Category: Analysis

Buyer Beware: Drafting a RB High

The starting running back is arguably the second-most recognizable skill player on an NFL team’s offense, and as a result, when one is picked high in the draft, a lot of buzz and fan excitement is generated.   Everyone hopes that…

Welcome to FRG’s New Home!

Welcome to the new home for First-RoundGrade.com.  We have been overwhelmed by the readership through only a few months of the site’s launching.  We will maintain our policy of being a 100% free resource for NFL Draft information for all our…

The Overrated Files: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

Matt Barkley (QB, USC) has been the focus of attention by football scouts and sports media talking-heads since his days as a Junior at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California.  Following Barkley’s 2007 season with the Monarchs, he became the most decorated high school football player in the Country.  Barkley won the 2007 Gatorade National Player and Male Athlete of the Year awards as well as the Glenn Davis award (given to the best high school football player in Southern California).  In addition, he won the first ever Joe Montana Award, given to the best high school quarterback, and jumped to the top of every major prospect scouting list.  Needless to say, life was good for Matt.

Speculation swirled around Barkley and a potential commit to UCLA, but on Juanary 28, 2008, the heavily recruited right arm verbally committed to USC and continued his family’s legacy as a “Trojan”.

Tale of the Tape: Lattimore v. Ellington

*note:  Piece originally posted on 10/06/2012 before Lattimore’s season-ending injury* The newest in the series of scouting analysis to First-RoundGrade.com, “Tale of the Tape”, will focus on two draft-eligible prospects from the same position and compare and contrast their position-specific…

About Us

First-RoundGrade.com was founded by its Director of College Scouting, Bryan J. Perez.  Bryan has been scouting college football prospects for the better part of the last twenty years, and his ability to identify NFL talent has gained respect from NFL…