First round provides a punch in talent for Cowboys

BY foxsports • April 25, 2013

IRVING - The Dallas Cowboys have a desire to beef up their new 4-3 defensive line and this week’s NFL Draft – starting in the first round – offers up plenty of beef.

But ideally, the player taken at No. 18 overall (and throughout the draft and at every position) should have "explosiveness." Yet, how do we measure such a thing?

Maybe there is a way.

The Cowboys have first-round grades on four defensive tackles: Sharrif Floyd of Florida , Star Lotulelei of Utah, Sheldon Richardson of Missouri and Sylvester Williams of North Carolina. Floyd will go early today. A couple of national mock drafts project Lotulelei slipping to Dallas at 18, which seems unlikely. (But if he’s there, consider that card turned in!) Richardson and Williams are both worthy selections.

But is there a measurement that might determine the success of a defensive lineman?

Analyst Pat Kirwan, an ex-NFL exec, offers us a formula. The Kirwan Explosion Index (KEI) is imperfect, of course. But it does help broaden the scope on what a player can give his team. And, well, it has been pretty darn effective.

A player is said to have elite explosiveness if their score is 70 or higher (the formula: bench + vertical + standing broad jump). Our Nate Fisher has complied NFL Combine numbers and Pro Day numbers to calculate this year’s defensive line prospects … as well as grabbing a few notable examples from the past to show how KEI works (or sometimes doesn’t).

Remember, the lower the score, the less explosive the player. Players with scores in the 50's and low 60's could be flagged as guys who don't possess the natural athleticism or work habits to be successful.

What you’ll see below: Ends Cornelius Washington (Georgia) and Margus Hunt (SMU) are explosiveness wonders. Historically speaking, if Dallas drafts a defensive tackle, he’ll get to play inside of a pair of KEI success stories in DeMarcus Ware (75.66) and Anthony Spencer (71.83). Lotulelei has a chance to be dominant by this measure with his score of 77. And Richardson is a potential success here, too, due to his 71.8 score. Sylvester Williams? He’ll need to overcome his score of 62.

Cowboys KEI Historical References


DeMarcus Ware

Bench 27

Vertical Jump 38.5

Broad Jump 10.16

KEI 75.66

Anthony Spencer

Bench Press 30

Vertical Jump 32.5

Broad Jump 9.33

KEI 71.83

2009 NFL Draft. 11 front-seven players taken in the first round. Among them:

Tyson Jackson (picked 3rd overall) Bust. 5 sacks in 4 years

Bench Press 20

Vertical Jump 28.5

Broad Jump 8.6

KEI 57



Brian Orakpo 13th overall 2 time pro bowler

Bench Press 31

Vertical Jump 39.5

Broad Jump 11

KEI 81.5



Clay Matthews
4 time pro bowler 2 time all pro

Bench Press 23

Vertical Jump 35.5

Broad Jump 10

KEI 68.5. ALMOST 70



2013 DEFENSIVE ENDS KEI




Ezekial Ansah Brigham Young DE 6'5 271

40 Yard Dash *4.63

Bench Reps 21

Vertical Jump 34.5

Broad Jump 9.833

KEI 65.333

David Bass
Missouri Western DE 6'4 262

40 Yard Dash 4.84

Bench Press 22

Vertical Jump 30.5

Broad Jump 9.25

KEI 61.75

Armonty Bryant
East Central (OK) DE 6'4 263

40 Yard Dash 4.72

Bench Press 15

Vertical Jump 34.5

Broad Jump 10.083

KEI 59.583

Michael Buchanan Illinois DE 6'5 255

40 Yard Dash 4.78

Bench Press 22

Vertical Jump 33.0

Broad Jump 9.41

KEI 64.41

Cornellius Carradine
Florida State DE 6'4 276

40 Yard Dash *4.75

Bench Press 32

Results unavailable. Injury to ACL in November


Lavar Edwards LSU DE 6'4 277

40 Yard Dash 4.80

Bench Press 21

Vertical Jump 33.0

Broad Jump 9.91

KEI 63.91


William Gholston
Michigan State DE 6'6 281

40 Yard Dash 4.96

Bench Press 23

Vertical Jump 28.5

Broad Jump 110


Malliciah Goodman Clemson DE 6'4 276

40 Yard Dash 4.87

Bench Press 26

Vertical Jump 33

Broad Jump 9.75

KEI 68.75


Margus Hunt
Southern Methodist DE 6'8 277

40 Yard Dash *4.62

Bench Press 38

Vertical Jump 34.5

Broad Jump 10.08

KEI 82.58


Datone Jones UCLA DE 6'4 283

40 Yard Dash 4.80

Bench Press 29

Vertical Jump 31.5

Broad Jump 9.33

KEI 69.83


Dion Jordan Oregon DE 6'6 248

40 Yard Dash 4.60

Vertical Jump 32.5

Broad Jump 122

Did not fully compete.

Joe Kruger Utah DE 6'6 269

40 Yard Dash 4.83

Bench Press 24

Vertical Jump 34.0

Broad Jump .75

KEI 67.75

Corey Lemonier Auburn DE 6'3 255

40 Yard Dash 4.60

Bench Press 27

Vertical Jump 34.0

Broad Jump 9.91

KEI 70.41


Stansly Maponga TCU DE 6'2 256

40 Yard Dash 4.81

Bench Press 30

Vertical Jump 29.5

Broad Jump 9.5

KEI 69


Sam Montgomery LSU DE 6'3 262

40 Yard Dash 4.81

Bench Press 22

Vertical Jump 34.5

Broad Jump 9.5

KEI 66


Damontre Moore Texas A&M DE 6'5 250

40 Yard Dash 4.84

Bench Press 12

Vertical Jump 35.5

Broad Jump 10.16

KEI 57.16


Alex Okafor Texas DE 6'5 264

40 Yard Dash 4.91

Bench Press 21

Vertical Jump 31

Broad Jump 9.33

KEI 61.33


Devin Taylor
South Carolina DE 6'7 266

40 Yard Dash 4.72

Bench Press 16

Vertical Jump 35.0

Broad Jump 10.66

KEI 61.66


Cornelius Washington Georgia DE 6'4 265

40 Yard Dash 4.55

Bench Press 36

Vertical Jump 39.0

Broad Jump 10.66

KEI 85.66

(The highest score of any player in the draft)


Bjoern Werner Florida State DE 6'3 266

40 Yard Dash 4.83

Bench Press 25

Vertical Jump 31.0

Broad Jump 9.25

KEI 65.25


Tourek Williams
Florida International DE 6'3 260

40 Yard Dash 4.71

Bench Press 25

Vertical Jump 33.0

Broad Jump 9.33

KEI 67.33


2013 DEFENSIVE TACKLES KEI


Sheldon Richardson
Missouri DT

Bench Press 30

Vertical Jump 32

Broad Jump 9.8

KEI 71.8


Brandon Williams Missouri So. DT

Bench Press 38

Vertical Jump29.5

Broad Jump 8-6

76


Akeem Spence Illinois DT

Bench Press 37

Vertical Jump 30

Broad Jump 8-11

76


Star Lotulelei Utah DT

Bench Press 38

Vertical Jump 30

Broad Jump 811

77


Sylvester Williams DT UNC

Bench Press 27

Vertical Jump 26.5

Broad Jump 8.5

KEI 62


Shariff Floyd DT Florida

Incomplete, no bench

Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State

Incomplete, no bench

John Jenkins DT Georgia

Bench 30

Vert 24.5

Broad 8.3

KEI 62.8


Jesse Williams DT Alabama

Incomplete, no jumps


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