The Draft grading system is pretty standard in NFL circles. Some franchises/scouting agencies may alter their methods slightly, but in general it’s about the same across the board. Here at Phanaddict, we use that standard grading system. You may see this type of system being used by Pro Football Weekly (both current writers and the late great Joel Buschsbaum’s model), as well as former PFW elevator the “controversial” Nolan Nawrocki, Phil Savage, and NFL.com Lance Zierlein to name a few. Here is how we grade our prospects.
9.0 – 10 — A very rare specimen. An absolute can’t miss prospect that will change the franchise from Day 1. These players have elite traits and very little to no flaws in his game. There are only a few of these players every decade.
8.0 – 8.9 — Immediate All-Pro player. Day 1 game changer. You might see one of these players once every 5 years or so.
7.0 – 7.9 — Immediate starter and likely top 10 pick depending on position. Has the potential to be one of the best players at his position.
6.5 – 7.0 — First Round Pick. Immediate starter. Has the potential to be one of the key players on a franchise.
6.0 – 6.5 — Likely First Round Pick. Immediate starter
5.6 – 6.0 — Likely Second Round Pick. Should start or contribute immediately.
5.4 – 5.6 — Likely Third Round Pick. Has a chance to start immediately, depending on position.
5.2 – 5.4 — Day 3 pick. Should make an NFL roster
5.0 – 5.2 — Late Draftable Pick. Has a chance to make an NFL roster.
4.7 – 5.0 — Priority Free Agent. Practice Squad Player
4.0 – 4.6 — Undrafted Free Agent. Will be invited to Training Camps