NFL Scouting Combine: Green Bay’s Top Athletes

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As the NFL Scouting Combine draws to a close, with the final field workouts taking place on Sunday, complete sports profiles for hundreds of prospects come together.

So now is the time to analyze the current Packers roster to identify the best athletes in Green Bay, based on their metrics when they entered the league.

A few notes and disclaimers before we get started:

The ratings come from Kent Lee Platte’s Relative Athletic Score (RAS) model. Ratings compare players to others on their position on a scale of 0 to 10.

These ratings are based on a player’s performance in the following parameters: height (height, weight, and bench press), speed (40-yard dash, 20-yard gap, and 10-yard gap), explosion (vertical leap and leap wide) and agility (shuttle and 3-cone drills).

A rating of 5.00 represents a perfectly average athlete at his position, or to put it another way, a player in the 50s.and percentile. A player with a rating of 10.00 is a true elite athlete in his position.

The list below only includes players currently expected to make the roster in 2022, according to Spotrac.

Players with incomplete scores have been excluded from the list.

Here is the full list, followed by a few observations:

  1. Rashan Gary – 9.95

  2. Steven Wirtel – 9.88

  3. Preston Smith – 9.8

  4. Ty Summers – 9.71

  5. Jair Alexander – 9.54

  6. Eric Stokes – 9.37

  7. Elgton Jenkins – 9.34

  8. Aaron Jones – 9.21

  9. AJ Dillon – 9.16

  10. Jonathan Garvin – 8.98

  11. Royce Newman – 8.72

  12. Adrian Amos – 8.63

  13. Dean Lowry – 8.62

  14. Alizé Mack – 8.54

  15. Josiah Deguara – 8.52

  16. Jon Runian – 8.49

  17. Cole Van Lanen – 8.49

  18. Jordan Love – 8.44

  19. Marcedes Lewis – 8.35

  20. Darnell Savage – 8.34

  21. Danny Etling – 8.31

  22. TJ Slaton – 7.96

  23. Tyler Davis – 7.91

  24. Kenny Clark – 7.54

  25. Isaiah McDuffie – 7.33

  26. Kylin Hill – 7.31

  27. Kabion Ento – 7.3

  28. Kiondre Thomas – 7.29

  29. Billy Turner – 7.18

  30. Juwann Winfree – 7.16

  31. Aaron Rodgers – 7.16

  32. Patrick Taylor – 7.14

  33. David Bakhtiari – 6.72

  34. Rico Gafford – 6.15

  35. Kurt Benkert – 5.84

  36. Amari Rodgers – 5.37

  37. Jack Heflin – 4.94

  38. Sémar Jean-Charles – 4.27

  39. Za’Darius Smith – 3.73

  40. Randall Cobb – 3.65

  41. Ladarius Hamilton – 3.45

Comments:

Rashan Gary is Green Bay’s top athlete compared to his positional peers. Brian Gutekunst decides to bet on the explosive potential of Gary who juxtaposes only a modest production in Michigan. The bet is successful.

Gutekunst has a thing for athletes. The average RAS score of the players he drafted in the first two rounds is 9.18. Josh Myers didn’t have a full score, while Josh Jackson scored 9.27. That should be kept in mind when considering who the Packers can target, especially early in the draft.

The Packers general manager’s penchant for elite athletes even extends to the long snapper position, with Steven Wirtel boasting Green Bay’s second-best RAS.

Ty Summers may be somewhat of a surprise in fourth place. Summers posted “good” scores for speed and explosion, and “good” scores for size and agility.

Za’Darius Smith and Randall Cobb are the most notable players who have enjoyed a high level of success in the NFL despite poor RAS.

Shemar Jean-Charles is the only Gutekunst draft pick on the roster who posted an RAS below 5.

The relative athletic scores of Green Bay’s top free agents are as follows:

  • Yosh Nijman (FRG) – 9.81

  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling – 9.27

  • Allen Lazard (FRG) – 8.58

  • Rasul Douglas – 6.93

  • Davante Adams – 6.54

  • De’Vondre Campbell – 6.22

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