Grading the Bengals by Position

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Grading the Bengals by Position

A common way that football coaches evaluate their players is through a grading system. When I played, every player received a packet with his grade in it when we arrived to watch film the day after a game.

Every play that I participated in, my receiver’s coach would grade my performance in each play I participated in—physically (Did I run a crisp route? Did I stalk block well?) as well as mentally (Did I read the coverage correctly? Did I run the correct route?).


Heading into the offseason, free agency and the NFL draft, the Bengals have to attribute grades to each position as they decide where to focus for free agency and the draft.

The following are my grades for each position group. The scoring model is as follows:

A – Group is solid, intact and in no need of change

B – Strong nucleus but in need of depth

C – One or two good players; in need of playmaker and depth; some youth and inexperience

D – One good player; big fish in a small pond; young inexperienced players

F – No good players; no depth; in need of serious financial attention

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