View Full Version : Great Article on scout.com Discusses KEI

02-12-2009, 02:25 PM
What is KEI? It is a formula that Pat Kirwan came up with when he was a scout/FO executive that is still used today. KEI - stands for Kirwans Explosiveness Index. The way it works is you combine a players vertical jump, broad jump, and bench press to come up with a players KEI. The article then goes on to compare 4 athletes it lists as Athletes A thru D and their stats coming out of college, all were very similar. Height, weight, sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles very close between the 4. When you take the performance of these 4 athletes at the combine and come up with the KEI, the player who stood out was the player we selected. These were the names of the players used in this example:

Anthony Spencer = 71.80
Lamar Woodley = 77.30
Tim Crowder = 71.75
Charles Johnson = 75.80

Very good article. Talks about 80% of the scouting is already done prior to the combine and the remaining 20% is done in the background checks, combine results, and player interviews. The KEI will be figured out as a result of combine results from the drills. Apparently, all the teams use this KEI to help them make their decisions. :thinking:


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K Train
02-12-2009, 02:46 PM
i hate kirwin lol

02-12-2009, 02:58 PM
Its a great article if you can read it. And the KEI measurable seems to make a lot of sense to me. According to the article it is used by all teams. The article breaks these 4 players down in 3 separate tables and doesn't tell you who is who until the last table. Nobody can argue that out of those 4 players that we made the right choice! :yesnod: