GRADING DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

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 Lineman and Edge Players are concerned, the position trait grading evaluation is comprised of the following, up to 55 total points:

 

Pass Rushing

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

 

Ability to Bend

How is the player's ankle/hip flexibility? How horizontal ca a player get to the ground? Can he beat an offensive tackle consistently around the edge?

 

Finesse Moves

Can the player beat an offensive linemen with speed? How advanced is he with spin/rip/swim moves?

 

Power Moves

Can the player win with sheer force? How advanced is he with bullrush/forklift moves?

 

Run Defending

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

 

Ability to Set Edge

Can a player hold contain on RB stretch or outside zone plays? Does he consistently complete gap assignments?

 

Strength at Point of Attack (POA)

Does the player constantly get pushed back by 300+ linemen? How consistently does he win when engaged?

 

Pursuit/Angles

Does defender take proper angles to ballcarrier? Does he have a knack for getting the tackle for loss?

 

Block Shedding

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

 

Motor

Does the player take plays off? Will he chase down a RB 15 yards downfield? Take stamina and high snap count into context.

 

Hands/Technique

How advanced are the player's hands? Does he allow offensive linemen to get inside of their chest?

 

Arsenal of Moves

Is the player a "one-trick pony?" Can he stack moves on top of each other?

 

Tackling

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

 

Technique

Does the player miss many tackles? Is he a violent striker? Does he have the proverbial "hit stick?"

 

Turnover Ability

Does the player attack the ball when closing on a QB? Does he try to strip it in a pile?

 

 

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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