Midseason Report Card Grades for Every NFL Rookie Class

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Midseason Report Card Grades for Every NFL Rookie Class
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It's that time in the season where we take a good look at each team's rookie draft class to get a better look at who the winners and losers are from April.

In order to do this properly, I set up a simple yet tedious system that awards points to players for performance as well as potential. For the performance aspect I weighted certain statistical categories based on importance and then gave each statistical category a numeric value.

The stats included for the point system ranged anywhere from factoring in the total grade of each rookie courtesy of Pro Football Focus, which grades every play of every player throughout a season, to rushing yards, touchdowns, sacks, tackles, interceptions, etc.

Basically, I weighted and considered every major statistical category, including some advanced metrics, in order to create a fairly inclusive number score for each player.

For potential, I utilized my preexisting prospect ranking list based on their college production and testing times to give a little bit of weight to a player's untapped pro potential. I then added those numbers up for each team to generate a team number score that was later transferred into a letter grade based on the total score of each player drafted by that particular team.

For some frame of reference, here is a grading scale and how those numbers should be processed as you read through the slideshow.


Grading Scale for Player Point Totals

Early first-round quality: 30 points and up

Late first-round quality: 20 to 29.9 points

Second-round quality: 8 to 19.9 points

Third-round quality:  4 to 7.9 points

Fourth-round quality: 1 to 3.9 points

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