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Will Fuller, The Houston Texans and Justifying Draft Picks

Will Fuller, The Houston Texans and Justifying Draft Picks

At this time of the year there is a lot of rationalizing being done. Everyone needs to justify the moves...

Indianapolis Colts Must Continue to Work on Offensive Line After the NFL Draft

Indianapolis Colts Must Continue to Work on Offensive Line After the NFL Draft

In a draft that was celebrated for its quality and depth on the defensive side of the ball, the Indianapolis...

Should we trust Hue Jackson on Cody Kessler?

Should we trust Hue Jackson on Cody Kessler?

“You’ve got to trust me on this one.” That was the money quote from Hue Jackson. His Cleveland Browns had...

Developmental Quarterbacks: The NFL Draft’s Pyramid Scheme

Developmental Quarterbacks: The NFL Draft’s Pyramid Scheme

15 quarterbacks were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. Jared Goff and Carson Wentz went first and second overall, before...

NFL Draft: Round 1 Reactions

NFL Draft: Round 1 Reactions

1. Jared Goff to the Los Angeles Rams Goff can be what the Rams need, a competent complement to Todd...

Everybody Wins in a Sam Bradford Trade

Everybody Wins in a Sam Bradford Trade

The Philadelphia Eagles are in a frenzy. It feels like the franchise has been in a frenzy since hurriedly moving...

Pre-Snap Reads Mock Draft 2.0

Pre-Snap Reads Mock Draft 2.0

In this mock draft, I will make selections that I think teams should make but I will restrict my options...

Who Should Draft Myles Jack in the First Round of the 2016 NFL Draft?

Who Should Draft Myles Jack in the First Round of the 2016 NFL Draft?

Have you ever seen Guardians of the Galaxy? It’s one of those super hero films that has taken over Hollywood...

How Height Unfairly Sets Up NFL Quarterback Prospects for Success/Failure

How Height Unfairly Sets Up NFL Quarterback Prospects for Success/Failure

Three quarterbacks who officially measured 5’11” or shorter have thrown at least 100 passes in the NFL since 1990: Doug...

It’s an Important Draft for the Minnesota Vikings

It’s an Important Draft for the Minnesota Vikings

The defining trait of Bill Belichick’s career is self-evaluation. Belichick understands what he’s got better than any other coach on the...

Muhammad Wilkerson Trade Proposals

Muhammad Wilkerson Trade Proposals

Now that the destinations of the top two quarterbacks are known, it’s time for the other draft storylines to be...

NFL Draft Rankings: Ranking the Players I’ve Been Able to Watch

NFL Draft Rankings: Ranking the Players I’ve Been Able to Watch

As with every year, the draft is a secondary focus for me. I won’t be firsting on any prospects because...

New Orleans Saints Need Shaq Lawson’s Style and Skill Set

New Orleans Saints Need Shaq Lawson’s Style and Skill Set

The biggest move the New Orleans Saints made this offseason, besides re-signing Sean Payton to a five-year contract, was adding...

Paxton Lynch Will Be Victim of Irrational Quarterback Market During 2016 NFL Draft

Paxton Lynch Will Be Victim of Irrational Quarterback Market During 2016 NFL Draft

Paxton Lynch is gaining some momentum as we approach the draft. After the Los Angeles Rams traded up with the Tennessee...

Miami Dolphins Must Focus on Three Specific Prospects in 2016 NFL Draft

Miami Dolphins Must Focus on Three Specific Prospects in 2016 NFL Draft

Mike Tannenbaum is confronted by three doors. He can see the contents of each room. The first shows him Cody...

Ronnie Stanley Would Complete the Foundation of the Chicago Bears Offense

Ronnie Stanley Would Complete the Foundation of the Chicago Bears Offense

Charles Leno is in line to be the Chicago Bears starting left tackle this season. Unless Bobby Massie was signed to...

