Category: 2016 NFL Draft

  • Integration, Projection, and Evaluation

    Integration, Projection, and Evaluation

    Integrating layers of information is vital to good player evaluation. An example of studying Braxton Miller reveals why. There are very few skill players I haven’t seen before I got to Mobile, but my first look at Braxton Miller came at the Senior Bowl last week. Waiting on Miller was by design. The former Buckeye quarterback has only […]

  • RSP Boiler Room: RB Brandon Ross And Maintaining a Down-Hill Mentality

    RSP Boiler Room: RB Brandon Ross And Maintaining a Down-Hill Mentality

    Gap runners perform better on fill-in the blank than multiple choice. Ross demonstrates why he’s a better fit for gap plays at this stage of his career. Watch Brandon Ross run it up the middle. Watch it again. See him taking on defenders? See him on the next play attacking the crease and not caring […]

  • RSP Boiler Room: TTU WR Jakeem Grant v. LSU CB TreDavious White

    RSP Boiler Room: TTU WR Jakeem Grant v. LSU CB TreDavious White

    It’s vital to analyze the alignment of the wide receiver and defense on every play. This long TD from Grant is all about where White begins the play. I would have loved to see Jakeeem Grant at the Senior Bowl. The senior is one of the best return men in this senior class and he’s […]

  • Senior Bowl Offensive Wrap

    Senior Bowl Offensive Wrap

    What Waldman learned about each offensive skill player after three Senior Bowl practices.  The Mobile Mardi Gras parade derailed our opportunity to reveal the tape for extra nuggets to share with you, but missing out on practice tape is far from a devastating development. The takeaways I seek from the Senior Bowl practices are basic: […]

  • Senior Bowl Defensive Wrap

    Senior Bowl Defensive Wrap

    There’s really no sugar coating it; it was a weird Senior Bowl week. The North practices were strong, but there weren’t any clear difference makers among the front seven prospects. The South roster was strong, but their practice sessions were light on full speed drills. And it didn’t help that there were 17 front seven […]

  • Brief Thoughts on South Practice Day 2

    Brief Thoughts on South Practice Day 2

    When you think you got a highlighter and what you got was a light blocker…during a rainy week no less. It’s totally metaphorical for the South Practice as it is literal for the Senior Bowl event. If you asked me this afternoon from the nosebleeds of Ladd Peeples Stadium about the Jacksonville-led practice on a […]

  • Rod Marinelli: Mickey Goldmill and the Physics of Defensive Line Play

    Rod Marinelli: Mickey Goldmill and the Physics of Defensive Line Play

      Widely recognized as one of the best teachers in the game, Rod Marinelli’s direct, passionate, encouraging, and personable demeanor was on display throughout practice. As I stalked Rod Marinelli from one end of Ladd-Peebles Stadium today, I kept hearing Mickey Goldmill and Richard Feynman in my head. Stay with me. The parallels to Rocky Balboa’s […]

  • North Practice Day 2

    North Practice Day 2

    More clues about the skill prospects emerged from the second day of North practices. Waldman has you covered.  Let’s begin with a bit of advice for observing practice in an outdoor stadium during cold, wet weather. Layers are essential. But you knew that if you weren’t raised by wolves. A small athletic bag stuffed with a […]

  • North Practice Day 1

    North Practice Day 1

    Waldman’s insights on the skill players from the Dallas-led practice session.  My goal isn’t to create clickbait, so don’t read too much into practices. I state this every year and I’ll continue doing so until there’s reason to say something different. It doesn’t mean there aren’t worthwhile nuggets from practice. Here are some of the players […]

  • Sr. Bowl Weigh-In

    Sr. Bowl Weigh-In

    Ask me 15 years ago if I thought I’d ever be critiquing the butts of men and I would have laughed you out of the room. Looking back, I can say that time makes asses of us all.  When it comes to the Senior Bowl Weigh-In, I’ve given you the basic facts and commentary as well as the […]