Which players in the 2015 draft class are the best at what they do? Based only on college stats (no scouts involved), below is a look at the "best of the draft" in various position-specific traits among quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.
Although scouts have the luxury of information not always present in statistics, there are numbers that add value to the evaluation process. The key is finding the right numbers that control for factors such as type of college offense run, strength of opponents faced and surrounding talent.
Using smarter stats, we will pinpoint the best quarterback, running back and wide receiver in each of the position-specific traits identified by Scouts Inc. in their player evaluations.
The quarterback that is best at...
Accuracy: Marcus Mariota, Oregon -- Mariota completed 68 percent of his passes (fifth in the FBS) with an average pass distance of 8.8 yards past the line of scrimmage. Accounting for the distance of his passes and discarding drops and throwaways, Mariota is the most accurate quarterback in the 2015 class according to a metric called standardized completion percentage. This metric is a truer measure of quarterback accuracy than regular completion percentage and allows quarterbacks from varying college offenses to be compared more fairly.