In order to make college player scouting more efficient for all 32 NFL teams, two organizations were started many years ago to assign scouting grades to college football players before their senior year and after their senior year. Most teams belong to either the Blesto or National scouting services. Some teams do not belong to either. Each team assigns one scout to grade players and submit their grade to the scouting service. The scouting service will average the grades assigned to each player and report one average grade per player in the preseason and post-season report to teams. While the scores mark a scouting starting point, they are not indicative of where a player will eventually get drafted. Factors that influence scouts after the initial score include, but are not limited to: Senior year productivity, health, character evaluations, intelligence and physical measurables.
Below is a preseason list of players graded by the National Scouting Service. These players were eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft. As a general rule, a grade of 5.0 is a 7th round/priority free agent. Do you see players on this list graded much higher or lower than their NFL productivity has demonstrated thus far? Scouting is definitely the bedrock to a successful NFL franchise.