Sheldon Rankins Would Allow Oakland Raiders To Multiply Impact of Greatest Strength on Defense

Sheldon Rankins Would Allow Oakland Raiders To Multiply Impact of Greatest Strength on Defense

Picking in the 11-15 range of the the draft has proven to be profitable over recent years. Odell Beckham and...

How the Rams Can Set Up Their Rookie Quarterback For Success

How the Rams Can Set Up Their Rookie Quarterback For Success

37.8 percent of Nick Foles’ yards in 2015 came on throws where the ball didn’t travel further than two yards...

Who Could the Tennessee Titans Pick in the Draft After Trade With St. Louis Rams?

Who Could the Tennessee Titans Pick in the Draft After Trade With St. Louis Rams?

The St. Louis Los Angeles Rams are adding Carson Wentz to Todd Gurley’s offense. There are conflicting reports about whether...

New York Giants, Josh Doctson and Trading Down

New York Giants, Josh Doctson and Trading Down

In 2015, Eli Manning lost 62 completions to his receivers. 62 times Manning threw an accurate pass that his receiver...

The Invasiveness of the NFL Draft Process and Robert Nkemdiche’s Talent

The Invasiveness of the NFL Draft Process and Robert Nkemdiche’s Talent

The NFL draft process is invasive to an unnecessary degree. Long before they can be drafted, prospects are forced to...

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Best Direction in the 2016 NFL Draft

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Best Direction in the 2016 NFL Draft

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers firing of Lovie Smith wasn’t so much a curious move as curious timing. The franchise appeared...

The Philadelphia Eagles Best Direction in the 2016 NFL Draft

The Philadelphia Eagles Best Direction in the 2016 NFL Draft

This is an important offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles. Moving on from Chip Kelly after one bad season puts the...

San Francisco 49ers Best Direction in the 2016 NFL Draft

San Francisco 49ers Best Direction in the 2016 NFL Draft

It looks like the 49ers are going to force a quarterback pick in this draft. Peter King recently suggested that...

Darian Thompson Offers NFL Teams Versatility and Consistency

Darian Thompson Offers NFL Teams Versatility and Consistency

For whatever reason, the NFL keeps undervaluing safeties. It should have changed this offseason when George Iloka hit the open...

The Baltimore Ravens Best Direction in the 2016 NFL Draft

The Baltimore Ravens Best Direction in the 2016 NFL Draft

No matter who Ozzie Newsome selects in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the pick will be praised....

Paul Perkins Could be the Steal of the 2016 NFL Draft

Paul Perkins Could be the Steal of the 2016 NFL Draft

This running back class is nasty. Ezekiel Elliott is expected to go in the top 10 or at worst fall...

What is Simple YAC and Why it Matters

What is Simple YAC and Why it Matters

Over the past few weeks I’ve written about what an Interceptable Pass is and what a Non-QB Interception is. Today...

What is a ‘Non-QB Interception’?

What is a ‘Non-QB Interception’?

In evaluation, it’s important to understand what each player is responsible for and what each player can control. Those should...

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Best Direction in the 2016 NFL Draft

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Best Direction in the 2016 NFL Draft

Since taking over in 2013, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley watched over teams that have combined for a 12-36...

Dallas Cowboys Must Prioritize Building Around Tony Romo, Not Beneath Him

Dallas Cowboys Must Prioritize Building Around Tony Romo, Not Beneath Him

This offseason should be simple for the Dallas Cowboys. They should be doing everything possible to build their roster around...

The Value of Cardale Jones

The Value of Cardale Jones

This is a bad quarterback class. Ever heard that one before? If not, you must be new to the NFL...

2016 NFL Draft: The San Diego Chargers’ Best Direction

2016 NFL Draft: The San Diego Chargers’ Best Direction

DeForest Buckner is the closest thing to a consensus pick in this year’s draft. Most of the mock drafts you...

2016 NFL Draft: The Cleveland Browns’ Best Direction

2016 NFL Draft: The Cleveland Browns’ Best Direction

At some point, the Cleveland Browns have to figure it out. Or at least, Jimmy Haslam has to. The Browns...

