Tuesday, May 3, 2011
My NFL Draft pick grading system
So this is to explain to all of you how I grade NFL draft picks. This is my system that I developed for myself in 2009 when I became a full time NFL draft writer.
These are typically called initial draft reviews. I look at the player, how that player fits into a team's system. What is expected of that player, and what kind of value that player was for the team selecting them. I then give the team a grade on their need for the position said player plays. I then give the team a grade on the talent level. This is a combination of where the player was ranked by the scouting services, and if the team reached for a player. It is important to remember that these are largely paper grades. These players do not receive grades on NFL production until year two.
My year two grades are given out solely based on what each player drafted the year before produced for the team in year one. If a player was injured or on a practice squad then the team gets a pass. If a player was cut in pre season that is a big negative in my book. If the player started or competed to start that is a big plus. I also try to factor in trades. If a player drafted was traded I try to analyze what that brought back to the team.
Since I began covering the draft full time in 2009 I haven't had a chance to do any of these yet. However, my year three grades will likely be the final grades for each draft. By year three we sort of know if a player is a bust or not, and we have a good idea on how each team will use those players.