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2020 Adjusted SPARQ Scores (Offense)

by Hayden Winks
Updated On: March 16, 2020, 5:10 pm ET

SPARQ does a great job of analyzing overall athleticism, but I showed how little it means for projecting NFL success here. The reason it’s not very helpful as a predictor is because it’s measuring overall athleticism, not the exact athletic traits a prospect needs to play his position in the NFL. For example, the athletic traits a corner needs (speed, agility) are a lot different than the athletic traits a defensive tackle needs (burst, strength), but the SPARQ formula doesn’t change based on position. 

That’s where Adjusted SPARQ comes in. The formulas for Adjusted SPARQ change by position -- and sometimes even within positions (RB, WR, DT, EDGE) -- to put the proper weight on the athletic traits that have historically been better at predicting success in the NFL. Overall, athleticism is still just a small part of a prospect’s total profile, but I prefer Adjusted SPARQ to other composite athletic scores. Here are the results of the 2020 NFL Draft Class:

 

2020 Adjusted SPARQ Scores

* = Incomplete Combine profile.

 

RBs

How to read this: “A.J. Dillon is a 97th percentile adjusted SPARQ athlete.”

Prospect

Adjusted SPARQ Percentile

SPARQ Percentile

A.J. Dillon

0.97

0.97

Jonathan Taylor

0.96

0.90

Antonio Gibson*

0.89

0.83

Rico Dowdle*

0.74

0.81

Cam Akers*

0.71

0.54

JaMycal Hasty*

0.70

0.90

Joshua Kelley

0.65

0.47

D'Andre Swift*

0.63

0.60

Eno Benjamin

0.62

0.72

Clyde Edwards-Helaire*

0.60

0.68

Darius Anderson*

0.60

0.78

Darrynton Evans*

0.58

0.84

Sewo Olonilua*

0.53

0.72

Patrick Taylor*

0.53

0.48

James Robinson

0.52

0.88

Javon Leake*

0.44

0.32

Anthony McFarland*

0.43

0.18

Ke'Shawn Vaughn*

0.42

0.35

Brian Herrien

0.40

0.62

DeeJay Dallas

0.31

0.40

Zack Moss*

0.30

0.28

Lamical Perine

0.23

0.51

Salvon Ahmed*

0.20

0.27

Tony Jones

0.18

0.27

Scottie Phillips

0.16

0.07

LeVante Bellamy*

0.14

0.72

Raymond Calais*

0.12

0.67

J.J. Taylor

0.05

0.33

Benny LeMay*

0.05

0.02

 

Overall, this is a decent running back class in terms of depth... J.K. Dobbins opted to not participate, but the other top prospects did (Jonathan Taylor, Cam Akers, D’Andre Swift, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire) and they all finished as above-average Adjusted SPARQ athletes… A.J. Dillon and Antonio Gibson had monster performances at the Combine and are squarely on the Day 2/3 borderline… You can read my early scouting reports and statistical evals on the running back class here

 

 

WRs

How to read this: “Henry Ruggs is a 99th percentile adjusted SPARQ athlete.”

Prospect

Adjusted SPARQ Percentile

SPARQ Percentile

Henry Ruggs*

0.99

0.99

Donovan Peoples-Jones

0.97

0.99

Devin Duvernay

0.93

0.68

Dezmon Patmon

0.91

0.85

Denzel Mims

0.89

0.95

Chase Claypool

0.83

0.98

K.J. Osborn

0.79

0.81

Brandon Aiyuk*

0.76

0.89

Darnell Mooney*

0.69

0.66

Tyrie Cleveland

0.69

0.89

Justin Jefferson

0.68

0.82

Antonio Gandy-Golden

0.67

0.57

Binjimen Victor

0.65

0.59

Quez Watkins

0.64

0.49

Kalija Lipscomb

0.64

0.54

Kendrick Rogers

0.59

0.63

Joe Reed

0.58

0.89

Marquez Callaway

0.58

0.74

Juwan Johnson

0.58

0.64

CeeDee Lamb

0.57

0.71

Jalen Reagor

0.57

0.93

Stephen Guidry

0.57

0.28

Freddie Swain

0.53

0.69

Gabriel Davis

0.51

0.39

Michael Pittman

0.47

0.86

John Hightower

0.46

0.74

Isaiah Hodgins

0.45

0.71

Isaiah Coulter

0.43

0.27

Omar Bayless

0.41

0.30

Jerry Jeudy

0.38

0.22

Tee Higgins 0.36 NA

Jeff Thomas*

0.33

0.54

K.J. Hill*

0.32

0.19

Quintez Cephus

0.26

0.49

Cody White

0.22

0.29

Chris Finke*

0.17

0.71

Trishton Jackson

0.16

0.47

Tony Brown

0.14

0.22

Jauan Jennings

0.13

0.08

Austin Mack

0.13

0.09

Aaron Fuller*

0.07

0.11

Aaron Parker

0.04

0.07

 

Overall, the depth of this class lived up to the hype... Henry Ruggs’ 4.27 forty vaulted him into the 99th percentile, and Donovan Peoples-Jones, Devin Duvernay, Dezmon Patmon, Denzel Mims, and Chase Claypool weren’t far behind in Adjusted SPARQ… CeeDee Lamb (57th percentile) and Jerry Jeudy (38th percentile) are closer to average athletes, which is fine, but could keep them out of the top-8 selections on draft night after the OTs tested through the roof at the Combine…  You can read my early scouting reports and statistical evals on the receiver class here

 

 

TEs

How to read this: “Albert Okwuegbunam is a 93rd percentile adjusted SPARQ athlete.”

