Category: 2014 NFL Draft

  • Vision Quest: The Artfulness of LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles

    Vision Quest: The Artfulness of LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles

    Vision is a magical term in football. It’s not a single skill, but an integration of several. It requires anticipation, awareness, confidence, creativity, pacing, and split-second processing of all these traits (and others) to determine optimal risk-reward. Vision is a dazzling illustration that the game of football is not a science, but performance art. Science […]

  • No-Huddle Series: Cal/Green Bay TE Richard Rodgers

    No-Huddle Series: Cal/Green Bay TE Richard Rodgers

    Cal tight end Richard Rodgers isn’t at the top of this class, but he has the tools to climb an NFL depth chart.  The difference between a college star and an NFL starter is a player’s ability to integrate skills into meaningful play. Otherwise, his value to the team will be little more than that […]

  • Talent Mining: Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon

    Talent Mining: Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon

    One of the most compelling skill players in this draft is former QB Jerick McKinnon, the Vikings’ third-round pick to back up Adrian Peterson. Former players like Ryan Riddle say that NFL coaching is focused more on scheme than skills development. It’s one of the reasons why I find player development in pro football so […]

  • Chicago Bears RB Ka’Deem Carey: Substance Over Flash

    Chicago Bears RB Ka’Deem Carey: Substance Over Flash

     Many draftniks are lukewarm about Ka’Deem Carey’s prospects, but it’s the little things he does that generate big plays that get me excited about his future. A scout told me this spring that Ka’Deem Carey is the type of runner that scouts like and coaches love, but makes personnel executives squint their eyes.  Carey’s off-field […]

  • 2014 RSP Post-Draft Ready for Download!

    2014 RSP Post-Draft Ready for Download!

    Waiting to buy the RSP for the Post-Draft Analysis? Wait no longer . . .  “I’m not sure it would be a good business decisions, but I [would] probably pay $100 for the Matt Waldman Rookie Scouting Portfolio.” -Mike Beckley, @NFLLionBlood on Twitter The 2014 Rookie Scouting Portfolio Post-Draft Add-On is ready for download.  If you’re in […]

  • Teddy Bridgewater’s NFL Personality Assessment

    Teddy Bridgewater’s NFL Personality Assessment

    An NFL source confirmed to me that Teddy Bridgewater has scored exceptionally well on a league-used personality assessment.  I know how some bloggers have develop some disdain for the anonymous source when it comes to football news.  If you’re one of them, this isn’t the post you want to read. If you don’t care, tonight […]

  • Futures: QB Tom Savage

    Futures: QB Tom Savage

    Savage has the physical skills and flashes of on-field play that make him look like a first-rounder. Is his rumored late rise up draft boards a product of hyperbolic thinking? Futures: Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage By Matt Waldman Beware of the fast rising quarterback. This is what Football Outsiders newcomer Jason Lisk wrote in 2012 […]

  • Gruden QB Camp: Teddy Bridgewater

    Gruden QB Camp: Teddy Bridgewater

    Reader Advisory: This series is an experiment. The takes within are not anything that I’m willing to stand behind as enhancing or detracting from the “draft value” of the players I am profiling here. I developed this series to illustrate the subjectivity of a player interview. There will be plenty of armchair psychology and body language analysis interlaced […]

  • Gruden QB Camp: Tajh Boyd

    Gruden QB Camp: Tajh Boyd

    Reader Advisory: This series is an experiment. The takes within are not anything that I’m willing to stand behind as enhancing or detracting from the “draft value” of the players I am profiling here. I developed this series to illustrate the subjectivity of a player interview. There will be plenty of armchair psychology and body language […]

  • Futures: My Expansion Franchise

    Futures: My Expansion Franchise

    You’ve just been awarded an NFL expansion team and must build your personnel department. Go. Futures: My Expansion Franchise By Matt Waldman When the writer of Smartfootball.com suggests that, “you should storify that series of tweets,” it’s a take on a subject worth further exploration. The topic came courtesy of Luke Easterling (@NFLDraftReport) who, on […]