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Analyzing the Analytics of an Analytical Draft- Part 4- Joe Schobert and Derrick Kindred

Thanks for all of the kind words about my previous posts. On this one I'll tackle the two defensive players the Browns selected in the 4th round. Lets refresh ourselves with the criteria:

  1. Athleticism/Size- This not just how fast a player runs his 40 or how many times he bench presses 225 lbs. I will be using each player's RAS or Relative Athletic Score to determine where each player's athleticism ranks. Please follow the link to understand more on how the scores work. High RAS grades are proven to correlate to NFL success, but are not a prerequisite.
  2. Production- In my opinion PFF is the best place to go for production stats so that is what I will be using. You can look at their stats on ESPN if you want, but that doesn't take into account their competition or offense. PFF is also much more detailed than any other production stat you will find.
  3. Character- Pretty self-explanatory.
  4. Team Need/Scheme Fit- Again. Pretty self-explanatory.
  5. Age- This is not the biggest factor and is taken into account much more for free agents or trades, but nevertheless it is something to be considered.

99th Overall- Joe Shobert LB- Wisconsin

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1. Athleticism/Size- Schobert (6'1" 244) is not an exceptional athlete, but does grade above average in some places that count for pass rushers. His SPARQ score of 118.3 puts him in the 43rd percentile of NFL Linebackers (Not including edge rushers). Pass rushers are usually set in two camps: power rushers who take a straight line approach to getting to the quarterback, and speed rushers who bend around the outside to get to the quarterback. Schobert can do both. This is evidenced by his block shedding, 10 yard split, and 3-cone drill being graded above average. Lets take a look at his RAS:

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2. Production- Schobert is known as one of the best block-shedders in this draft class and he had the third-highest PFF grade of any edge player in the class. Playing OLB in Wisconsin's 3-4 set in 2015 he had 76 tackles, 20.0 for loss and 9.5 sacks. A concern for him is his ability to play edge at the next level because of his size and a lot of his production came against blocks from RB's and TE's. He also missed 10 tackled in 2015. He is not a liability in coverage, and showed good lateral agility to cover RB's in the Senior Bowl. He was awarded Big 10 LB of the year in 2015.

3. Character- Former walk-on, originally played at North Dakota. No red flags.

4. Team Need/Scheme Fit- The Browns are obviously placing an emphasis on rushing the passer and high college production; Schobert satisfies those needs. I believe the Browns will use Schobert at inside and outside linebacker where he can rush the passer from all different parts of the field. A definite special teams ace to start at least.

5. Age- 22

Overall, Schobert was a high producing linebacker with underrated measurables. PFF had a second round grade and designated him as one of their top-10 sleepers in the draft. The Browns got good value drafting him at the start of the 4th round.

129th Overall- Derrick Kindred S- TCU

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1. Athleticism/Size- Curiously, RAS does not correlate to success at 2 positions(other than K's and P's): QB and Safety. It's fairly obvious why at QB, but not so much at Safety. I'm not a football expert or anything, I'm just aggregating information into one place, so I can't comment on why this is. But it should go without saying that player must have some sort of athleticism to play in the NFL. Anyway, Kindred did grade out pretty well in most facets of RAS and his SPARQ score of 120.3 was good enough for the 62nd percentile. Lets look at his RAS just for shits and giggles:

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2. Production- Kindred was the 22nd-highest graded Power-5 safety last season in PFF's rankings. He had positive grades in both coverage and run defense. He yielded only 18 of 39 targets into his coverage for 264 yards while breaking up three passes and intercepting two others. He had a bit of an issue with tackling, missing 15 in 91 attempts per PFF.

3. Character- He elected to forego surgery after breaking his collarbone against Minnesota in 2015 and played the rest of the season through a lot of pain. No red flags.

4. Team Need/Scheme Fit- The Browns chose not to re-sign Tashaun Gipson and cut Donte (W)hitner. Kindred will join Ibraheim Campbell, Jordan Poyer, and Rahim Moore at safety. Kindred projects as a SS but looking at his missed tackles and good coverage statistics he could presumably play FS as well.

5. Age- 22

Overall, this pick filled an empty spot at backup safety and Kindred projects to help in special teams right away.

Thanks for reading!

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