Keys and Grades
By Joel Buchsbaum, Contributing
editor of Pro Football Weekly
January 28, 2002
to symbols in player printout
BB Pro baseball player
who is entering the draft.
DNP Player did not play
the previous season.
e Statistics are estimated.
Elig This players 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
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
6017 Example of players
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.
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.