Author: Tony Softli

Grading Chart, Pro & College Scouting

For every player evaluated, Pro or College all personnel departments have a grading chart and formula they use to separate players. The chart shown below I use to grade all players currently on the 53 man roster and practice squads, along with the top 200 collegiate players playing there final seasons. I have developed a Digital Pro Board that I will track movement throughout the NFL. Tracking the movement of players from 53 man roster, to practice squads or those put on IR (Injured Reserve) as well as Priority Free Agents, Street Free Agents, Emergency list players and or trades. Emergency player listing is extremely important and is used in case there are injury’s, which happen every game. For a player that is injured in a game, they must be replaced (blown knee’s, shoulders etc) ASAP!. Personnel Directors and General Managers look at this listing during the games once notified of major long term injuries, this allows the personnel staff quick reference so they can start calling agents immediately, these calls are made mid game if needed. Emergency players are those on the street with NFL experience, playtime and good production. The grading chart ranges from 8.00 – 1.0. The same grading scale is used to keep continuity between College and Pro player reports, even thou the description relates to the level of play. Players are grouped by COLOR...

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Grading Chart, Pro & College Scouting

For every player evaluated, Pro or College all personnel departments have a grading chart and formula they use to separate players. The chart shown below I use to grade all players currently on the 53 man roster and practice squads, along with the top 200 collegiate players playing there final seasons. I have developed a Digital Pro Board that I will track movement throughout the NFL. Tracking the movement of players from 53 man roster, to practice squads or those put on IR (Injured Reserve) as well as Priority Free Agents, Street Free Agents, Emergency list players and or trades. Emergency player listing is extremely important and is used in case there are injury’s, which happen every game. For a player that is injured in a game, they must be replaced (blown knee’s, shoulders etc) ASAP!. Personnel Directors and General Managers look at this listing during the games once notified of major long term injuries, this allows the personnel staff quick reference so they can start calling agents immediately, these calls are made mid game if needed. Emergency players are those on the street with NFL experience, playtime and good production. The grading chart ranges from 8.00 – 1.0. The same grading scale is used to keep continuity between College and Pro player reports, even thou the description relates to the level of play. Players are grouped by COLOR...

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Are you Ready for Some Football?

While writing my column on the eve of the NFL countdown, my big screen blasting Dave Matthews Band, entertainment was at its best and it feels like football. As I struggled to keep my mind on the task at hand, while watching famous Grand Pa Elliott singing on Bourbon Street, I started singing my own creative version of ” Are you ready for some football” by my man Hank Williams Jr; “Are you ready for some football, a Thursday night party, a battle of two NFC teams in the Naleans (New Orleans) it’s time to get this season started, here come the hits and collisions on Brees and Farve, defenses are coming after them tonight, I ask you are you ready for a Hurricane, a Poor Boy Sandwich, Al and Collinsworth make the call, the rest of the cast pull off the show, it a Thursday night football party, are you ready for some football, the rest of the NFL is watching tonight! OK OK I know, don’t quite my day job, my song writing skills suck, and you should have heard my singing. As Drew Brees was throwing a touchdown pass to Devery Henderson to take a 7-0 lead over the Vikings and Brett Favare, it is time for my 2010 NFL predictions. Below are my predictions for each Division. It will be a very interesting year, ball...

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Rams Architect, Changing the Culture

While Rams majority owner Stan Kroneke, will likely sit back and critic Rams Front office, Coaches and Players in 2010, he soon will put his architectural touches on a franchise that hit rock bottom. When you’ve won six games in the past three seasons and find yourself at the bottom of the NFL, it is dark, cold and a lot of pressure at the bottom, like the ocean floor. I’m not a scientist or an oceanographer, but I remember a few things from my oceanographer class. Benthos, sea animals which spend their entire lives near or on the bottom of the ocean floor. Lobster, worms, starfish and other various sea life, swim endlessly. Lobsters, for example swim the ocean floor, their content, comfortable while stuck in their surroundings and really can’t survive away from it. Not all NFL franchises are structured the same. It starts with “Strong Ownership”. That direction creates a solid foundation, a “Winning Tradition” is the bottom line. Mr. Kroneke understands the Most Valuable Member of his team, are “Rams Fans“. A strong and supportive fan base is the key to driving “Revenue”, bring profits to the organization. Build a championship team through the draft, while adding key Free Agents when needed, and winning the division every year. All aspects of the organization both Business and Football Operations must run in the same direction at an...

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Front Office 101

I started my Coaching career in Issaquah, WA. (Issaquah 89ers little league). I also coached for Sammamish H.S., the Seattle Cavilers, Eastside Express (Semi-pro), Flyde Falcons (Blackpool England), University Of Washington, and was in player personnel with the Carolina Panthers (Scout, Director of College Scouting 11 years) and St. Louis Rams (VP Player Personnel 4 years). In every step of the way player evaluation is extremely important. In the NFL and all professional leagues, making sure the coaching staff and personnel department speak the same language in meetings, writing reports, and evaluating players DNA (film), is key to the success of the total evaluation process. For all you Fantasy football owners, football junkies, and all those females that know the NFL better than their husbands, listed below are positional definitions that will help you speak the language of a professional scout, when breaking down a position. This is Football 101 – from the front office perspective. QUARTERBACKS Leadership: Natural born leader that commands respect. Poise: Composure and the ability to perform under pressure situations; courage. Judgment: Field vision and not forcing balls into double coverage. Clutch: Ability and confidence to consistently deliver big plays under pressure. Defense Recognition: Pre snap defensive reads, finding primary and secondary receivers, blitz recognition, ability to audible or change play at LOS; coverage recognition on the move. Set-up: Quickness to release from under Center...

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