Category: 2016 NFL Draft

  • Matt Waldman’s RSP Pre-Draft Scouting Report of QB Carson Wentz

    Matt Waldman’s RSP Pre-Draft Scouting Report of QB Carson Wentz

    Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio shares its pre-draft scouting report of Eagle quarterback Carson Wentz. System fit is a huge part of projecting a player’s success. Looking back at my scouting report on Carson Wentz, I anticipated that Wentz’s success would hinge on how well he managed change. This may be true, but another truth emerged […]

  • Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens Miami RB Kenyan Drake: What He Must Learn

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens Miami RB Kenyan Drake: What He Must Learn

    Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio NFL Lens examines a play of Kenyan Drake’s in November that illustrates where Drake must refine his game. Kenyan Drake has the athletic ability of a Pro Bowl running back. At Alabama, Drake would dazzle fans as a space player. He could also thrill if he earned a huge lane up the […]

  • RSP NFL Lens Broncos QB Paxton Lynch’s Red Zone Management: Then and Now…

    RSP NFL Lens Broncos QB Paxton Lynch’s Red Zone Management: Then and Now…

    Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio revisits an area of Paxton Lynch’s game that required work upon entering the league. Has he improved?  The Denver Broncos made a significant investment in Paxton Lynch in 2016 but there’s a good chance that two quarterbacks who didn’t remotely see the first round of the NFL Draft will be […]

  • RSP Flashback: Pre-Draft Scouting Report of Saints WR Michael Thomas

    RSP Flashback: Pre-Draft Scouting Report of Saints WR Michael Thomas

    Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio posts its pre-draft NFL scouting report of Saints receiver Michael Thomas.  Michael Thomas was two-tenths of a point from the No. 3 spot in my pre-draft rankings. That was the point differential between him, Corey Coleman, and Leonte Carroo and as I mention at the end of the report, the scheme […]

  • Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell, Review and Preview

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell, Review and Preview

    Matt Waldman’s RSP checks in with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell’s game and shows where the former first-round draft pick has potential to become a productive asset this year in Minnesota.  Laquon Treadwell was my No. 1 pre-draft prospect at the wide receiver position three years ago. I compared his style to Michael Irvin and a […]

  • Making Sense of Dak Prescott (And How It Will Change the Future of the RSP)

    Making Sense of Dak Prescott (And How It Will Change the Future of the RSP)

    Matt Waldman, of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio, reflects on Dak Prescott’s sterling rookie campaign and explains how he re-evaluated his  process in light of Prescott’s success. What he discovered, about missing on the Dallas quarterback, reminded him of the opposite outcome with Russell Wilson.  [Note: This post is an excerpt from my QB chapter in the […]

  • Pre-Draft Sample of Pats WR Malcolm Mitchell

    Pre-Draft Sample of Pats WR Malcolm Mitchell

    On April 1, I told my readers that Mitchell would be a good fit with the Patriots. Find out why.  For the past 12 years, I’ve been publishing the Rookie Scouting Portfolio. If you’re new to the RSP, you can read more about it here or take a video tour. I rated Mitchell the No.8 […]

  • “But Can He Make Music?”

    “But Can He Make Music?”

    “Have your views about Jared Goff and Dak Prescott changed now that we’ve seen them during the preseason?”  Matt answers this question and the deeper one underlying it.  I was wrong to think that Jared Goff was the most pro ready of the 2016 rookie quarterback class. I underestimated the difficulty of the transition from […]

  • RSP Film Room No.86: RB Keith Marshall

    RSP Film Room No.86: RB Keith Marshall

    4for4.com and Rushing Perspective Analyst Joe Holka joins the program for a look at Keith Marshall’s senior tape and pre-injury highlights.  Keith Marshall is generating positive buzz for his speed, strength, and maturity in training camp. He’s clearly the No.3 on Washington’s depth chart but a strong preseason could earn Marshall playing time. Joe Holka […]

  • RSP Sample: Raiders UDFA RB Jalen Richard

    RSP Sample: Raiders UDFA RB Jalen Richard

    Wondering why I had Jalen Richard above Tyler Ervin, Jordan Howard, and nearly even with Jonathan Williams? Read below.  Last winter, Sigmund Bloom called me to talk shop. I was in the middle of wrapping up my final grades on running backs. One of the players no one was talking about but consistently popped was […]