What is the RSP?

If you got the 2012 RSP and the 2012 RSP Post-Draft that comes with it, you knew Russell Wilson was one of the best values of the 2012 Draft class. Photo by Football Schedule.
You knew Wilson was a tremendous value if you had the 2012 RSP. Photo by Football Schedule.

The Rookie Scouting Portfolio is the best guide to the QB, RB, WR, and TE talents in the draft because it goes deeper than any other guide. Because Matt shows his math with hundreds of intensely detailed individual game breakdowns. Because it ranks prospects not just overall, but for each attribute. Because if you read between the lines, Matt is teaching you how to scout these positions, what to look for, how to articulate what you see. It’s a must for any serious football fan, fantasy football player, or anyone that wants to get smarter about watching football.

 – Sigmund Bloom, Footballguys

The Rookie Scouting Portfolio is the most comprehensive publication of NFL prospect analysis at the skill positions (Take a video tour now).

Devised from best-practice methodologies, the RSP provides rankings and analysis and also shows ‘its math.’ I want to make the evaluation process as transparent as possible to the reader:

  • Everything I score, I try to define.
  • I also define my scoring system and reports so anyone could do it – if they enjoy that kind of punishment.
  • I document almost everything I see with play-by-play detail. Yes, that’s a lot of work. No, you don’t have to read that part of the book to get value from the RSP.
  • I ranking every player I grade by position. I also do a post-draft ranking and tiered cheat sheet.
  • Overrated, underrated, and long-term projects.
  • Players that have boom-bust potential, their potential appears maxed, or have great upside.
  • Player comparisons to past NFL players based on style and builds.
  • Overall rankings and comparisons in cheat sheet/table format with pertinent measurements and workout results.
  • Overall rankings with written explanations in paragraph form.
  • Post-Draft analysis with value charts (see Russell Wilson piece for example).
  • Fantasy-friendly, tiered cheat sheets.

It’s a lot of stuff. But it is easy to navigate and it has become a resource that scouts and draft analysts use to cross-check their evaluations of players. Draftniks use the RSP to learn about the difficult to evaluate skill positions, and fantasy football owners swear by as a bible for their rookie drafts. Feeling an insatiable thirst for knowledge? Read the Q&A behind the RSP.

 Prepay for the 2016 RSP or purchase past issues (2006-2013)

42 responses to “What is the RSP?”

  1. Ha. I thought this link was to preorder the 2012 RSP. I’m wondering, on January 2nd, am I just a little compulsive? Nah. Not if Matt’s already taking preorders…

    C’mon, get with it, Waldman. I feel like a compulsive fool here.

    Happy New Year, man!

    • I’ll be looking into preorders at some point. Not sure if it will be this year.

      …well, you and several dozens others convinced me to do so. Thank you.

  2. […] Before I dive in, let me briefly explain my methodology. I don’t study film (strike one!), nor have I seen many of these four teams’ games in recent years – except for the Browns (Woof Woof), and when the other three play against Cleveland. Also I know next to nothing about college ball or its players. On the other hand, I do read a lot of other people’s mocks, and I pay attention to the ebb and flow on #DraftTwitter. I enjoy reviewing the bigger big boards out there, and I’ve dropped a couple coins on Dane Brugler’s Draft Guide and Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio. […]

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