Here at PFF we have a signature stat known as pass-rushing productivity. It measures a pass-rusher’s production on a per-snap basis, with weighting toward sacks, giving a good indication of how productive a pass rusher is. With that in mind, you’d expect someone like Myles Garrett, or perhaps Derek Barnett, to have led this draft class in that particular stat. Not so. That honor goes to Hendrickson, who racked up nine sacks, 13 hits, and 55 hurries on just 318 pass-rushing snaps, working out at a pressure once every 4.1 pass-rushing snaps.
There isn’t a more explosive player in the entire draft class than Melifonwu, and I’m not sure it’s close. Clocking in at 224 pounds, Melifonwu had the second-longest broad jump in combine history at 11’9” and the fourth-highest vertical at 44 inches. Oh and he also ran a 4.40 40-yard dash. I’m guessing a good deal of the U.S. population wouldn’t survive getting tackled by Melifonwu at full speed.
Mahomes has the natural skill and playing style to become an instant star in Los Angeles. He has some mechanical issues that need to be worked out and could also use a year behind a veteran quarterback to iron those out. Rivers sat for two years behind Drew Brees, so perhaps that model continues and Mahomes sits behind Rivers for two seasons before taking over and giving the Chargers long-term stability at the most important position.
Over three seasons, Barnett has generated pressure once every 6.0 pass-rushes. Garrett has done it a fraction more often at once every 5.9 pass-rushes as he has seen fewer snaps on the field.
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