Tom Marino is a veteran of 35 years in the player personnel field, most recently with the St. Louis Rams. He has worked in three professional leagues (NFL, USFL, and WFL), and among his many accomplishments, is credited with the discovery of Eric Swann, the first non-collegiate player since 1946 to be selected in the 1st round of the NFL college draft.
The NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and Scout.com NFL Expert Tom Marino has
had his nose to the grindstone putting together the Scout.com Draft Board.
Marino graded over 1,000 NFL prospects and has them ranked on Scout.com.
"Once again, it starts off every year looking like it's going to be a poor
draft, until the juniors start to declare to add depth," said Marino.
"But as the juniors start entering, it ends up looking like a strong draft
Marino's Top 3 prospects in his Top
250 regardless of position are all juniors.
I think this year is deeper at wide receiver than last year, and Calvin Johnson
is the No. 1 prospect in this draft. He is the closest you have to a near
perfect wide receiver. He has everything, size, skill, hands; he's a mismatch
guy. He physically dominates those that have to cover him. He creates a mismatch
on every play, and he's a high character kid."
At quarterback, it's a fourth year junior from LSU that is ranked the No. 2
"JaMarcus Russell is a real physical specimen with a great arm. He moves
around real well for a big man. He's in the mold of Daunte Culpepper. He's a
little taller, and he's in that new wave of quarterbacks with that kind of size.
He has a ways to go in improving his skills, but he has everything necessary to
be a top player."
At No. 1 at running back, Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson checks in at No. 3 overall.
"Adrian Peterson is another player that has everything. The only thing he
lacks, is that he hasn't proven to be durable. But he's big, strong fast and has
everything he needs to be a bell-cow running back. I hate to make comparisons,
but he's a little like Eric Dickerson with that size, balance, and ability to
catch the ball out of the backfield."
Marino Graded over 1,000 prospects and gives you a look into how an NFL Grading
system looks. The links below show the Top 250 regardless of position, and then
each position broken down.
This list will be updated periodically right up to draft day, so stay tuned.
Scout.com and Tom Marino are your inside to what the Scouts really think.
Top 250 | QB
| RB | FB
| WR | TE
| OG | OC
DE | DT
| SLB | MLB
| WLB | CB
| SS | FS
| P | PK
Tom Marino Compiles these
What do the Type / Grades
Rank - Players are ranked numerically, then they are sorted by Grade
School - School Attended
POS - Projected position in the NFL
HT/WT - NFL measures height in 1/8 inch increments. 5104 means 5'10
or 5-10.5. "e" means estimated or self reported from college roster.
"v" means event verified at combine, all-star game, or private
Type/Grade - NFL Scouts Use a grading scale and a type scale to help
separate players. Read
Draft Range - The Round in which Scout.com Projects player to be