Category: Players

  • Futures: Louisiville QB Teddy Bridgewater

    Futures: Louisiville QB Teddy Bridgewater

    Bridgewater is fluid, relaxed, and confident, but does his arm, deep accuracy, and hand size inspire the NFL’s confidence? Futures: Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater By Matt Waldman The question of what makes a good NFL quarterback isn’t much different than the question of what is healthy eating for a human being. Most want a simple […]

  • Reese’s Senior Bowl Offensive Practices Day 3

    Reese’s Senior Bowl Offensive Practices Day 3

    Players Who Grew On Me Oregon’s Josh Huff leads this list of players who I like more as I leave Mobile than I did upon my arrival. The receiver demonstrated that he could catch the ball with his hands on a consistent basis. While he doesn’t make receptions at the level of difficulty we see […]

  • Futures at Football Outsiders: What’s After Clowney?

    Futures at Football Outsiders: What’s After Clowney?

    by Matt Waldman Jadeveon Clowney is one of the headliners of the 2014 NFL Draft, but defensive end is not this year’s marquee position. One of the predominant reasons is the current prevalence of the 3-4 scheme in the NFL. A true 4-3 end capable of stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback at an […]

  • Sr. Bowl WR Technique Roundtable

    Sr. Bowl WR Technique Roundtable

    Five Senior Bowl wide receivers talked with Matt Waldman and provided helpful tips behind the techniques of playing their position. RSP: Cody, tell us about your development transitioning from high school to college. Cody Hoffman: In high school, we didn’t even have a receiver’s coach. When I got to BYU I worked on route running and the […]

  • Boiler Room: Arizona State RB Marion Grice

    Boiler Room: Arizona State RB Marion Grice

    One of my favorite players in this draft thus far is this 6-0, 204-lb. Sun Devils running back with the vision, balance, and grit to get the most from every play.  A series I started last spring at the RSP blog is The Boiler Room. One of the challenges involved with player analysis is to be succinct […]

  • Below the Radar: Alabama Utility Back Jalston Fowler

    Below the Radar: Alabama Utility Back Jalston Fowler

    Alabama FB/HB Jalston Folwer reminds me of Atlanta Falcons’ underrated ‘tweener Jason Snelling, only Fowler is a better ball carrier.  The eye in the sky doesn’t lie. It’s a pithy football cliché. But the eyes in our heads can fool us. It happens to everyone while watching a football game and play-by-play commentary can reinforce […]

  • UCF QB Blake Bortles

    UCF QB Blake Bortles

    QB Blake Bortles is a tall glass with water at the halfway mark, but is it half-full or half-empty? Last year, I broached the topic of comparing a quarterback prospect – E.J. Manuel – to a half a glass of water. Some saw the Bills quarterback as half-full, others half-empty. Blake Bortles is also one […]

  • “One Good Year” And Other Asinine Thoughts on QB Evaluation

    “One Good Year” And Other Asinine Thoughts on QB Evaluation

    One good year. It’s a cautionary refrain from the chorus of skeptics not sold on Central Florida junior Blake Bortles as a top-flight quarterback prospect (see my evaluation of Bortles vs. South Carolina). In the wee hours of the morning in a video-lit room evaluating quarterbacks, this three-word phrase will strike the fear in the […]

  • Aspire For The Catch, Settle For The Trap

    Aspire For The Catch, Settle For The Trap

    Marqise Lee, Gator Hoskins, and Draftbreakdown.com, provide good examples why extending the arms to catch the ball is important. Draft Breakdown.com is a wonderful source for viewing cut-ups of games. When I don’t have a game I need from my own growing library of recorded games (probably in the thousands by now) this site filled […]

  • Futures: Fresno State QB Derek Carr

    Futures: Fresno State QB Derek Carr

    Want a glimpse into a quarterback’s mind? Watch his feet. Derek Carr’s reveal initiative and impulsivity. Futures: Fresno State QB Derek Carr by Matt Waldman Want a glimpse into a quarterback’s mind? Watch his feet. If there’s a minimal amount of footwork before a throw, the passer is making quick decisions. If there are hitches […]