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Who is this Matt Waldman guy? What is the Rookie Scouting Portfolio? What’s this all about?

Sean Douglas, a reader and fantasy writer, suggested I maintain a running page with information that folks like you and Sean can send people to find out about me and what this is all about. Sean suggested my posts that complement my views on evaluating players, podcasts that give new folks a good idea of what I bring to the table, and possibly topics outside of football.

Good ideas, Sean.


The Rookie Scouting Portfolio

On the NFL, scouting, and the development of football players

On position-specific techniques, strategy, and concepts


  1. Hey there, been really a fan of your work going into year 3 now. First year was the Eric Kendricks year where after watching your videos along with my own eye test, I really felt strongly about him being a top 20 pick. I get to go to Mankato every year and do photography for Vikefans.com and spoke with Mr. Kendricks and talked to him about the bucket steps, his brother, film study. Also told him you know you weren’t 45th best player in the draft. All he did was smile, because he knew it but wasn’t going to say it.
    Anyways had a request, Im a Vikings diehard, and already diving into draft season again. With AP surely done in Minny I’ve been watching tape on RBs that I think will be 2nd round or further down due to Bradford trade and no 1st rounder. One guy who has really caught my eye is D’Onta Foreman, from Texas. At just under 6 foot the 240ish lb RB has great skills and would like your opinion on Foreman. IMO I see the vision and running style of Le’veon Bell without the high end agility and stiff arm techniques. But in open field look god awfully simular. Maybe Im wrong, but really would like to see a video breakdown of your assessment of D’Onta Foreman. Thx Jason @VikefansBeast

  2. Hey Matt
    I love your work and subscribe to your draft guides. Great insight and thoughtful comments on your podcasts! And I am a Georgia Bulldog so you can imagine how close I follow your work.
    What do you think of Wims? I have 5-7 WR spots (we start 3) Of course I have AJ already
    Would you take a flyer on Wims this year for the last roster spot? We are dynasty…rookie contracts last 4 years at their auction price then they go back into the auction.
    He is under most radars as I’m the only Dawg fan so I assume he will cost a $1. I love those great catches he makes but not sure if makes the team
    at this point in the preseason. We draft Sunday. Thanks for any advice =)
    Ill have to over pay for Roquan, Chubb and Sony already….hoping Wims is my sneak attack

    • Sorry I missed this, John. I was out of town for a work-related project. I’m not a huge fan of Wims’ starter potential. He has the skills of a worthwhile role player long-term but his athletic ability that matches up well with the NFL is the type that usually looks good during the preseason. He’s worth a flyer but I wouldn’t get too aggressive.

  3. I’m having problems downloading the RSP that I paid for. I try to open with Adobe and it’s not coded properly? What app should I use? Any chance you can email it to my account login email? Thank you! Been a fan of your work for years!

    • Hey Tony, email me at mattwaldmanrsp@gmail and confirm the email you used to purchase. If you tried earlier this week without success, my server folks had a failing disk. If you tried without success today, I will email them to you upon confirmation of purchase with email. I will do this tomorrow, thanks.

  4. Hey matt,
    Just wanted tell you i think you do an awesome job im a big fan of what you do. Ive always been a loved doing amateur scouting and profiling, and have recently just started doing videos and posting them to my ffl group chat. I want to take it to the next level, im just unsure of the juances abd legalities. I assume youre a busy guy, but would love to pick your brain. If you ever have a minute to email and look over a video or 2 of mine and give me a critique and answer some questions id appreciate it, if not i understand. Thanks again for what you do.

    • Hey Jason,

      I’ll have more time after May to have this conversation. In the meantime, I would suggest looking into the Scouting Academy as an educational resource. Dan Hatman’s company is well-organized and does good work. Hit me up with an email in May at mattwaldmanrsp@gmail.com for a longer conversation. As for a quick overview of legalities… I am not an attorney so I am not giving advice based on full knowledge of the law. I highly suggest you consult an intellectual property attorney because I don’t know the details of your plans and won’t have time really discuss anything you casually broach until late May.

      If you’re not planning to ask for money or sell a product in conjunction with your videos you can look into claiming educational use. Some entities have a protect first, ask questions later type of mentality about education claims on YouTube (the NFL). So if you’re doing NFL videos, that’s an area you’ll need to research in-depth. If you’re doing college videos and you’re not selling a product or asking for money, then it’s a little more straight-forward.

      As you see with my videos, I don’t sell my product there. I simply refer people to a tour of the publication or links to my site, pod, twitter, etc. Hope that helps for the time being.


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