We're now two weeks away from the NFL Draft. We've looked at several different outlets to get a feel for FCS players and their projections. Today, let's use ESPN's grades for 2019 NFL Draft prospects to determine who the top guys are coming out of the FCS.
ESPN has grades on 374 players with the analysis done by ESPN Scouts Inc. The grading scale looks like this:
90-100 Rare Prospect
Player demonstrates rare abilities and can create mismatches that have an obvious impact on the game. Is a premier college player that has all the skill to take over a game and play at a championship level. He rates in the top 5 players in the nation at his position and is considered a first round draft prospect.
80-89 Outstanding Prospect
Player has abilities to create mismatches versus most opponents in the NFL. A feature player that has an impact on the outcome of the game. Cannot be shut down by a single player and plays on a consistent level week in and week out. He rates in the top 10 at his position and is considered a second round draft prospect.
70-79 Solid Prospect
Still a standout player at the college level that is close to being an elite player. He has no glaring weaknesses and will usually win his individual matchups, but does not dominate in every game, especially when matched up against the top players in the country. He will usually rate in the top third of players at his position and is considered a third round draft prospect.
60-69 Good Prospect
This player is an good starter that will give a solid effort week in and week out, but he is overmatched versus the better players in the nation. His weaknesses will be exposed against top competition. He is usually a prospect that is missing something from his game. For example, he has the size and skills to be an outstanding prospect, but lacks the speed. He will usually rate in the top half of the players at his position and is considered a middle round draft choice.
50-59 Adequate Prospect
These are usually players that play at a high level in college, but lack some measurables or skills to play at that same level in the NFL. He may be a player that has a lot of developmental qualities, or could be a player that will contribute right away on special teams or in a situational capacity. He will usually rate in the second-third at his position and is considered a fifth round draft choice.
21-49 Borderline Draft Prospect
These are players that teams like something about, but certainly do not have the full package in terms of NFL talent. A lot of times, teams will take chances on character players or developmental type athletes with this grade. And often, these are players that come from smaller schools or did not standout at the college level. NFL teams are looking for 'diamonds in the rough' with this type of prospect. He will usually rate in the bottom third of players at his position and will be considered a late round draft choice or un-drafted free agent.
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|Chris Johnson||N. Ala.||S||33|
|Emmanuel Butler||N. Ariz.||WR||33|
|Iosua Opeta||Weber St.||OG||33|
|Darryl Johnson Jr.||NC A&T||OLB||42|
|Chidi Okeke||Tenn. St.||OT||52|
|Keelan Doss||UC Davis||WR||53|
|Jazz Ferguson||NW St.||WR||55|
|Alex Wesley||N. Col.||WR||57|
|Tytus Howard||Ala. St.||OT||86|
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