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.
Where many other football grading websites have an entire staff working on grading players and reviewing film, we have just me. While a negative of this is physically not being able to see every single play of every single football week in and week out, a big advantage is that each player is graded by the same process and through the same set of eyes, allowing the ability to create a comprehensive Big Board that can be organized by player grade numbers for the NFL Draft and also carrying over into the overall player grade that you will find in our depth charts.
Regardless of position, the five key critical traits are included in each player's evaluation. These consist of:
Quickness, agility, balance, acceleration, explosiveness, and change of direction that is necessary for his position. Includes notes on body type.
Mental speed to key and diagnose, make adjustments, and play with awareness. Also referred to as football intelligence or player instincts.
Ability to win 1 on 1 battles when engaged physically, either at the point of attack or in other contested areas.
Different from timed speed; speed necessary to carry out assignments or make plays. Play speed is the byproduct of mental processing and athletic ability combined, and a player's play speed may often differ in their timed speed.
Aggressive, passionate attitude to execute assignments, competing vs all competition. Physical toughness to rise to occasion when engaged & mental toughness to performance under pressure critical moments & play through injury.
Each of the five critical factors are scored individually out of 7 total points, totaling up to 35 points for a player evaluation. The grading scale is as follows:
These five critical factors of scouting we use in each player's evaluations are derived from The Scouting Academy. For more information on how to get involved with scouting or more insight on any of these critical factors, I highly encourage you to visit www.scoutingacademy.com and register for an upcoming semester. It will be the best investment you can possibly make in yourself if you are looking to pursue a career in this industry.
Going beyond the critical factors, we grade players based on the techniques or traits specific to making them successful at their positions. The position trait grades add up to 55 points of the player's evaluation.
Click on any of the below positions below to see how we break down the position traits grading.
Lastly, we factor in Maturity (up to 5 points) and Production (up to 5 points) to comprise the final 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. Durability also goes hand-in-hand with production, since you have to be available and on the field to be able to put up numbers or contribute.