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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Itís the season of amateur scouting reports. Nearly everyone with a certain degree of interest in the draft has spent some time watching cutups of prospects in an attempt to get a read on their strengths and weaknesses. In some ...

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Old 04-08-2015, 07:55 AM   #1
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Itís the season of amateur scouting reports.

Nearly everyone with a certain degree of interest in the draft has spent some time watching cutups of prospects in an attempt to get a read on their strengths and weaknesses.

In some cases, the available film is limited to a handful of games or plays and opinions are based on whatís available. Itís a faulty system. If those games happen to be the four best a player has played, or the four worst, then public opinion can be inaccurately swayed.

The folks at ProFootballFocus.com are putting an end to this practice. The site watched and charted every college game played this season and have begun releasing some stats, which helps put a value on what weíre seeing (or not seeing). Itís also important to note that these statistics are a piece of the puzzle, not a verdict.

One thing that should be of interest to Saints fans is the siteís statistics on this yearís crop of edge rushers. And perhaps the most interesting thing about the list is that Kentucky pass rusher Bud Dupree, who has been widely projected to be of interest to the Saints, finished outside the top 20 in the siteís ďpass-rushing productivityĒ metric.

Topping that list is Stanfordís James Vaughters, who created pressure every 15.3 times he rushed the passer. The list only considers raw numbers and not the level of competition, so the numbers do have to be taken with a grain of salt.

Among the top pass rushers and possible options for the Saints at the No. 13 pick, Nebraskaís Randy Gregory proved to be the most active pass rusher last season. He finished seventh in the nation with a 13.1 pass-rush productivity score (PRP) by logging 53 total pressures over 316 pass-rushing attempts.
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:24 AM   #2
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Re: Study: Who were the most productive pass rushers in college football?

wow rankings without everything rated to high light reel

wish they would do an overall including run and pass coverage. the complete picture.

Like to point how many times Trey Flowers Ark ranks in the top ten

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Re: Study: Who were the most productive pass rushers in college football?

Kikaha and Odiari look interesting as well.

Kikaha considered a Rob Ninkovich clone.
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That's pretty interesting... Trey Flowers looks much better to me looking at this.
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Re: Study: Who were the most productive pass rushers in college football?

Who follows the code of good morals? Who is going to hustle and play smart? That's who I want on our team. If there was a column for that I would make that the apex of the matter.
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Who follows the code of good morals? Who is going to hustle and play smart? That's who I want on our team. If there was a column for that I would make that the apex of the matter.
Those are the type of players we have been drafting for the last 9 years...

It's time we look at talent and athleticism for a change.
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I think that you have to strike a balance between talent and character. Pure talent rarely makes a player great in the NFL. Danny Wurfell is after fine human being,but all the character in the world would not help if you can't throw a out pattern . Glad I don't have to make these choices.
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Re: Study: Who were the most productive pass rushers in college football?

Gregory ranked pretty low......I'm surprised.
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I found it interesting that the top pass rusher in the SEC has rarely translated well into the NFL. It reads like a list of NFL busts.
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Problem you face when interpreting these statistics is that there's a greater disparity in the level of competition faced at the college level than at the NFL level...

In the NFL you face sophisticated passing offenses each week with the worst pass protection still able to slow down the best pass rushers...

Kinda like the Reggie Bush Syndrome - Bush's speed could always find a weak link in the opposition's defense in college, at the ProLevel, he faced LBers that could run like deer and suddenly Reggie Bush's advantage wasn't so great...
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