GRADING TIGHT ENDS

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

 

Catching Ability

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

 

Concentration

Does he always catch the easy ball? How is his drop rate in general? Does he try to turn upfield early?

 

In Traffic/Contested

Does the player get "alligator arms" going over the middle of the field? Can he high point balls? Is he a "75/25" WR?

 

Spectacular Catch

Can the receiver make the Rob Gronkowski catches that make your jaw drop? Can he get feet in on the boundaries?

 

Route Running

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

 

Release

Can he beat press off the LOS? How quick is he off the line? How quick is he off his breaks?

 

Precision

Is the player smooth transitioning in and out of cuts? Does he have "wasted" motion? Is he crisp? Can he "sell" double moves?

 

Route Variety

How advanced is the receivers route tree? Is he only an underneath guy at the next level? Just a vertical seam guy? 

 

Blocking

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

 

Technique

How are his hands when blocking? Can he anchor against power moves? Counter finesse moves?

 

Footwork

Does he get too wide in his base in pass protection? Can you use his lower body to drive blockers in run game?

 

Willingness

How is his effort when run blocking? Does he show enthusiasm for blocking?

 

Intangibles

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

 

Red Zone Threat

Is the player a go-to target in the Red Zone? How is his TD production?

 

Versatility

Can he line up split out as a slot WR? As a perimeter WR? Can he line up at FB and lead block?

 

 

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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