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  1. I don't retract my disagreement with how we've spent our Draft and FA cumulatively. However, the picks themselves are something I think we may well look back on as really solidifying this line, potentially for the next decade. First off, some background. RAS stands for Relative Athletic Score. It's a metric created by Kent Platte, and it compares things like size, speed, explosion, and agility to previous prospects. It's remarkably effective at projecting future success for draft picks, especially on the OL. Of the 25 pro bowl tackles selected in the first round that have been measured by this metric, 21 have over a 8.00 RAS. Looking over all the metrics, low scores are consistently excellent at predicting bad players, and high scores are consistently excellent at predicting good players. The same logic seems to apply to Falcons drafts. Since 2008, we have made a total of 13 OL picks under Dimitroff. These are their RAS scores, already adjusted to account for the increase in athleticism of prospects coming out. Adjusted RAS Scores Sam Baker: 4.32 Garrett Reynolds: 1.35 Mike Johnson: 1.91 Joe Hawley: 6.71 Andrew Jackson: 6.34 Peter Konz: N/A (scores not calculated, didn't do anything but bench, which went poorly - a bad sign in and of itself) Lamar Holmes: 5.01 Jake Matthews: 9.50 Jake Rodgers: 6.93 Wes Schweitzer: 7.38 Sean Harlow: 5.96 Chris Lindstrom: 9.84 Kaleb McGary: 9.83 As you can see, I've already bolded the ones who were over that 8.0 score criteria. Pretty impressive, right? I'd be hard pressed to spend an early pick on a guy who didn't fit this criteria after looking up the details. https://relativeathleticscores.com/2017/01/17/ot-relative-athletic-scores-ras-table/ https://relativeathleticscores.com/2017/01/17/og-relative-athletic-scores-ras-table/ Look at the ones there that are first round picks. It's almost like there isn't a shot at them being busts. It's incredible, really. If all holds true, our line should look immensely improved this year. Still iffy on the defense...but, eh. Here's hoping.
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