Category: 2015 NFL Draft

  • Boiler Room: WR DeVante Parker

    Boiler Room: WR DeVante Parker

    Selling a vertical route starts with the first few steps off the line. See why this is so important with successful route running. It’s hard not to like Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker as an NFL prospect. He’s tall, fast, and has a quick first-step with the ball in his hands. I also like his […]

  • Kasen Williams and The Gray Area Between Attacking and Protecting The Target

    Kasen Williams and The Gray Area Between Attacking and Protecting The Target

    Do you look at your past evaluations and apply what you’ve learned to your present work?  The response might not be what you think. Washington receiver Kasen Williams’ game offers me a way to explain.  I’m often asked how I evaluate my work. Usually, the question is attached with an assumption of how I evaluate […]

  • The Boiler Room: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah — The Difficulty of Judging Football Speed

    The Boiler Room: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah — The Difficulty of Judging Football Speed

    A common refrain among experienced coaches, scouts, and personnel managers is that football players rarely run untouched in a straight line for 40 yards. I’m not knocking the 40-yard dash as a combine activity — only attempting to place a proper frame around the evaluation tool when the media and fans magnify its importance. Whether […]

  • Quick Bursts: RB Michael Dyer and the Context of Patience

    Quick Bursts: RB Michael Dyer and the Context of Patience

    Do you judge a player’s decisions play-by-play or with a group of plays? There is no clear answer. Michael Dyer’s performance against Clemson is a good example A common refrain that ESPN radio host and Footballguys writer Cecil Lammey used to describe former Texas A&M running back Cyrus Gray before the Chiefs drafted him was […]