Prospect

Adjusted SPARQ Percentile

SPARQ Percentile

Albert Okwuegbunam*

0.93

NA

Adam Trautman

0.73

.67

Colby Parkinson

0.70

.18

Cole Kmet

0.64

.77

Dalton Keene

0.54

.80

Stephen Sullivan

0.42

.47

Brycen Hopkins

0.36

.50

Charlie Woerner

0.32

.43

Charlie Taumoepeau

0.27

.65

Devin Asiasi*

0.26

.32

Josiah Deguara

0.20

.58

Harrison Bryant

0.18

.15

Hunter Bryant

0.16

.32

Dom Wood-Anderson*

0.15

.25

C.J. O'Grady

0.14

.40

Jared Pinkney*

0.09

NA

Mitchell Wilcox

0.02

.09

 

Overall, this tight end class sucks. I didn’t think the tape was good, and the athleticism was really bad… Albert Okwuegbunam crushed the weight-adjusted forty, and then called it a day (probably because he has below-average agility). Albert O was the only tight end to finish above the 75th percentile level… Hunter Bryant, Harrison Bryant, and Jared Pinkney watched their stocks drop with sub-20th percentile athleticism. Hunter Bryant’s scores really surprised me… You can read my early scouting reports and statistical evals on the tight end class here.

 

 

OTs

How to read this: “Mehki Becton is a 100th percentile adjusted SPARQ athlete.”

Prospect

Adjusted SPARQ Percentile

SPARQ Percentile

Mekhi Becton*

1.00

NA

Tristan Wirfs

0.97

0.99

Matt Peart

0.96

0.67

Alex Taylor

0.95

0.38

Ezra Cleveland

0.91

0.92

Austin Jackson

0.89

0.83

Terence Steele

0.82

0.31

Charlie Heck

0.80

0.39

Jedrick Wills*

0.74

0.72

Andrew Thomas

0.71

0.54

Jack Driscoll

0.69

0.67

Joshua Jones

0.60

0.45

Hakeem Adeniji

0.54

0.75

Yasir Durant*

0.51

0.06

Colton Mckivitz

0.27

0.17

Cameron Clark

0.23

0.12

Justin Herron

0.23

0.30

Saahdiq Charles*

0.19

NA

Trey Adams

0.18

0.02

Tremayne Anchrum

0.15

0.15

Kyle Murphy

0.13

0.22

Calvin Throckmorton

0.04

0.04

 

Overall, this offensive tackle class is awesome, especially at the top... All of the first round prospects finished as above-average athletes, including Mekhi Becton (100th percentile) and Tristan Wirfs (97th) who were breathtakingly fast for their size. Ezra Cleveland, Austin Jackson, Jedrick Wills, and Andrew Thomas were great athletes, too… Joshua Jones was the only highly-respected OT prospect to finish as an average athlete, but he should still pass most athletic thresholds.

 

 

iOLs

How to read this: “Danny Pinter is a 94th percentile adjusted SPARQ athlete.”

Prospect

Adjusted SPARQ Percentile

SPARQ Percentile

Danny Pinter

0.94

0.67

Damien Lewis*

0.85

0.61

Cesar Ruiz

0.84

0.78

Nick Harris*

0.83

0.31

Jon Runyan

0.72

0.57

Matt Hennessy

0.70

0.67

Lloyd Cushenberry*

0.59

NA

John Molchon

0.57

0.71

Shane Lemieux

0.52

0.19

Keith Ismael

0.52

0.55

Darryl Williams

0.47

0.11

John Simpson

0.45

0.57

Cordel Iwuagwu

0.35

0.09

Logan Stenberg

0.18

0.18

Jonah Jackson

0.12

0.09

Tyre Phillips

0.10

0.06

Jake Hanson*

0.05

NA

 

Overall, the interior offensive linemen were solid, but I’d be somewhat surprised if an interior lineman was selected within the top-20 picks… Michigan C Cesar Ruiz testing in the 84th percentile should lock him into the top-3 in positional rankings, and there were a few “risers”, too. Danny Pinter, Damien Lewis, and Matt Hennessy looked good out there… But it’s important to remember that athleticism is a very small portion of an interior lineman’s total evaluation.

 

 

What's Next

1. Position-Adjusted SPARQ

2. Early QB Rankings (Analytics)

3. Early TE Rankings (Analytics)

4. Early RB Rankings (Analytics)

5. Early WR Rankings (Analytics)

6. Which Combine Tests Matter

7. 2020 Adjusted SPARQ Scores (Offense)

8. 2020 Adjusted SPARQ Scores (Defense)

9. Analytics Top 250

10. Winks Top 250

11. Mock Draft

12. Analytics Draft Grades