GRADING RUNNING 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 Running Backs are concerned, the position trait grading evaluation is comprised of the following, up to 55 total points:

 

Running Ability

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

 

Power Running

Does he relish contact? Does he fight for extra yards? Does he run through arm tackles? Does he possess the proverbial "truck stick?"

 

Elusiveness

Would he be a flag football MVP? Can he make defenders miss? There one second, gone the next?

 

"Home Run" Ability

Can the player take it to the house on any given carry? How is his yards after contact average?

 

Fundamentals

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

 

Ball Carrier Vision

Is he finding the right holes? Does he willingly run into piles? Is he a patient runner? Can he bend/bounce/bang?

 

Ball Security

Is the player a fumble machine? Is he aware of which arm he carries the football in?

 

Pad Level

Does the player run high? Can he make himself "skinny" going through the hole?

 

Receiving Ability

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

 

Catching Ability

Does he catch the ball cleanly? Does he try to turn upfield before catching the football?

 

Run After Catch Ability

Is he a dynamic threat out in space? Do opposing coordinators need to game plan for him in open field situations?

 

Route Variety

Is he just a screen guy? Can he line up as a slot receiver and hold his own? Can he sell a wheel route?

 

Pass Protection

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

 

Technique

Does the back use his hands correctly when picking up blitzers? Can he be trusted in pass protection?

 

Willingness

How is the player's effort and willingness in picking up blitzers?

 

 

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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