Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Apr 2017

BackCAST 2017 (ESPN version)

Nathan Forster is back with an upgraded version of the BackCAST system introduced last year. It suggests 2017 is a historically great year for running backs, but pegs Alvin Kamara of Tennessee is a likely bust. We'll expand upon this article next week on FO, explaining the changes in the BackCAST system made since last year.

Posted by: Nathan Forster on 20 Apr 2017

4 comments, Last at 23 Apr 2017, 11:07pm by LionInAZ


by Dawgday57 :: Fri, 04/21/2017 - 1:59pm

Where can we find the NON-espn version?

by Vincent Verhei :: Fri, 04/21/2017 - 5:20pm

On this website, very soon.

by Adrian--- :: Sat, 04/22/2017 - 4:19am

I think you need to factor fumbles into this metric. Zierlein's scouting report on Marlon Mack notes "Has a very poor fumble rate over this three years and has put the ball on the ground twelve times." That makes him far less attractive to NFL teams than BackCAST suggests.

by LionInAZ :: Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:07pm

Good coaching can reduce fumbles. It can't make a back faster or more agile, which are much more important.