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.
- Ross Tucker & Evan Silva’s Fantasy Feast Podcast: “Eatin’ With Matt Waldman”
- Blogging the Boys Podcast
- Sigmund Bloom’s On the Couch Footballguys Podcast
The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
- What is the RSP/Why Buy the RSP?
- The RSP Film Room Series
- 2015 RSP Pre-Draft Video Tour
- RSP Post-Draft Video Tour
- 2015 Draft Analysis
- 2014 Draft Analysis
- 2013 Draft Analysis
- 2012 Draft Analysis
- 2011 Draft Analysis
On the NFL, scouting, and the development of football players
- Losing Your Football Innocence – Readers often ask me for advice on how to watch football with a more critical eye. My answers are inside, but if you take my advice you’ll lose your football innocence.
- Evaluating the Evaluator – The NFL still has a huge opportunity to improve as evaluators of talent and it begins with the process.
- Talent and Production: The Great Emotional Divide – It’s the path that every college talent must travel to become a productive pro. It’s something that neither scout nor coach nor general manager will ever know will happen for sure.
- Why Scouting Gets a Bum Rap–A Front Office Overhaul – It’s time to take front offices to the wood shed. No beatings though.
- “I am Smarter Than ‘Phillip’ Rivers” – The Wonderlic is great for testing future loan officers, but Matt Waldman would rather have Wonderlic failures like Jim Kelly or Ray Lewis as his on-field CEOs.
- My Expansion Franchise – You’ve just been awarded an NFL expansion team and must build your personnel department. Go.
- Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Prince, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and the Difficulty of Comparisons – My take on player comparisons.
- What is an Integrated Skill Set? – The precursor to my term “The I.T. (Integrated Technique) Factor.”
- Character, Media, & the NFL Draft: A Sour Cocktail – It’s a bad idea to evaluate his smile the way you critique his release. And I dare say that I’m more qualified than most of my peers when it comes to interviewing a perspective employee.
- Randy Moss & Exceptions to the Rule – Some greatness is easy overlooked because it is easier to focus more on what he can’t do rather than celebrate what he does better than everyone else.
- A Game of Inches: The Talent Gap By the Numbers – Based on these numbers, less than 1 percent of the seniors playing college football will ever earn a second contract in the NFL.
- Deny Emotion And You Only See A Fraction of the Game – Football and the analysis of the sport have become an increasingly intellectual pursuit of a physical game. However, the impact of emotion on the performance of players, plays, and a team remains as important as ever despite the desire to hide its seat at the table.
- The Hidden Advantage of Being a High NFL Draft Pick – This is Ryan Riddle’s work, but his writing on this topic based on his experience as a player echoes my sentiments. If I could buy this piece from Bleacher Report and post it on my blog, I’d do it.
On position-specific techniques, strategy, and concepts
- Boycotting the Corner Store: A Lesson for RBs
- Discerning Errors From Deficiencies: A WR’s Hands
- Tulane QB Ryan Griffin and The Disconnect Between Evaluating and Drafting Talent
- Quarterback Development: When Practice Reports Are Useless
- Vision Quest: The Artfulness of LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles
- Sr. Bowl WR Technique Roundtable
- What I’ve Learned: Context and Perspective Trump Technique – A football writer called me up yesterday morning and broached a topic that I believe separates the savvier talent analysts from the less nuanced: quarterback mechanics.