Tag: Futures at Football Outsiders

  • Futures: Washington DT Danny Shelton

    Futures: Washington DT Danny Shelton

    Shelton comps to Dontari Poe and Haloti Ngata? Waldman explores some of the data and poetry involved and doesn’t see it.  By Matt Waldman Scouts have a love-hate relationship with player comparisons. Get them right and your audience gains a true understanding of a particular player. Get them wrong and it’s like playing the wrong […]

  • Futures: USC DT/DE Leonard Williams

    Futures: USC DT/DE Leonard Williams

      This year’s unofficial theme at Futures is profiling complete football players: physically, mentally, and conceptually sound prospects with the versatility to contribute in multiple roles within their position — and in some cases, on either side of the ball. My profiles of Shaq Thompson, Myles Jack, and Ameer Abdullahhighlight the skills that earned these […]

  • Futures at Football Outsiders: QB Brett Hundley

    Futures at Football Outsiders: QB Brett Hundley

    Beyond the immediate considerations of Hundley’s potential, the quarterback’s tape raises larger questions about the position. Futures: UCLA QB Brett Hundley By Matt Waldman I’m so happy that I’m a married man. Atop the list of reasons why is the obvious: I love my wife. However, the fact that I no longer have to experience […]

  • Jameis Winston: Leadership (On Stage and Behind the Curtain)

    Jameis Winston: Leadership (On Stage and Behind the Curtain)

    I find it wholly appropriate that I’m writing about Winston two years to the night that a FSU freshman accused the quarterback of rape, because the man’s off-field behavior requires analysis within the context of evaluating his NFL prospects. I could pretend to be objective about Winston, but I won’t. His off-field behavior disturbs me. I […]

  • Futures: Texas RB Malcolm Brown

    Futures: Texas RB Malcolm Brown

    DeMarco Murray is the toast of the NFL, but injury and team issues clouded some observers’ view of his talent. Texas RB Malcolm Brown might have the same problem this winter.  By Matt Waldman More than a few times in the past ten months I have either read or had someone connected to the NFL discuss the […]

  • Football Outsiders: Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft

    Football Outsiders: Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft

    There’s a growing diversity of players that are labeled tight ends in the NFL. Rutgers’ Tyler Kroft flashes upside to become more than a receiving specialist, but there’s no guarantee he’ll fulfill this potential. By Matt Waldman If there’s one prospect type in football that rarely lives up to the first-year hype of the general […]

  • Futures: My Expansion Franchise

    Futures: My Expansion Franchise

    You’ve just been awarded an NFL expansion team and must build your personnel department. Go. Futures: My Expansion Franchise By Matt Waldman When the writer of Smartfootball.com suggests that, “you should storify that series of tweets,” it’s a take on a subject worth further exploration. The topic came courtesy of Luke Easterling (@NFLDraftReport) who, on […]

  • Futures: Alabama MLB C.J. Mosely

    Futures: Alabama MLB C.J. Mosely

    Seeking an lesson in playing middle linebacker? C.J. Mosely’s game is instructive.  Futures: Alabama MLB C.J. Mosely By Matt Waldman He can’t catch, he’s had numerous injuries, and a well-executed read-option keeper can trip him up. But if these are the only damning aspects to middle linebacker C.J. Mosely’s game, and his injuries don’t present […]

  • 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 […]

  • Futures: Florida State WR Rashad Greene

    Futures: Florida State WR Rashad Greene

    Futures: Florida State WR Rashad Greene By Matt Waldman When it comes to workouts, interviews, and background investigations, I have nothing on the NFL. I’m just like everyone else; I’m waiting to hear the outcomes of whatever the league shares with the public. But after speaking with former and current scouts, I can say with […]