Bills’ NFL Combine Measurables: Finding trends at quarterback

03/07/2023
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If you watched the NFL Scouting Combine and were wondering if that burgeoning crush you’re developing is a player who fits the Buffalo Bills’ archetypes, then this series is written especially for you. This series will examine the Bills’ combine measurables by position during the Brandon Beane/Sean McDermott era. Previously, we laid out the format and the statistical composition, and you can find that here as an introduction to the IOL chart. For the rest of the series, there will be less of the math class talk, and a little more description of the types of players who exemplify those traits.

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Components

The chart below details the average scores for that year’s group of rostered players. “Rostered” is important because these are not just drafted players, but the accumulation of all the players who spend time on the roster, regardless of acquisition method. The combine columns are items you are already familiar with if you clicked on this article, and the last column you likely already know too, Relative Athletic Score (RAS). RAS was created by Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb on Twitter), and it combines a player’s combine results and uses position-specific formulas to convert them into a score that can be compared between athletes. RAS uses a scale of 1-10, and a score of 10 is considered perfect.

The Range lines are the far extremes, plus or minus, that the Bills have rostered. For QBs, the historical averages for their height and weight are 75″ (6’3″) and 228.7 pounds respectively. The biggest hand size any Bills’ QB has had is, of course, Josh Allen at 10.125″. The smallest is Case Keenum at 9.125″. You get the idea.

The “SD” lines might be strange if you’re unfamiliar with standard deviation and/or didn’t read the first article, but the link above will get you there.

The QB Chart

Compare the Bills’ average composite QB with Mockdraftable’s average for the position within the league as a whole:

  • Weight: 221.78
  • Height: 74.84″
  • Arm Length: 32.02″
  • Hand Size: 9.59″
  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.83
  • 10-Yard Split: 1.67
  • Vertical: 31.29″
  • Broad: 110.9″
  • 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.34
  • Bench: 18.7

To offer an idea of what some of the outliers look like, here are the far ends of some key QB measurables:

  • Height: Tallest, Derek Anderson 78″ (6’6″); Shortest, Tyrod Taylor 72″ (6’0″)
  • 3 Cone: Fastest, Tyron Taylor, 6.78; Slowest, Derek Anderson, 7.67
  • 10-Yard Split: Fastest, Josh Allen, 1.59; Slowest, Tie, Nathan Peterman and Matt Barkley, 1.75

Considering the Bills have only rostered more than two QBs in two of the six McBeane years, the sample size is significantly lower than most other positions. Allen’s five years of data pretty easily make him the mode within the sample, so we’ll include his RAS card as the typical example:

RAS for the Composite

The caveat remains throughout this series that prospects who are outside of the Bills’ athletic profile are not automatically expunged from the draft board. In fact, it might even be more telling when a player who doesn’t fit the profile is drafted because it means they like other aspects of the player’s game to move forward with acquiring him despite the fact that he didn’t fit what they usually look for.

 

You can find Chris on Twitter (@lowbuffa), getting dirty in #MafiaGardens, or watching football. Go Bills!

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