Data Drop: Before the Draft Edition

Categories: NFL Draft, Statistics
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Published on: April 21, 2013

The 2013 NFL Draft is less than a week away.  All the draft analyzers are putting in their final push to get everything in order for the big day.  In the spirit of getting everything in order, I’ve added a load of new data to the site.  Check the Draft Numbers menu for everything.

I’ve added my entire list for wide receivers and pass receiving tight ends.  I’m a bit scared of putting that up, actually.  There was a time when I said I wasn’t going to do that.  I’m scared because I don’t have a good metric for understanding what these numbers predict.  The numbers are an indication of the pass catching talent of that player separate from the quarterback and offensive scheme.  However, I don’t think the numbers will predict receiving yards or touchdowns at the end of a season.  My major project for the summer will be to connect these numbers to something more meaningful and concrete, like I have with quarterbacks.  Until then, we can just look at the nice pretty list.

One note, the tight end data refers to pass catching ability only.  There are many other factors that make a quality tight end other than being able to catch passes, most notably blocking ability.  The tight end list only ranks tight ends on the single measure of pass catching.

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