2016 NFL Draft: The Tennessee Titans’ Best Direction

2016 NFL Draft: The Tennessee Titans’ Best Direction

21 teams have hired a new head coach since 2013. Eight of those teams have hired two coaches over that...

What is an Interceptable Pass? Let Ryan Fitzpatrick Explain

What is an Interceptable Pass? Let Ryan Fitzpatrick Explain

Since writing the quarterback catalogue at the start of the year, I’ve often been asked what an interceptable pass is....

C.J. Prosise Can Be the NFL’s Next Arian Foster

C.J. Prosise Can Be the NFL’s Next Arian Foster

During his prime, there were few players more fun to watch than Arian Foster. Foster was one of a handful...

Chan Gailey, New York Jets Don’t Need Ryan Fitzpatrick

Chan Gailey, New York Jets Don’t Need Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrickgate… (Do we have an official -gate name yet? Isn’t everything supposed to be somethinggate nowadays? I guess if...

The Warts of Carson Wentz

The Warts of Carson Wentz

What should we value in an NFL quarterback prospect? Every year quarterbacks cause the greatest rifts at draft time because...

Michael Thomas and The Art of Manipulating Defensive Backs

Michael Thomas and The Art of Manipulating Defensive Backs

Catching the ball with your hands is an important trait for any NFL wide receiver. Not only are you more...

Robert Griffin III Is A Great Signing for the Cleveland Browns

Robert Griffin III Is A Great Signing for the Cleveland Browns

If Robert Griffin III had a career arc it would look like a short pier. He has just turned 26...

The Mike Wallace Effect, Deep Ball Accuracy and Ryan Tannehill

The Mike Wallace Effect, Deep Ball Accuracy and Ryan Tannehill

When Mike Wallace signed with the Baltimore Ravens last week, he was quick to shift blame for his failures in...

Vernon Adams Deserves to be A First-Round Pick in the 2016 NFL Draft

Vernon Adams Deserves to be A First-Round Pick in the 2016 NFL Draft

Russell Wilson fell to the third round of the 2012 draft because of his size and the way he played...

Case Keenum and the Los Angeles Rams Apathy Towards The Quarterback Position

Case Keenum and the Los Angeles Rams Apathy Towards The Quarterback Position

We’ve come to the point where we just accept the Los Angeles Rams for who they are. The Rams haven’t...

The Unknown of Bruce Irvin

The Unknown of Bruce Irvin

Bruce Irvin’s career has followed a strange path. Irvin entered the NFL as the 15th overall pick of the 2012...

DeForest Buckner, A Worthy Pick in the Top Five of the 2016 NFL Draft

DeForest Buckner, A Worthy Pick in the Top Five of the 2016 NFL Draft

Every so often I will watch football games on a Sunday with my father.

Pre-Snap Reads Mock Draft 1.0

Pre-Snap Reads Mock Draft 1.0

NFL Free Agency Reactions

NFL Free Agency Reactions

This page will be updated with expanded thoughts as free agents sign with new teams over the coming days.

Lamar Miller is the Star of the 2016 Free Agent Class

Lamar Miller is the Star of the 2016 Free Agent Class

Joe Philbin was a spectacular failure in Miami. It wasn’t just the results, the Dolphins went 24-28 in 52 games...

Jared Goff, Best Available Quarterback

Jared Goff, Best Available Quarterback

Back in 2011, a film called The Artist won the Oscar for Best Picture. It wasn’t your typical victor. The Artist was...

NFL Free Agency 2016: George Iloka is a Safety Built for the Modern Game

NFL Free Agency 2016: George Iloka is a Safety Built for the Modern Game

Troy Polamalu will be a hall of famer one day. Polamalu, the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year, was one...

Josh Doctson: An Undersold Superstar of the 2016 NFL Draft

Josh Doctson: An Undersold Superstar of the 2016 NFL Draft

Draft time is a time for discussions. It’s a time when people have more free time than during the season...

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