After some golazos to close out the combine on Thursday, the SuperDraft is finally upon us. Hopefully by now you've checked out my collaboration with Aaron Nielsen over at American Soccer Analysis. I hope you found it enlightening in some way - perhaps you learned something about college players who you had not seen previously. Maybe our profiles served as companion reading for your viewing of the combine matches. I even found myself flipping back through to see if my eyes agreed with the season- and career-long scouting reports on particular players.
The next step was to delve deeper into the ACC dataset for the 2016 season, and to create some visuals in support of the player profiles. The resulting set of player and positional profiles is presented here in two formats - the slideshow of static images gets the point of each profile across. To really make full use of the profiles though, please head to the Tableau dashboard. This will allow you to switch between players, highlight certain data points, and find additional information through hovering, selecting, etc. based on the instructions outlined below. The viz doesn't lend itself to being embedded directly on this page, so follow the link to check it out.
The Home Page
The splash page is fairly self-explanatory. Choose a position group from the dropdown menu, and the player headshots below will update. There are a total of 21 players to choose from, including not only combine players but also several additional ACC seniors - homegrown candidates, names that have been spotted on mock drafts, and a collection of other prospects and potential sleeper picks.
Hover over the headshots to see the player's name, school, and a bigger action photo. Click on the headshot to go to that player's individual profile.
Player Profile Pages
Selecting a player from the home page will bring you to his profile page. All position groups show bars for passes, forward passes, goals, and assists. The bottom two bar graphs change for more position-specific information. The scatterplot on the right side of the page is also position-specific - the metrics and players change based on which group you have selected.
When you first arrive to the page, that player's mark on the scatterplot should be highlighted and labeled with his name. The orange marks represent the draft prospects whose pictures are at the bottom of the page. Hovering over these marks, as well as the bar graphs to the left, will provide additional data on each player.
Changing players is as simple as selecting a position group and clicking a headshot - no need to go back to the home page every time. Selecting a player will also re-highlight him on the scatterplot.
If you prefer the home page, there are two ways to get back there - the back button in the bottom right corner (it's a bit finicky), or the tabs at the top of the page.
I hope you enjoy these interactive visuals and find them useful during the first two rounds of the SuperDraft. Hopefully they will continue to shine during the following rounds on Tuesday, as some of the lesser-hyped guys hear their names called. Feel free to send any questions or feedback my way on Twitter. Happy SuperDraft!