Pro Football Weekly

Keys and Grades

By Joel Buchsbaum, Contributing editor of Pro Football Weekly
January 28, 2002
Key to symbols in player printout
Age — Player is overaged.
BB — Pro baseball player who is entering the draft.
DNP — Player did not play the previous season.
e — Statistics are estimated.
Elig — This player’s draft eligibility has not been finally determined.
MI — More information needed to accurately grade player.
NIS — Not in school. (In the case of Malaefou MacKenzie, he has reqeusted a sixth year of eligibility.)
OS — Player's listed speed is from an older timing session. The player's current speed may have been affected since that timing by an injury, weight gain, etc.
RB — Can also play running back (applies to other position abbreviations too, such as S for safety, H-b for H-back, ST for special-teamer, RS for return specialist, P for punter, etc.).
X — Past or current injury could have an impact on where this player is drafted, according to at least one source. Due to the confidentiality of medical records, we cannot confirm or deny whether the injury problem is still a concern.
XX — More serious injury concern.
6017 — Example of player’s height. First digit applies to feet; second and third to inches; fourth to fractions of an inch in eighths. This example is 6-1 7/8.

Grade scale for NFL prospects
8.00 - 9.00 — Franchise player. (Any quarterback who grades over 7.50 is considered a potential franchise player.)
7.50 - 7.99 — Future All-Pro.
7.00 - 7.49 — Should become a Pro Bowl-caliber player.
6.50 - 6.99 — Has a chance to become a Pro Bowl-caliber player. In the case of quarterbacks, projects as a high-first-round pick because of the need for quarterbacks.
6.00 - 6.49 — Should become a quality NFL player with Pro Bowl potential.
5.50 - 5.99 — Has a chance to become a quality NFL player.
5.10 - 5.49 — Has a better-than-average chance to make an NFL roster.
5.01 - 5.09 — Has a slightly better than 50-50 chance to make a roster.