Category: Running Back

  • Talents on the Fringe: RB Shakir Bell

    Talents on the Fringe: RB Shakir Bell

    Every draft has a handful of players where the talent is there, but they don’t register on the draft media’s Richter Scale. When it comes to the lens of the media, I’m drawn to players on the periphery. I enjoy uncovering the mystery behind players who perform well enough on the field to earn more […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Boiler Room: Ole Miss RB/PR Jeff Scott

    Boiler Room: Ole Miss RB/PR Jeff Scott

    Curling into the fetal position was a highlight I considered, but it wouldn’t be fair to a dynamic player. The Boiler Room Series is my attempt to capture the state of an NFL prospect’s development into a single play. This is an impossible task, but what if you have a limited number of plays to […]

  • Isaiah Crowell

    Isaiah Crowell

    Based on talent only, Alabama State’s Isaiah Crowell is the best RB in this 2014 draft class. Talent isn’t everything.   Watch an Alabama State football game and you’ll see a talented young man in a hurry. Isaiah Crowell has a sense of urgency that transcends the field of play.  Every time  the Hornets’ 5’11”, […]

  • Futures – Intuition and Process: FSU RB Karlos Williams

    Futures – Intuition and Process: FSU RB Karlos Williams

    Futures: FSU RB Karlos Williams by Matt Waldman People love the idea of being one step ahead of everyone else. It’s why the question, “Who is a player you like in next year’s draft?” is one of the most common I receive. I spend so much time studying the prospects most likely to declare for this year’s […]

  • RSP Flashback: Overrated (McFadden/Jones) – Underrated (Forte)

    RSP Flashback: Overrated (McFadden/Jones) – Underrated (Forte)

    The 2008 RB class was a defining moment for my development as a draft analyst.  The love for Darren McFadden was off the charts. Meanwhile there was a back toiling away in New Orleans who I thought was much better. It was another lesson in sticking to what you see and explaining it all in […]

  • Bobby Rainey’s Career Day

    Bobby Rainey’s Career Day

    I’d like to believe that last weekend will be the beginning of a long and fruitful career as an NFL starter for Bobby Rainey, but I’m not naive. The one position in the NFL where there is no shortage of talent is running back. There may be teams that lack a good eye for matching […]

  • NFL Closeup: Le’Veon Bell’s Progress Report

    NFL Closeup: Le’Veon Bell’s Progress Report

    Just before the 2013 NFL Draft, I wrote a post about Le’Veon Bell. The gist of the analysis addressed why Bell was a polarizing prospect among fans and analysts and why I believed Bell has the athleticism and patience to prove his naysayers incorrect.  Time to check on Bell’s progress. The major criticisms of Bell’s game are […]