989 NFL draft class were 5-8 or >
Yes 31” Arm Length or Longer 92% of Long-term Starters had at least 31’ Arm Length since 1999 NFL Draft Class
Yes 8 7/8 Inch Hand Size or Bigger 100% of All-Pro and Pro Bowl RBs since the 1999 NFL draft class had at least 8 7/8-inch hand size or >
Yes 5-Time All-Pro and 5-Time Pro Bowl MSA Percentile: 70 or Higher 100% of 5-Time All-Pro and 5-Time Pro Bowl RBs since the 1969 NFL Draft Class had at least 70 MSA Percentile Score or >
Yes 3-Time Pro Bowl MSA Percentile: 59 or Higher 93% of 3-Time Pro Bowl RBs since 1969 NFL Draft Class had at least 59 Percentile MSA Percentile Score or >
Yes Long-term Starter MSA Percentile: 51 or Higher 91% of all RBs since the 1969 NFL Draft Class with at least 64 starts in their career had at least a 51 MSA Rating Percentile Score or >
Yes All-Pro Age Percentile of 79 or Higher 100% of Multiple All-Pro RBs since the 1989 NFL Draft Class were in the 79 or Higher Percentile of age ranked from youngest to oldest on draft day
Yes Pro Bowl Age Percentile of 57 or Higher 100% of Multiple Pro Bowl RBs since the 1989 NFL Draft Class were in the 57 Percentile or >
No All-Pro Market Share Production Percentile: 89 or Higher 100% of Multiple All-Pro RBs since the 1981 NFL Draft Class had a MS production score of 89 or higher
Yes 5-Time Pro Bowl Market Share Production Percentile: 69.45 or Higher 75% of 5-Time Pro Bowl RBs since the 1981 NFL Draft Class had a MS production score of 69.45 or higher
Yes 3-Time Pro Bowl Market Share Production Percentile: 51.91 or Higher 88% of 3-Time Pro Bowl RBs since the 1981 NFL Draft Class had a MS production score of 51.91 or higher
Yes Explosive Lower Body Strength Score: 4 or higher 100% of Multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl RBs since 1999 had at least a score of 4 on the explosive lower body strength score
Yes Speed Score: 32.4 or higher 100% of Multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl RBs since 1999 had at least a speed score of 32.4 or higher
Yes Flexibility Score: 39.6 or Higher 100% of Multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl RBs since 1999 had at least a flexibility score of 39.6
No Athleticism Score: 79.28 or higher 90% of Multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl RBs since 1999 had at least a one athleticism score (Explosive lower body, speed, or flexibility) of 79.28
No 3-Cone: 7.09 or faster 92% of Multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl RBs since 1999 had a 3-Cone of 7.09 or faster
Yes Bench: 17 or More 100% of Multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl RBs since 1999 had at least 17 reps on the bench press

*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: Despite poor agility and explosiveness numbers, James Connor profiles decently as a starting back. He doesn’t have a shot of being an elite running back. But there is potential for him to have a Benjarvus Green-Ellis/Jeremy Hill type of career arc. Everything from production and age point toward an outcome like that. So, I would be keen to see where he lands, and the type of competition he should face that could unlock this potential.

 

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One thought on “2017 NFL Draft Analytics Profile: James Conner

  1. Revisiting Conner, I like him a lot more than I did on first view. I noticed that, when taking his Pro Day numbers into account, he tested pretty similarly to Arian Foster, and I can see that being his upside comp. One of three RB’s to average over 10 yards per target (McCaffrey and Mixon being the others), and his pass protection should improve. I like him as a versatile RB, who excels at reading blocks and grinding out tough yards – keeps you ahead of the sticks.

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