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Scout's View: The Measurables

In my last Scout’s View post I discussed the 7 Critical Factors that are one part of a prospects grade. In scouting we measure and grade every possible aspect of a draft prospect. The team I work with grades everything on a scale of 1 to 9. A grade of 7 to 9 is in the strong range. A grade 5 to 6 is marginal, with a grade of 1 to 4 weak. Any grade below a 6 is a red flag for a prospect. As we get to the Combine we will see many numbers from height and weight to 3-cone drill.

Everyone has an opinion of what is being measured and what is a good or bad number. These are what we refer to as a prospect measurables and as scouts we have a very specific set of criteria outlined in our grade charts to assign a grade to each. While it is impossible for me to outline the full grade charts for all positions and all drills, I will try and give you a clearer understanding what a scout measures with each drill and a bench mark for grading that you can look at.

These measurements and grades could vary from team to team, but that deviation will not be by much, so you will get a good feel for most teams, including the Cowboys.

Each drill allows a scout to look at specifics that will affect a prospect's overall performance. The 40-yard dash looks at speed over distance. Splits are also timed during the 40 with the 10 yard split used to measure initial quickness and the 20 used to measure if they can maintain their initial burst. The 225 pound bench press measures upper body strength. The vertical and broad jumps are used to measure both explosiveness and leg strength. 20 yard shuttle measures flexibility, burst and balance. 60 yard shuttle measures flexibility, balance and endurance. The 3 cone drill measures agility and change of direction.

Looking through the posts and discussions of what prospects everyone feels we need to draft, I chose those that most people feel we need in the next draft. These are Guard/Center, Defensive End, Defensive Tackle, Inside Linebacker, Outside Linebacker, Safety and Cornerback.

The first set of numbers that will come out of the draft will be the Height and Weight for each prospect. The following table is the minimum height weight for the positions and receive a grade of 6. Anything below is an automatic removal from the draft board for the team I work for. This may or may not be the case for all teams and as I have stated these measurements could vary team to team, but that deviation will not be by much, so you will get a good feel for most teams, including the Cowboys.

Position OG DT DE ILB OLB CB S

Height

6-3

6-3

6-4

6-2

6-1

5-11

5-10

Weight

270

270

270

235

225

195

185

One of the most talked about drills is the 40 yard times. In the following table I give the full grade breakdowns for a cornerback. This will give you a good idea of the splits for each grade.

Grade 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

Low Time

4.35

4.40

4.45

4.50

4.55

4.60

4.65

4.70

In the following table, the measurements in each are the minimums that the team I work for wants for each position on the drills and would receive a grade of 6. As stated, anything below would be a red flag for the prospect.

Drill G/C DT DE ILB OLB CB S

40-yard dash

5.3

5.15

4.85

4.8

4.7

4.50

4.6

10-yard split (40)

1.85

1.8

1.7

1.7

1.65

1.5

1.65

20-yard split (40)

3.05

3

2.8

2.75

2.7

2.60

2.6

225-pound bench

26

26

24

24

23

15

18

Vertical jump

30

30

33

33

36

36

36

Broad jump

8-6

8-9

9-9

9-6

9-9

10-0

10-0

20-yard shuttle

4.55

4.55

4.3

4.2

4.1

4

4.05

60-yard shuttle

12.3

12.1

11.8

11.7

11.4

11.2

11.2

3-cone drill

7.85

7.75

7.35

7.2

7.1

7

7.1

Hopefully this gives some insight into the measurables and how they are used to grade prospects.

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