This week’s RLV: Previous Deckers, Guide to music at work, WWII told as a bar fight, Wonderlicked, and Norwegian Lady Day.
What is Reads Listens Views?
If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome. Most Fridays (except this month, because I’m wrapping up the RSP Publication) I post links to content I’m saving for later reading when I have time. You may not like everything listed here, but you’re bound to like something.
Views – Good Use For Drones
In Case You Missed It
- Futures: “I am smarter than ‘Phillip’ Rivers” – A look at the Wonderlic and why it’s a tool that’s limiting the NFL.
- Scouting QBs: Separating the Dark from the Dark – It’s the untamed wilderness of football evaluation.
- On the Couch w/Sigmund Bloom – Need to pass a couple of hours in the car? Working out? We talk Qbs and have a blast.
- QB and Management Style – Johnny Manziel
Pre-order the 2014 Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Friday’s are also my chance to thank you for reading my work, encourage you to follow the RSP blog, and download the Rookie Scouting Portfolio publication.
The RSP is available every April 1 for download. It’s a 250-page (give or take) draft publication filled with analysis of over 170 skill position prospects that has earned it a loyal following of happy readers:
- Draft history analysis
- Overrated/Underrated analysis
- Multidimensional player comparisons
- Individual skills analysis by position
This is only some of what you receive in the RSP publication. I began writing the RSP 9 years ago. At the time, I was an operations and process improvement manager who was certified in an operations certification standard. The training included best practices for performance evaluation processes – and quality performance from my teams was a hallmark of my work for nearly 15 years.
As much as I loved and studied football, I knew that the only way anyone would buy into my analysis would be to show my work. This meant making everything as transparent as possible:
- How I define everything I grade
- The point values for my grading
- The checklists/reports that I use for the grading
- All the play-by-play notes I take for the games that I grade
That’s right, I show my work down to the play-by-play notes. The “back of the RSP” is often another 700-1000 pages of content that comes with the 250-page RSP pre-draft guide.
Don’t worry, at least half of my readers never look at this part of the RSP. However, those who like to cross-check their own scouting reports (be it media, draftniks, or scouts), find this material a worthwhile resource. Even if they don’t agree with all of my assessments, the back of the book gives them a clear indication of why I made the calls that I did.
If you don’t have time to look into details, know that once you look through the RSP, there will be no question in your mind that I do the work, that I have a plan about the work that I do, and that you get more than your money’s worth. It’s why more and more draftniks every spring can’t wait until April 1.
If you think that’s a ton, you ain’t seen nothing. When you purchase the RSP, you also get a free post-draft publication that’s available for download a week after the NFL Draft. Fantasy football owners tell me all the time that this alone is worth the price.
Best yet, 10 percent of each RSP sale is donated to Darkness to Light, a non-profit devoted to preventing and addressing sexual abuse through community training in schools, religious groups, and a variety of civic groups across the U.S.
Here is what the RSP donated to D2L this year. According to D2L, the RSP’s 2013 donation amount was enough to train 250 adults in communities across the country.
- Recapping the News From Day 1 of Free Agency – Chase Stuart. If you don’t read him, you should.
- How Have Previous Decker’s Fared? – It’s a Stuart two-fer.
- Ken Whisenhunt Sees Dexter McCluster As RB – And I think Whiz gets it right.
- Josh Norris on QB Class – Nice job by my friend doing some video work at Rotoworld.
- Ryan Riddle’s UnderHyped Draft List – A nine-slide show at B/R.
Reads (Life In General)
- The Complete Guide to Listening to Music at Work – What works while working; what doesn’t.
- Freedom After 30 Years on Death Row – Example No. 1,49,598 why our criminal justice system is terribly flawed.
- Clues Emerge for Tesla’s $5 Billion Battery Factory – The continuing sag of the Tesla automobile company.
- 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently
- Belle Knox: Article No. 1 and Article No. 2
- The Dark Power of Fraternities – I haven’t read it yet. Never had interest in joining a frat, but I do fear this might lean a little too left for me – and I lean left. We’ll see.
Listens – Norwegian Girl Channeling Billie Holiday