GRADING DEFENSIVE BACKS

January 31, 2017

 

What makes ScouTurf unique from many other websites dedicated to the NFL Draft? We have comprised grading formulas that allocate an overall number grade for a player out of 100, similar to grades you would find playing Madden. This allows us to create a comprehensive Big Board that can be organized by player grade numbers.

 

Our first 35 points of our evaluation are centered around scouting critical factors, which you can read more about here.

As far as Defensive Backs are concerned, the position trait grading evaluation is comprised of the following, up to 55 total points:

 

Coverage Ability

Up to 15 total points, this is broken down into 3 sections (each up to 5 points):

 

Press Coverage

Can the player get physical and jam the receiver at the LOS? Does he have the arm length and physicality to combat bigger, stronger WRs?

 

Man Coverage

Can the player blanket receivers and stay step-to-step in man coverage?

 

Zone Coverage

Does the player pick up the proper routes in zone coverage? Can he play Cover 2? Cover 3? Cover 4?

 

Technique

Up to 15 total points, this is broken down into 3 sections (each up to 5 points):

 

Hips/Transition

Can the player flips his hips fluidly or does he turn like a ship? Does his wasted motion cost him in coverage?

 

Make-Up Speed

Can a player catch up to receivers if they are beat? How quickly can the suffocate WR separation?

 

Concentration

Does the player get called often for defensive holding or pass interference penalties?

 

Intangibles

Up to 15 total points, this is broken down into 3 sections (each up to 5 points):

 

Ballhawking

Is the player an interception machine? Does he turn his head around and try to find the ball in coverage? Does he deflect passes?

 

Blitzing

How well can the player disguise the blitz? Does he show urgency in closing on the QB? Can he sift through traffic?

 

Versatility

Can the player line up in nickel? Can he follow a team's #1 WR around the field, or is he limited to one side of the field? Can you use him as a chess piece?

 

Tackling

Up to 10 total points, this is broken down into 2 sections (each up to 5 points):

 

Consistency & Technique

Does the player wrap ballcarriers consistently? Does he struggle with open field tackling? Can he bring ballcarriers down or does he frequently need help.

 

Pursuit/Angles

Does he take proper angles to the ballcarrier? Does he have a tendency to over-pursue? Did the player fail geometry?

 

 

Each of the above position traits are scored individually out of 5 total points, totaling up to 55 points for a player evaluation. The grading scale is as follows:

 

5-Great/Rare

4-Good/Above Average

3-Solid/Average

2-Marginal/Below Average

1-Poor

Lastly, we factor in Maturity (up to 5 points) and Production (up to 5 points) to comprise the 10 points of the player evaluation. Maturity factors in any character issues that have surfaced for a player while in college (failed drug tests, arrest, academic ineligibility, domestic violence, published and verified stories of lack of leadership, etc.). Production factors in how active a player was in accumulating statistics necessary during his career to help differentiate himself among his peers within their Conference or their Team.

 

 

With the 2017 NFL Draft Season in full swing, you can see player evaluations from ScouTurf's team of Draft Analysts by searching a player's name in our Blog section or under our 2017 Draft Player Rankings Pages if that player falls within our Top 10 Rankings in that position.

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