GRADING QUARTERBACKS

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

 

Arm Talent

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

 

Arm Strength

How fast can the ball get from A to B? Can he throw a Hail Mary 60+ yards downfield?

 

Speed of Release

How fast can the QB get rid of the ball? Does the player take a ton of sacks?

 

Spiral/Catchability

Does the QB throw with a tight spiral? Can he vary pace of his throws for WRs? Does he lead WRs for YAC?

 

Accuracy

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

 

Short Accuracy

How accurate is the QB on throws from 0-10 yards?

 

Medium Accuracy

How accurate is the QB on throws from 10-20 yards?

 

Deep Accuracy

How accurate is the QB on throws from 20+ yards?

 

Decision-Making

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

 

Pocket Awareness

Does he step up into the pocket? Can he feel pressure? Does he escape clean pockets too early?

 

Read Progression

How many reads can the QB go through? Does he stare down primary targets? Can he key and diagnose defenses pre-snap?

 

Ball Security

Is the QB an interception or fumble machine? Does he take care of the football? 

 

Mechanics

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

 

Footwork

How smooth is the player's footwork? Can he take a snap from under center? Is he a natural athlete?

 

Delivery/Motion

Does he have a concise throwing motion? Does the passer look awkward when distributing the footwork?

 

 

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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