The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is here and as athletes, coaches, front-office staff, media and others converge on Indianapolis for the event, we here at Pro Football Focus are making the final preparations on our annual NFL Draft Guide. As PFF Edge and Elite subscribers remember, the PFF Draft Guide features player profiles unrivaled in the industry with four-year college grades, advanced statistics, measurements, ball-location heat maps for quarterbacks, receivers and defensive backs, combine data and much, much more.
Ahead of the combine, when the draft's most notable names will take part in events such as the 40-yard dash, today we will be giving you a glimpse ahead at what is inside of the 2019 NFL Draft Guide like never before. Included in this season's draft guide will be 600 player profiles from nearly every school across the country.
As for what you will receive when you sign up for PFF Edge or Elite, let's discuss:
As even the lesser-involved football fan may know, we at Pro Football Focus have graded every snap of every player during every game at the professional level since 2006 and at the college level since 2014. In that process, our game-by-game and season-level grades are unmatched, unrivaled and unparalleled. And, for the first time in our history, we have every draft-eligible player's full career's worth of grades in our 4-year grades section.
The 2019 PFF NFL Draft Guide will feature every player's previous four season's worth of grades in overall and their major facets of play, so, for instance, we'll have passing and rushing grade for a quarterback.
Want to see how well a player has improved over his time in college? Look no further than the 4-year grades section.
One of the main items of interest in any draft scouting report is how well that player compares to others around him. Our aptly-named Spider Chart section shows off just that. Inside of every player's profile, their individualized spider chart will showcase just how well they compared to the NCAA average at all sorts of different statistics and grades.
A byproduct of PFF grades just as much as they are a factor into the final 0-100 grade itself, PFF's advanced statistics go a long way at telling just how well a player performed outside of the general box score. Our advanced statistics vary from position to position but one thing is for certain, you can only find them here, inside the 2019 NFL Draft Guide.
Want to know how accurate a quarterback was against pressure? Want to know the number of snaps per outside pressure an edge defender recorded? How about how many snaps spent in coverage per yard allowed from a cornerback? Those and so many more are only found in the 2019 NFL Draft Guide.
Another truly unique facet of our advanced play-by-play grading is the amount of data we have not only at the game level or season level but at the individual player level, dating all the way back to 2014. Inside of every player's profile will also be their individual raw statistics that showcase their basic box-score data with a few other different PFF numbers for clarity's sake for the layman. Included will be every player's snap count; something PFF has become famous for over the years.
A product of our advanced ball-location charting and in-depth quarterback study, one of the processes at PFF is charting the location of every single pass from an accuracy, separation and coverage standpoint. We track not only whether a pass was completed, but also the coverage on a throw, the level of separation by a receiver and the exact location in which a quarterback placed every pass. We also look at where every pass was completed on the field, both how far down the field according to the line of scrimmage and how wide across the field according to the field boundary lines.
Our QB heat maps are unrivaled in that they've been checked, re-checked and reviewed for accuracy to unveil the most accurate ball-location charting in the industry.
How many passes did Drew Lock complete downfield? How many of Will Grier's throws went for touchdowns that he targeted at least 20 yards downfield? How well did Byron Murphy cover defenders in the intermediate range? Our heat maps have you covered.
Included in PFF's 2019 NFL Draft Guide will be 600 player profiles, all featuring the information above. Once the NFL Combine is complete, expect updated data and the ultimate release of the 2019 NFL Draft Guide soon thereafter.