Robert Simpson

Robert Simpson

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How NFL Teams Can Take Advantage of Tracking Data

How NFL Teams Can Take Advantage of Tracking Data

The big data arms race has made its way to the NFL, which is no surprise due to the wealth of information that can be provided by tracking data. Using radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags in players’ shoulder pads and the ball, the NFL tracks the location and movement of all players on the field every […]

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The 10 Best Recruiters in College Football

One of the core pillars of a successful college football program is a strong recruiting staff. While there is much discussion around the best coaches in terms of Xs and Os, these operators on the road can often be overlooked. 247 Sports has an annual ranking of the best recruiters in college football. These rankings […]

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The Analytics Behind One Coach’s Very Aggressive Tactics

The Analytics Behind One Coach’s Very Aggressive Tactics

The new Presbyterian College football coach, Kevin Kelley, won nine Arkansas high school state championships using a unique strategy. His teams, which compiled a 216-29-1 record, almost never punted the ball and always tried onside kicks – unless they were up by 21 points or more. Now that he has graduated to the college level, […]

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Using ASI to Project FBS Players

Using ASI to Project FBS Players

Prior to the NFL Draft, we introduced the Athletic Success Indicator (ASI), a metric to project performance in the NFL based on combine and pro day testing numbers. A similar methodology can be used to predict which high school players have the athleticism to play at the FBS level. For a point of comparison, publicly […]

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Data Supports the Idea of Giving Rookie Quarterbacks Time to Develop

Data Supports the Idea of Giving Rookie Quarterbacks Time to Develop

There is often a debate about when rookie quarterbacks should start in the NFL. While the answer to this question can be largely situational, it is possible to look back at how QBs who started immediately have fared compared to those that were given some time to develop before seeing the field. The dataset for […]

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Using ASI to Determine Which Teams Had the Most Athletic Draft Class

Using ASI to Determine Which Teams Had the Most Athletic Draft Class

Before the draft, we introduced the Athletic Success Indicator (ASI) and used it to find a few potential draft sleepers and busts. Looking back at all the action last weekend, a few teams seemed to target especially athletic prospects. To evaluate the most athletic draft classes, teams were ranked by the average ASI of their […]

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Using ASI to Identify Some Potential NFL Draft Sleepers and Busts

Using ASI to Identify Some Potential NFL Draft Sleepers and Busts

Last week, we published an article on the Athletic Success Indicator (ASI), which uses prospects’ Combine and pro day testing numbers to predict NFL success. ASI was found to be over 56% accurate for every position and could correctly predict if a player would be successful in the NFL at up to 79% accuracy for […]

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First-Round Draft Simulation (Don’t Call It a Mock)

First-Round Draft Simulation (Don’t Call It a Mock)

The NFL draft is a complicated process. Teams value players differently on factors such as positional needs, talent evaluation and medical concerns. The possibility of teams trading picks adds a layer of complexity and intrigue as well. This draft simulation attempts to account for all of these factors, calculate the percent chance of teams selecting […]

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Athletic Success Indicator: Using Combine Data to Predict NFL Success

Athletic Success Indicator: Using Combine Data to Predict NFL Success

The NFL Combine is one of the biggest events in the lead-up to the draft. Scouts weigh, measure and time prospects in a variety of drills. The fastest 40-yard dash times often make headlines, but how important are these results? Are good performances in some areas more important than others? Can these results be used […]

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Top 15 Offensive Tackle Prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft

Each week, we’ve been ranking the top 10 NFL draft prospects at different positions. Well, since offensive tackle is such an important position of need for any team, let’s give you the top 15: 1. Penei Sewell, Oregon, 6-6, 330 A native of American Samoa, Sewell was the first Polynesian and first Oregon player to […]

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