In order to become the best possible talent evaluator, you have to look back at your work and be your own worst critic. Now that the 2013 NFL Draft is in the books, I decided to revisit the FRG Scouting Big Board (top 100) and see how it ultimately played out on draft weekend.
Below is the Big Board that was published a few days before the draft kicked off. The players appear in four different colors: Gold, Green, Black, and Red. The players in gold represent picks that were selected within five spots of their big board placement. Players in green are picks that were made within ten spots of their big board placement. Players in black were selected anywhere between 11 and 49 spots of their big board placement. Players in red were selected 50 or more spots from their big board placement.
It should be noted that this does not mean an evaluation was right or wrong. It simply compares FRG Scouting’s Big Board with the various big boards throughout the NFL. Andre Ellington, for example, was drafted 164 spots lower than his No. 23 ranking on FRG scouting’s Big Board. We are confident in our evaluation, but there’s a big disconnect between our grade and what the NFL obviously thought of him. Time will determine who is “right.”
The first three rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft is in the books. This year’s draft has routinely been described as one of the deepest in years, and the names remaining on the board prove that point. There are a lot of potential future starting quarterbacks available, along with some very talented running backs and defensive linemen.
Below are the highest-rated players still remaining from FRG Scouting’s Big Board. Their Big Board ranking appears at the left of their name. Remember: Follow FRG Scouting on Twitter for instant analysis on Day Three:
The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is in the books. And while there were a few surprises, many of the highly-rated prospects found themselves calling a new city home. While most of the top-32 players were drafted, the selections of guys like Justin Pugh (GIANTS), Kyle Long (BEARS) and Travis Frederick (COWBOYS) have caused several talented prospects to fall into day two.
Below are the highest-rated players still remaining from FRG Scouting’s Big Board. Their Big Board ranking appears at the left of their name. Remember: Follow FRG Scouting on Twitter for instant analysis on Day Two.
The 2013 NFL Draft is finally upon us. Check back here after every pick to read FRG Scouting’s analysis of the selection. We will grade each pick on a scale of A (Great Pick) to F (Awful Pick). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the 2013 NFL Draft!
NOTE: Player’s grade appears in parenthesis. All players listed have been evaluated by FRG Scouting. There are several CBs and Safeties yet to be evaluated at the time of publication. However, due to time constraints, the following is the 2013 Big Board of evaluated talent.
FRG’s Take: Barkevious Mingo projects as the best pass rushing talent in the 2013 draft class. His explosive first step and overall speed will enable him to beat NFL tackles to the corner on a consistent basis. Mingo has everything you look for when targeting a dominant edge rusher.
2.Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC (9.0)
FRG’s Take: Jonathan Cooper is one of the most gifted athletes to enter the NFL at the guard position in many years. Possessing footwork that would rival much lighter fullbacks and strength on par with NFL defensive tackles, Cooper has the potential to be a 10 year All Pro.