If you think of me when you see these three players – among others – you don’t need me to say any more. If you don’t, perhaps its time to starting downloading the RSP publication every April 1 Based on eight years of experience, you’ll thank me later. But first . . . What is Reads Listens Views? If you’re new to the blog, every Friday I supply links to things I thought were worth a read about football and the world beyond it. I also provide videos of music I enjoy, football players from the past, and a variety of other topics.
Most of all, I take this day to say thank you and yes, remind you to get the 2013 RSP.
Thanks to all of you who read the blog, follow me on Twitter, and purchase the Rookie Scouting Portfolio publication. Available for download every April 1 (no joke) for going on eight years, the RSP is an online .PDF publication devoted to the play-by-play study of NFL prospects at the offensive skill positions. The publication has a menu that bookmarks the document so you have two types of analysis. The first portion is a magazine-style, pre-draft analysis of 120-150 pages that includes position rankings, player comparisons, skill set analysis of each position, and sleepers.
The second portion is where I show all my work: between 700-800 pages of grading reports, play-by-play analysis of every player and game I watched, and a glossary that defines every criteria in my grading reports. My readers who want the bottom line love the first half of the book and appreciate the transparency of this section. My hardcore readers love the fact that they can dive as deep as they want into these raw play-by-play notes.
Included with the RSP (since 2012) is a post-draft document between 50-70 pages that comes out a week after the NFL Draft with updated post-draft rankings, tiers, team fit analysis, and fantasy cheat sheet with value analysis (Russell Wilson was calculated as the best value last year). Fantasy owners can’t get enough of it.
The RSP is $19.95 and I donate 10 percent of each sale to Darkness to Light, a non-profit dedicated to training individuals and communities on the prevention of sexual abuse. Past years of publications (2006-2012) are available for $9.95 and I also donate 10 percent of each sale to D2L. You can prepay for the 2013 RSP now.
RSPWP2 – What Is It?
We’re nearly four rounds into the Second Annual Rookie Scouting Portfolio Writers Project. To follow along you can access the draft room any time and choose a team to read commentary on their selections.
One of the biggest questions I see about this project is What is the purpose?
- Build a winner this year?
- Build a long-term winner?
- Beat everyone else drafting?
The primary answer is we want discussion. Takes on players and how they fit into scheme. Interaction among some of the best people writing about football online in a variety of formats: news, strategy, advanced stats, and fantasy sports. Yes, fantasy sports writers have a rightful place at the table. I’ve had a lot of request for a grid format to view the draft picks. As we get into the middle rounds of the draft, we’ll make an Excel table available for download and update it periodically for your viewing pleasure.
- Jimmy Smith is one of the best wide receivers in NFL history – Chase Stuart breaks down the numbers to show you why the Jaguars star deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
- Fujita Speaks Up on Openly Gay Players In NFL – Good series on the subject that includes a link profiling the diametrically opposed views between Matt Birk and Chris Kluwe.
- Cosell’s First Take: The Chip Kelly Litmus Test – You’ve probably read it. Just doing a public service if you haven’t.
- This Awesome Urn Will Turn You Into a Tree After You Die – Like it.
- Photo Essay: Photographer as Witness to Domestic Violence – If you’re a man read this so you can help others who think they are men learn to be men by not tolerating this junk.
- Scientists Report First Cure of HIV in a Child – A case were drugs and kids may actually be a good thing.
- The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking – Germany was one of the more civilized societies on the planet before it happened. Think about that.
M.A.V. – Micro Air Vehicles – As with all technology, the uses can be awe-inspiring and awful. The glass is half-empty for me on this one, folks.