The RSP is still on schedule for reader download on April 1.
I finished my last budgeted game of film study Friday night. Here is the rough list of players who will appear in the pre-draft publication. There are a handful of players who have not declared for the draft on this list. They will appear in the 2015 RSP.
There are also a handful of prospects I didn’t have a chance to study prior to my research deadline. Among them are quarterbacks Jordan Lynch, Tom Savage, and Keith Price. I’ll be studying them for the RSP Post-Draft Add-on, which you get free with purchase of the pre-draft publication.
For those of you new to the RSP, the April 1 publication ranks players on talent without regard to character or “draft stock”. The Post-Draft Add-on gives a pragmatic perspective to rankings based on the NFL Draft and is available for download a week after the draft.
I tell my readers that the pre-draft is the purer analysis. Three years from now, a player’s round of selection will mean much less than it will two months from now.
Sometimes, it happens three months after the draft: Marlon Brown, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Alfred Morris are all players that you wouldn’t find much about in most publications because they weren’t even considered “the supporting cast” on draft day. I have not have ranked them in my top-10, but I gave them prominent attention and ranking devoid of the class warfare that is draft status.
You’ll want to know about a player’s talent based on game film and football beat writers often lack the time, space, and knowledge to tell you. If you’re lucky, they’ll tell you where the player came from, when he was drafted (if at all), and some old stat or one-liner about his physical skills.
The savvy ones get the RSP.
You can order the 2014 Rookie Scouting Portfolio now and I’ll email you when its available for download on April 1 (sometimes earlier for those who order before that date). The Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2014 RSPs at no additional charge and is available for download within a week after the NFL Draft. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 apiece.