Despite an estimated annual spend of $320 million evaluating potential NFL draft picks, the draft is a 50/50 game at best, with a declining hit-rate in the later rounds. This white paper demystifies the complementary nature of tracking data and talent evaluation. Results from studies highlighted in the paper show that coaches and evaluators can improve their hit-rate by up to three times with the proper application of tracking technology and corresponding data.
Leveraging the power of computer vision technology, RA found that the requisite traits found in NFL players can be identified as early as high school. Here’s a pre-read of the results from Recruiting Analytics’ retrospective study of nearly 500 NFL, Power 5 and non-Power 5 players from 2011 to 2020:
High school prospects above the median Recruiting Analytics’ Score of 86.6 proved to be high-ceiling players with a favorable NFL trajectory. These players went on to: • Start 73% of games played collegiately• 98% earned All-Conference honors• 50% earned All-American honors• 95% were drafted by the NFL
Professionally, these players went on to:• Start 71% of games played• 42% were voted to the Pro Bowl• 31% earned All-Pro honors within an average of two seasons
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