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  • Eagle60
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    Originally posted by FairOaks View Post
    Kelly went to his Pro Day, and the Eagles brought him in for a pre-draft visit. There was definite interest there.

    https://twitter.com/RosterWatch/stat...217600/photo/1

    He was definitely a player more for the future than last year. This year should be much more telling. He's moved up a spot on the depth chart (Cole is gone) and should hopefully have used the offseason to work on what he needed.
    I guess Chip whiffed then. The kid might be bigger, but that doesn't mean he grew a set of balls. I suppose that he could develop into a decent OLB. He's got the tools. He was just so bad at the POA when he played last year. Speed was his only weapon in college and you sure can't teach that. He's on a real short leash. I hope he makes it, but the odds are really against him. Thanks for the info FO!

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  • FairOaks
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    Originally posted by Eagle60 View Post
    Maybe they never interviewed Smith last year?
    Kelly went to his Pro Day, and the Eagles brought him in for a pre-draft visit. There was definite interest there.

    https://twitter.com/RosterWatch/stat...217600/photo/1

    He was definitely a player more for the future than last year. This year should be much more telling. He's moved up a spot on the depth chart (Cole is gone) and should hopefully have used the offseason to work on what he needed.

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  • Eagle60
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    Originally posted by FairOaks View Post
    Marcus Smith was apparently 16th in SPARQ last year:

    http://www.fieldgulls.com/2014/5/8/5...e-sea-mock-2-0

    (that's a Seahawks blogger before last year's draft who was obviously enamored with Smith, and hoped the Seahawks could take him end 1st/very early 2nd). I guess we'll see how it plays out.

    That article also mentions that Jerome Couplin was 5th in SPARQ among safeties last year, and also mentions Josh Huff along the way. Definitely does not seem to be the be-all end-all but may indicate players the Eagles are more inclined to take fliers on.
    Maybe they never interviewed Smith last year?

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  • FairOaks
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    Marcus Smith was apparently 16th in SPARQ last year:

    http://www.fieldgulls.com/2014/5/8/5...e-sea-mock-2-0

    (that's a Seahawks blogger before last year's draft who was obviously enamored with Smith, and hoped the Seahawks could take him end 1st/very early 2nd). I guess we'll see how it plays out.

    That article also mentions that Jerome Couplin was 5th in SPARQ among safeties last year, and also mentions Josh Huff along the way. Definitely does not seem to be the be-all end-all but may indicate players the Eagles are more inclined to take fliers on.

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  • Eagle60
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    Why Howie is out-SPARQ



    Wake-Up Call: The Eagles And SPARQ

    By Sheil Kapadia | May 20, 2015 at 6:00 am



    For those unfamiliar, SPARQ is a metric used to measure speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness. In other words, a prospect’s athleticism. Zach Whitman has more background on his Web site.


    Long story short, SPARQ was created by Nike, and the Seahawks were involved in its development. The details of the formula are no longer public, but Whitman used existing data and information to approximate it. It's not exact, but he calls his version pSPARQ.

    Analytics certainly come into play when the Eagles are scouting players. Vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz did an excellent job of explaining the process before the draft. Under Chip Kelly, the Eagles want to be a height/weight/speed team. They have prototypes at each position, and they don't want to build a team of exceptions.

    "Big picture wise, you want to play with the odds, not against the odds," Marynowitz said in April. "And the odds are telling you that the majority of these guys that are under this certain prototype do not play at a starting level in the NFL. If you have seven draft picks, do you really want to waste one, especially in the top three rounds, on a guy that history is telling you... typically these guys with these types of measurables don’t produce at this level?"

    In terms of SPARQ specifically, the Eagles drafted three players who rated very high. Second-round pick Eric Rowe ranked third among cornerbacks in the metric. Third-round selection Jordan Hicks ranked fifth among inside linebackers. And seventh-round pick Brian Mihalik was first among all defensive linemen.


    While SPARQ certainly could be a tool the Eagles utilize, it's just one piece of the puzzle. It's an athleticism metric but does not take into account height/length, which obviously matters at certain positions.

    And there are plenty of other factors as well: a player's production, skill set, scheme fit, #culture rating, etc. Nelson Agholor, for example ranked 66th among wide receivers in SPARQ. Sixth-round picks Randall Evans ranked 65th. JaCorey Shepherd was unranked, presumably because Whitman didn't have the data to input.

    The Eagles use a three-pronged approach to scouting. The first focuses on measurables, and SPARQ (or a similar formula) factors in there. The second is scheme fit/production. And the third is character.

    Marynowitz did say specifically that in the later rounds the Eagles believe in looking for prospects with impressive athletic profiles. The Mihalik selection falls in line with that philosophy.


    This was the first draft with Howie Roseman out and Marynowitz in his new role. As always under Kelly, the measurables mattered.
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