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NFL Draft: Updated Player Grade Scale and Critical Position Factors

Grade Scale

The revised player grade scale we use to determine our final overall player grades.


(Instant Impact Potential)

(9.0-7.0) High-End Starter


(High Upside Potential)

(6.9-6.7) Solid Starter Level


(Developmental Potential)

(6.6-6.5) Low-Level Starter

(6.4) Starter Level Potential

(6.3) Limited Opportunity/Displays Starter Level Traits When Given the Opportunity


(Role Player Potential)

(6.2) Situational Starter/System Dependent/Role Player

(6.1-6.0) High-Level Backup/Developmental Starter Traits

(5.9) Career Backup Level

(5.8) Potential Backup Level/Needs Development To Become a #2

(5.7) Depth Player/#3 Level Depth Player


(Practice Squad Potential)

(5.6-5.5) Depth Player/#4 Level Depth Player/Practice Squad

(5.0-5.4) Priority Free Agent


Position Specific Key Factor Grade Scale

Player grade scale used to determine position-specific player traits


(9) Elite

The player performs this particular factor with rare ease and consistency every time. Prospect shows absolutely no weakness. The player can be expected to do the seemingly impossible on occasion, and it shows against all levels of competition


(8) Near Elite

The prospect performs this particular factor with ease and consistency a high percentage of the time. The player displays no weakness. The prospect makes difficult plays look routine, and it shows against all levels of competition.


(7) Very Good

The player performs this particular factor effectively a high percentage of the time and can flash brilliance. The prospect cannot make all the great plays but will make some of them, and it shows against all levels of competition.


(6) Good

The player effectively performs this particular factor most of the time or has a level of inconsistency. The prospect gives a solid performance and will contribute to a winning effort. The player can hold his own against the top competition. Wins more often than not.


(5) Sufficient

The player performs this particular factor in an adequate/sufficient manner but may have trouble against top competition.


(4) Mediocre

The player adequately performs this particular factor sometimes, but the prospect will have trouble against top competition. The player shows inconsistent performance. The inconsistency KEEPS the prospect at a 4.


(3) Below Average

The player does not perform this particular factor at an adequate level. The prospect is inconsistent and will probably hurt the team. If the player does perform at an acceptable level, it is usually against weaker competition.


(2) Poor

The player has a significant deficiency in this particular factor.


(1) Not NFL Material

No redeemable qualities


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