GRADING LINEBACKERS

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 Linebackers are concerned, the position trait grading evaluation is comprised of the following, up to 55 total points:

 

Tackling

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

 

Consistency

Does the player square up when tackling? How often does he miss tackles? Does he attack with proper tackling technique? Does he "arm tackle?"

 

Hit Power

Is the player a violent striker? Does he make his presence felt on every hit? Does he possess the proverbial "hit stick?"

 

Pursuit/Angles

Does the player take proper angles to the football? Does he take himself out of the play with poor pursuit?

 

Pass Coverage

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

 

Man Coverage

Can he physically match up with receivers in man coverage? Can he cover Tight Ends one on one? Cover receivers? Can he drop his hips in transition?

 

Zone Coverage

How is the player's recognition of pick up assignment in zone coverage? Can he physically match up with receivers in zone coverage?

 

Ballhawking

Does the player get his hands on a lot of balls? Does he play the ball or play the man in coverage? Knack for interceptions?

 

Fundamentals

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

 

Block Shedding

Can the linebacker get off blocks efficiently and find the football? Does he get pushed backwards frequently? How active are his hands? Can he keep sight lines on a ball carrier while engaged?

 

Versatility

Can the player line up at SAM, MIKE, or WILL in a 4-3? Is he stout enough to play inside in 3-4 base?

 

Gap Discipline

Does the player attack the right gaps? Is he equally aggressive when filling A, B, or C gaps?

 

Blitzing

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

 

Pass Rush Ability

Can the player rush the passer? How well does he disguise the blitz?

 

Closing Ability

Can the player get home to the QB consistently? Does he attack the ball and force fumbles?

 

 

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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