|Daily Blog •February 4, 2015|
PS#'s from High School to the NFL.
As National Singing Day is upon us I wanted to take a look at how my PS numbers translate into last seasons Freshman All-American Team as well as how they relate to the NFL Draft.
The PS#’s are invaluable for me to rank a teams specific unit, be it the OL or LB’s, the overall offense, defense and special teams and most importantly the combined ranking for each program.
For those of you new to PhilSteele.com, I have included “What is a PS Number?” as taken from the 2014 Phil Steele College Football Preview with a few updates. Click image below for larger view of article.
When analyzing the data from my 2014 Freshman All-American team I had to say I was even surprised by the results. You will see below that of the 12 players on offense, 9 were VHT’s and 11 of the 12 were HT’s or VHT’s. The only exception was BYU’s Tejan Koroma who was “only” a PS#272 as he came out of high school at 250 lbs but a few months later played as a true freshman at 280 lbs!
On defense I also named 12 players to my list with 6 of them having VHT rankings out of high school and 10 of the 12 being HT’s or higher. The only 2 players that were ranked slightly lower each red-shirted in 2013 giving them valuable experience and another year of muscle building.
The special teams were no different and in fact all 4 that I named to my list were HT’s or higher. Here again is my 2014 Phil Steele Freshman All-American Team.
|PHIL STEELE'S FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN TEAM|
|(Range for Postion)||OFFENSE (13)||• = True Frosh|
|YES (1-30)||#11 ('13)||QB||J.T. Barrett, Ohio State|
|YES (1-40)||#9||RB||• Nick Chubb, Georgia|
|YES (1-40)||#22||RB||• Samaje Perine, Oklahoma|
|HT (61-150)||#123 IFS||WR||• Mike Dudek, Illinois|
|YES (1-60)||#4||WR||• KD Cannon, Baylor|
|YES (1-60)||#12 IFS||WR||• Artavis Scott, Clemson|
|YES (1-30)||#19QB ('13)||TE||Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech|
|HT (76-250)||#120DL||OL||• Jashon Robertson, Tennessee|
|#272||OL||• Tejan Koroma, BYU|
|YES (1-100)||#26 IFS||OL||• Toa Lobendahn, USC|
|YES (1-100)||#30 ('13)||OL||Billy Price, Ohio St|
|YES (1-100)||#1 IFS||OL||• Cam Robinson, Alabama|
|(Range for Postion)||DEFENSE (13)|
|YES (1-75)||#42||DL||• Derek Barnett, Tennessee|
|YES (1-75)||#3||DL||• Myles Garrett, Texas A&M|
|HT (76-250)||#126||DL||• Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss|
|HT (76-250)||#95 IFS||DL||• KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech|
|HT (76-200)||#87 ('13)||LB||Darron Lee, Ohio St|
|YES (1-75)||#57 ('13)||LB||Nigel Bowden, Vanderbilt|
|HT (76-200)||#167 ('13)||LB||Jerod Fernandez, NC St|
|#261 ('13)||LB||Taylor Young, Baylor|
|#348 ('13)||DB||Parry Nickerson, Tulane|
|YES (1-75)||#14||DB||• Budda Baker, Washington|
|YES (1-75)||#4||CB||• Adoree' Jackson, USC|
|YES (1-75)||#3||S||• Quin Blanding, Virginia|
|(Range for Postion)||SPECIALISTS (4)|
|VHT (1-10)||#4||P||• JK Scott, Alabama|
|HT (11-35)||#28 ('13)||K||Matthew McCrane, Kansas State|
|HT (61-150)||#129WR||PR||• De'Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska|
|YES (1-40)||#27RB||KR||• Stanley Williams, Kentucky|
Lastly, I wanted to look ahead to this years NFL Draft and compare how a players PS# may translate into a successful college football career with NFL potential.
I used my friend Todd McShay for his insight and below you will find his “Updated Top 32 NFL prospects” as listed on his ESPN Insider article dated January 28, 2015.
This time the results blew me away. Of the 32 players he has projected to be first-rounders EVERYONE was an HT or higher! Among the 32 players were 24 VHT’s and among those two dozen players 14 were “Uber-VHT’s” meaning they were in the top 25% of my VHT rankings.
|Todd McShay's TOP 32|
|#17||UBER VHT||Leonard Williams||1||USC||Jr||6-5||290||DE|
|#2||UBER VHT||Jameis Winston||2||Florida State||Soph||6-4||235||QB|
|#5JC||UBER VHT||Randy Gregory||4||Nebraska||Jr||6-6||245||DE|
|#31||HT (-1)||Marcus Mariota||6||Oregon||Jr||6-4||211||QB|
|#64||HT (-4)||Devante Parker||8||Louisville||Sr||6-2||207||WR|
|#7||UBER VHT||Arik Armstead||9||Oregon||Jr||6-7||285||DE|
|#2||UBER VHT||Andrus Peat||11||Stanford||Jr||6-6||315||OT|
|#126JC||HT||Kevin White||12||West Virginia||Sr||6-2||211||WR|
|#2||UBER VHT||Dante Fowler Jr.||13||Florida||Jr||6-2||271||DE|
|#1||UBER VHT||Landon Collins||14||Alabama||Jr||6-0||212||S|
|#44||VHT||Ereck Flowers||16||Miami (FL)||Jr||6-6||325||OT|
|#3||UBER VHT||Eddie Goldman||17||Florida State||Jr||6-3||315||DT|
|#22||UBER VHT||T J Clemmings||19||Pittsburgh||Sr||6-4||313||OT|
|#118||HT||Trae Waynes||20||Michigan State||Jr||6-1||182||CB|
|#10||UBER VHT||Devin Funchess||22||Michigan||Jr||6-4||235||WR|
|#36||VHT||Devin Smith||24||Ohio State||Sr||6-0||199||WR|
|#2||UBER VHT||La'El Collins||25||LSU||Sr||6-4||324||OT|
|#58||VHT||Denzel Perryman||26||Miami (FL)||Sr||5-11||248||ILB|
|#80||HT (-5)||Carl Davis||28||Iowa||Sr||6-4||318||DT|
|#19JC||UBER VHT||Jaelen Strong||29||Arizona State||Jr||6-3||212||WR|
|#4||UBER VHT||Malcom Brown||30||Texas||Sr||6-3||317||DT|
|#1||UBER VHT||Dorial Green-Beckham||31||Oklahoma||Jr||6-4||225||WR|
|#49||VHT||Phillip Dorsett||32||Miami (FL)||Sr||5-10||182||WR|
Keep checking the blog daily as I will be releasing all my “UBER-VHT’S” later in February