Historical Comps for Tarik Cohen’s Rookie Season

With the dust still settling on the 2017 season, we continue our look back at the rookie crop, specifically Tarik Cohen, through our RotoViz crystal ball, aka, the Screener App. While the Screener can’t foresee the future, it can give us a good idea of a player’s range of outcomes heading into their second year. Cohen was one of the biggest surprises from an incredible crop of rookie running backs. Hindsight is a hell of a drug, and looking back, we, along with the rest of the NFL, whiffed on a back who can clearly produce at the professional level. It shouldn’t be a total shock, considering he was extremely productive at the collegiate level, racking up more than 5,600 career rushing yards. It still wasn’t until late in the preseason that Cohen hit our radar, however. Let’s turn to the Screener to find the top comparables based on his rookie season. To do this, I set the RotoViz Screener to search for comparable rookie WR seasons between 2007 and 2017 based on a number of statistical outputs, including draft pick, age and weight. Where a player is selected in the NFL Draft still has a significant influence his second season, though that influence does decline over time.

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