DraftNasty's Big Boards




Through all of the player analysis, another major element of the site is the Big Board. Our analysts spend countless hours grading each player listed on the Big Boards. Using their detailed grading system, the correspondents at rank collegiate players throughout the country. The Big Board is updated daily.


An Explanation of Our Grading Formula staff, analysts, scouts and correspondents use an eight-pronged scale to grade players based on eight identifying characteristics.  These characteristics were developed in a series of meetings during the inception of our company in the summer of 2009. 

DraftNasty senior executive director Barney Chavous developed the entire system and grading formula. 

Chavous spent twenty-eight years as a player and coach in the NFL for the Denver Broncos.  He played 14 years for the Broncos.  When he retired, Chavous was the Broncos’ all-time leader in games played and sacks (75 ½).  He was a key member of the infamous Orange Crush defense that helped guide the Broncos to a Super Bowl XII appearance vs. the Dallas Cowboys.  A graduate of South Carolina State, Chavous earned Pittsburgh Courier Rookie of the Year honors in 1973.

Chavous went on to spend another 14 years as an assistant strength/OL coach with the team.  He was a coach on the back-to-back Denver Broncos' Super Bowl Champion teams of the late 90s. 

Our steadfast belief is that the main criteria for grading players should come from the following eight characteristics:




Vision/Hand Eye Coordination





Football IQ


These do not constitute a numerical value in terms of importance, but are all combined on an eight-point scale.


.90-1.00-Outstanding, Elite


.80-.89-Good to Very Good


.70-.79-Average to Above Average


.60-.69-Barely passing to Below Average


.59 or lower-Failing


Note:  This number can get really low if the characteristic is severely lacking or has little or no chance to improve.

We have never graded a player with a perfect 8.0 score and the following numerical values are used to determine our final draft grades on each prospect. 


Grade/Score                                    Round


6.5 or higher                                    1st Round


6.1-6.49                                            2nd Round


5.7-6.09                                            3rd Round


5.2-5.69                                            4th Round


4.7-5.19                                            5th Round


4.2-4.69                                            6th Round


3.7-4.19-                                           7th Round


3.69 or lower-                                  Free Agent


Note:  The 1.0 grading scale takes the average if there are two qualities grouped into one identifying characteristic.  For example, a player can have elite explosion but if he has some stiffness, it will average out the category accordingly. 


Explosion-.73    Agility-.50

Explosiveness/Agility-  .615