Player Position Weight Kangaroo Score Agility Score Avg. TFL
|JJ Watt||3-4 DE||290||1.473||2.347||18.25|
|Mario Williams||3-4 DE||295||2.256||1.404||19.5|
|Calais Campbell||3-4 DE||290||0.428||0.203||16.5|
|Derek Wolfe||3-4 DE||295||0.279||1.145||14|
|Muhammad Wilkerson||3-4 DE||315||0.288||0.684||11.75|
Short's number aren't exactly what I would call mind blowing. His Kangaroo Score suggests that he has the explosiveness and power of an angry squirrel. On a somewhat positive note, he does appear to have average agility, and he was productive in college. I wouldn't say that Short is going to be a bust (he will be a bust), but I would suspect he will most likely fall into the average range, at best (hmm, no, he will be a bust). He is somewhat comparable to a player like Glenn Dorsey (Kangaroo Score of -1.466 and an agility score of -0.188), or perhaps Ryan McBean (Kangaroo Score -0.937, Agility Score 0.230). If an outcome similar to those players does occur, then taking Short in the second round might have been a reach.
These things are tricky to predict though, and people can exceed your expectations. I wouldn't be shocked if at some point he does have moments of excellent play. Over the long haul, however, I suspect the jump to the NFL will be challenging for him. I have no interest in seeing someone fail. I am just trying to suggest that amongst the players who have achieved the highest degrees of success, exceptional degrees of athleticism are quite common. If I had to gamble on it, taking more pedestrian athletes would tend to make me a bit nervous. If you can't find a historical player who succeeded, that compares favorably to your current prospect, should you really be taking them with a high draft pick? Betting on a player being an outlier, seems like a questionable approach.