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By Jonathan Bales

A look at the Eagles’ talented 2012 rookie class

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At DallasCowboys.com, I took a statistical look at the Eagles’ 2012 rookie draft class.

  • RB Bryce Brown

1: Number of starts Bryce Brown has made since high school.

Prior to Monday night’s game against the Panthers, Brown’s last start came as a member of the Wichita East High School football team. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he backed up Montario Hardesty, before transferring to Kansas State. He played in only 14 collegiate games.

31.1: Brown’s Body Mass Index.

Many of you are familiar with Body Mass Index (BMI), but did you know that there’s a pretty strongcorrelation between BMI and running back success in the NFL? Historically, great running backs have tended to be somewhat short and very stocky, packing a ton of muscle onto frames with a low center of gravity. Emmitt Smith (31.7 BMI), LaDainian Tomlinson (31.7 BMI), Barry Sanders (30.9 BMI), and Marshall Faulk (30.3 BMI) all had body types similar to Brown’s.

4.48: Brown’s 40-yard dash time.

Brown’s body type alone can’t predict his future NFL success, but his combination of size and speed sure suggests he should be an effective running back. In terms of his measurables alone, he’s very similar to Tomlinson.

6.3: Brown’s current yards per carry (YPC).

Brown has been highly efficient as a rookie, averaging 6.3 YPC on 51 attempts. That number was still respectable at 4.4 YPC prior to Monday night. That’s important because rookie rushing efficiency is highly predictive of future NFL success. Of rookies with as many carries as Brown, only four since 1980 have posted greater efficiency.

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