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NFP Prospect Grading System

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Here’s a detailed look at how the National Football Post evaluates and grades NFL draft prospects:

Starting Caliber

9.0   Starts first game as a pro… A rare prospect who possesses rare physical attributes which have an obvious impact on the game… Will instantly become one of the best players at his position in the NFL.

8.5   Becomes a starter during his rookie year… A prospect who possesses physical attributes that will create mismatches and have an obvious impact on the game… Will become one of the premier players in the league.

8.0   Starts in first game as a pro… A prospect who possesses physical attributes that will create mismatches vs. most opponents… A featured player on a team.

7.5   Becomes a starter during his rookie year… A prospect who possesses physical attributes that will create mismatches vs. most opponents… A featured player on team.

7.0   Becomes a starter during his rookie year… Becomes a solid NFL player who has no real weakness… Can’t be exploited or consistently taken out of games.

Dirty Starter Caliber / Specialty Player

6.9   Contributes first year and starts second year… Must be able to get on the field and make a contribution as a rookie… Expected to start his second year in the league.

6.8   Contributes first year, but may take time to become a starter… Has the ability to become a starter and will be expected to assume a starting role.

6.7   Contributes first year, but doesn’t possess the physical and/or athletic skill set required to ever become a starter. However has the ability to become a dynamic sub-package option and make an instant impact for an NFL team.

6.6   Clean player who is inconsistent in his play due to character, technique, alertness or competitiveness… Has all the physical tools needed to become a starter… If he overcomes his deficiencies he will be a star in the league… If he doesn’t he will be a complete failure — There is NO middle ground!

Possible Starter Caliber / Developmental Prospect Caliber

6.5   Has one deficient area of his playing skills or his physical attributes but should be able to overcome it and contribute to a team… Has the potential to become a starter based on his abilities.

6.4   Has one deficient area of his playing skills or his physical attributes that will be difficult to overcome, but will contribute in spite of it… Has the potential to become a starter based on his abilities.

6.3   Has one deficient area of his physical attributes that he can NEVER overcome, but has been productive and has the potential to be a starter in the NFL in spite of his shortcomings.

6.2   Has one deficient area of his playing skills or physical attributes that he should be able to overcome and contribute to a team. Doesn’t possess the physical and/or athletic skill set required to ever become a starter, but has the abilities to become a productive sub-package option and make an impact for an NFL team.

6.1   A clean prospect who will need time and development in order to contribute…physically, this player has all the tools to be a starter in the NFL but has not yet developed the necessary skills due to level of competition, offensive or defensive schemes, injury, grades or lack of playing time…true developmental player who has the potential to become a starter.

6.0   An underachiever who has exhibited a deficiency in some area of his play...has the abilities to become a starter but hasn’t played up to them…has a problem with football instincts, character and/or competitiveness…boom-or-bust prospect.

Backup/Depth Caliber

5.9   Has a deficient area of his playing or physical skills that he SHOULD overcome and contribute as a backup and spot player only.

5.8   Has a deficient area of his playing or physical skills that will be DIFFICULT to overcome, but will contribute as a backup and spot player only.

5.7   Has a deficient area of his physical skills that CANNOT be overcome, but has been productive and can contribute as a backup and spot player only.

Free Agent Category

5.6   Free Agent with Speed, Character and Competitiveness.

5.5   Free Agent with Athletic Ability, Character and Competitiveness.

5.4   Free Agent with Size, Character and Competitiveness.

5.3   Free Agent at a High Level of Competition with either Size, Speed or Athletic Ability.

5.2   Free Agent with Size or Speed.

5.1   Free Agent with Character and Competitiveness.

5.0   Camp Body

4.0   Reject… No Qualities for Professional Football

NFP College Lettering System

A= Rare athletic ability and rare production in college. Has minimum height, weight & speed grades of 8.0
Examples: John Elway & Eric Dickerson 

B = Rare athletic ability, but limited college production due to system used by college team. Has minimum height, weight & speed grades of 8.0
Example: Irving Fryar 

C= Rare athletic ability and rare production in college. Height/Weight grade is lower than 8.0, but higher than 6.0
Example: Barry Sanders (Height) & Terry Glenn (Weight)

D = Outstanding athletic ability and outstanding production in college. Meets minimum height weight & speed requirements for the position.
Example: Tony Boselli & Fred Taylor.

E = Inconsistent players who do not play up to their talent level.

F = Limited athletic ability and good college production - Over-achieving type of player.
Meets the minimum height and weight requirements, but usually lacks speed & burst.

G = Very good athletic ability and very good college production. Does not meet the minimum height requirement for his position.
Example: Sam Mills and Antoine Winfield

H = Player who is switching to a new position that he did not play in college.

I = Player who meets the height, weight and speed requirements of his position. Players that play to the limit of their athletic ability. The middle class of the NFL - Most NFL players come from this grouping.

J = Very good athletic ability and very good college production. Does not meet the minimum weight requirement for his position.
Example: Terry Glenn & Desean Jackson

M = Player who meets the height, weight and speed requirements of his position. He either lacks the instincts for the position or has trouble learning.

Z = Major character question marks limit players draft status - Only can be drafted in 7th round.

LETTERS AFTER GRADE DESCRIPTION

RED-SOPH = Player who came out after redshirt-sophomore season for the NFL Draft.
JUNIOR = Player who came out early after his junior season for the NFL Draft.
CHAR. = Player has a character issue that could affect where he gets drafted.
MEDICAL = Player has a medical history that he needs to overcome in order to play up to his numerical grade
AGE = Player is older than usual for a college player entering the NFL which will limit the length of career.

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