Antonio Brown, Wes Welker and the Hidden Value of Special Teams Stats

When Wes Welker left Texas Tech for the NFL, he was a 5 foot 9 inch 186 pound prospect with a 4.65 forty and a 30 inch vertical. When Antonio Brown left Central Michigan, he was a 5 foot 10 inch 186 pound prospect with a 4.56 forty 105 inch broad jump. I can only imagine the doom and gloom articles that team RotoViz would have written, if we had existed then. Actually, come to think of it, we probably wouldn’t have even wasted our time, which, obviously, would have been a really foolish move. As there continue to be a handful of non-obvious receiver success stories every year, I thought it might be necessary to revisit their collegiate profiles and examine whether there were interesting data points that were overlooked. In the case of these two players, and many more like them, what I found was interesting: they had exceptional special teams résumés in college. So, I went back into my database and plugged in career punt and kick return stats for hundreds of wide receivers. Here is what I found…

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