Tag: 2014 NFL Draft

  • Boiler Room: Utah TE Jake Murphy

    Boiler Room: Utah TE Jake Murphy

    Utah’s Jake Murphy is a safe, late-round pick with upside when called upon to do more. One of the challenges involved with player analysis is to be succinct with delivering the goods. As the author of an annual tome, I’m often a spectacular failure in this respect. A series I started last spring at the RSP blog […]

  • 2014 RSP Ready For Download . . . Really!

    2014 RSP Ready For Download . . . Really!

    The 2014 Rookie Scouting Portfolio is now available for download . . . really! There’s a first time for everything . . . For the first time in over 700 posts, I hit “publish” instead of save and it had to be the post I was saving to announce the RSP and I can’t even blame […]

  • Futures: Wake Forest WR Michael Campanaro

    Futures: Wake Forest WR Michael Campanaro

    A Lesson In Zone Routes By Matt Waldman The depth of the wide receiver class is one of the headlines of the 2014 NFL Draft. The subtext of this storyline that deserves more attention is how the volume of talent at the position generates massive variation of player grades from team to team across the […]

  • Futures: BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy

    Futures: BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy

    Van Noy has all the tools to become a quality starter in the NFL. He also has the vision and decision-making to become potential star. Futures: BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy By Matt Waldman When my friend Ryan Riddle, Cal’s all-time sack leader, says outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy has great instincts, that’s a player […]

  • Reads Listens Views 3/14/2014

    Reads Listens Views 3/14/2014

    This week’s RLV: Previous Deckers, Guide to music at work, WWII told as a bar fight, Wonderlicked, and Norwegian Lady Day. What is Reads Listens Views? If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome. Most Fridays (except this month, because I’m wrapping up the RSP Publication) I post links to content I’m saving […]

  • Futures: “I am smarter than ‘Phillip’ Rivers”

    Futures: “I am smarter than ‘Phillip’ Rivers”

      The Wonderlic is great for testing future loan officers, but Matt Waldman would rather have Wonderlic failures like Jim Kelly or Ray Lewis as his on-field CEOs. Futures: I Am Smarter Than “Phillip” Rivers   by Matt Waldman   “You scored a 32 –- that’s better than Phillip Rivers. He scored a 30. Rivers’ […]

  • QB Jimmy Garoppolo: Knockout

    QB Jimmy Garoppolo: Knockout

    Jimmy Garoppolo’s draft stock in the media is gaining steam, but the quarterback is a player whose whole does not equal the sum of his parts. In this week’s Futures, I wrote that scouting quarterbacks remains an untamed wilderness for the NFL. While easier for scouts to identify details like height, weight, arm strength, base accuracy, […]

  • Scouting QBs: Separating the Dark From the Dark

    Scouting QBs: Separating the Dark From the Dark

    After spending an insane amount of time during the last decade studying players, talking with scouts, and paying attention to history, I have learned three things about evaluating football talent: Scouting and quarterbacking are about detail and nuance. Experience matters, but not like you think. Quarterback remains the untamed wilderness of football evaluation. These are […]

  • RSP Publication Update

    RSP Publication Update

    The RSP is still on schedule for reader download on April 1. I finished my last budgeted game of film study Friday night. Here is the rough list of players who will appear in the pre-draft publication. There are a handful of players who have not declared for the draft on this list. They will […]

  • Reads Listens Views 2/28/2014

    Reads Listens Views 2/28/2014

      This Week’s RLV: Why the RSP shows its work, Chase Stuart’s Combine MVP,  and one funky spider. Listens What is Reads Listens Views? If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome. Every Friday, I post links to content I’m saving for later reading when I have time. You may not like everything […]