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I wonder if there is a way to measure 2 factors that seem to make a real difference in how good a recruit will become. Amari Cooper was a 4* but even I could tell he has an amazing first step and acceleration. Maybe his top end speed is not sub 4.4 which might be needed to make him a 5* but is there a measure for what makes him special? How about a laser measured 15 yard dash?
Then how about Rashaad Johnson? What makes him go from walk-on to NFL star? Is it off the chart football IQ? I know they make every NFL potential player take an IQ test but I don't that's a perfect measure of football IQ. Is it just something a trained eye has to pick up watching the kid play in HS or is there a way to measure it? Like percentage of the time he's in the right or wrong place? That might be pretty hard to do what else?
umm... yes, no, what about him, i don't know, possibly, probably, i'm sure that has something to do with it, you got me.
Those are all good questions which I can't answer, but maybe someone on the board can.
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Amari is awesome but I think the ranking services got it right at the time. He was kind of seen as a prospect that was good at everything but I believe his HS team didn't throw the ball a lot. I remember him getting a lot of kudos at the Under All-American game and got consideration as a high 4 star. I think he's one of those prospects that just play lights outs with pads on and underneath the lights. Most 5 star WR's have Julio Jones type measureables.
I was one that said Cooper would be a star last year. But I never thought he was unfairly ranked either.
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Through observation (and IMHO), the missing factor that cannot be seen is "peak". Every kid is different. Some may hit their athletic peak at 17-18 while others at 20. Amari is a prime example. He started peaking his senior year and we even began to hear rumblings of how great he was going to be at some of the 7 on 7's. Yet, he was still just a 4*.
Conversely, you have some 5 stars who have already hit their peak and it's easy to see that they are great players.
TWatts may have some input on this one.
This post was edited by BamaBrown43 13 months ago
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Amari's measurables show up in the stat sheet and not at camps and combines. When I saw him go up and take that ball in the Ole Miss game I knew he was legit. We havent had a player with that kind of ball-getting skills in a long time.
It should be noted that Cooper was behind Black (in some opinions) and White before the season. Injuries helped speed up his playing time some and he made the most of the opportunities.
We also happen to have a great QB that can spread the ball around and find open receivers..
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