Tag:Chad Reuter
Posted on: April 13, 2009 2:23 pm

Chad Reuter: Stopwatch fever

Dashing hopes: Value of 40 times often relative           

The 40-yard dash is the most hyped test of athleticism in sports.

NFL pioneer Paul Brown could not have expected as much when he began using the measure in the 1940s, the test of speed created at that distance because it was the approximation of how far players run to cover a punt.

NFL scouts and executives downplay the statistic, saying it's only one factor in their evaluation process. Yet few of the hundreds of league staff attending the combine or campus pro days are without stopwatches when the 40-yard dash is run. In fact, the combine draws enough attention that it also brings silence. While a player is running the test at Indianapolis, the only sound heard is stopwatches being stopped at the 10-, 20- and 40-yard marks.

Obviously, pro prospects need speed to succeed in the NFL. But there are always questions about whether running a 40-yard sprint can in any way project a player's ability to make plays at the next level.

Those questions can only be answered by reviewing the performance of prospects over time.

Before we analyze the data, clarification is needed on how these times were collected.

First, there is no "official time" for any player.

All NFL teams have their own stopwatches -- thus, their own times -- while the National Football Scouting Service provides hand-held stopwatch numbers from two scouts as well as an electronic time for each player. The electronic time is not a true electronic time; a person manually starts the timer. League sources also have said the times labeled by NFL Network as "official" actually come from a scout seated in the stands in direct view of the finish line.


Chad Reuter is a senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com.


Posted on: April 7, 2009 4:10 pm

Chad Reuter: Trading up?

Hungry to trade up? Numbers show it's usually wrong way to go

The Bears and Broncos kicked off the April festivities with the Jay Cutler blockbuster that brought Denver the 18th overall pick and a third-rounder this year to go along with a first-round pick next year.

By the end of the first round April 25, history tells us eight or nine deals will be completed that involve first-round selections. Another 40-plus will follow over the next six rounds.

It's unlikely many of those trades will come within the top 10 overall picks -- those spots don't hold the allure they once did due to the massive amount of guaranteed money those players will command.

But there will be plenty of buzz in the opening hours at Radio City Music Hall when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the lectern to announce, "There has been a trade."

Do teams trading up to get that coveted prospect or veteran typically get the better end of the bargain? Or does the trade-down philosophy really enable teams to stockpile more contributors on the roster?

Let's investigate.


Chad Reuter is a Senior Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com


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