Tag: Matt Waldman

  • Matt Waldman Segment on Sports Underground Podcast

    Matt Waldman Segment on Sports Underground Podcast

    Podcast season for the RSP is underway. Join me at the Sports Underground. We talk skill players for the draft and I’m reminded by Minnesota-based pod that I predicted Eric Kendricks and Laquon Treadwell to the Vikings for the past two years. Don’t count on me making it three in a row, but they want […]

  • RSP Boiler Room No.78: TE Phazahn Odom (Fordham)

    RSP Boiler Room No.78: TE Phazahn Odom (Fordham)

    Even 6’8″, 245-pound tight end with huge hands should refrain from clapping the ball. The RSP Boiler Room examines Odom’s intriguing potential. Phazahn Odom plays at a small program, he’s a string bean relative to his height, and there’s a long list of well-known tight end prospects competing for a draft pick this spring. That’s what Odom is. […]

  • RSP Boiler Room No.76: QB Alek Torgersen

    RSP Boiler Room No.76: QB Alek Torgersen

    Then Penn Quaker’s film reveals that the “easy” passes are sometimes the most difficult. One of the old-school tenets of scouting quarterbacks is completion percentage. If a quarterback completes at least 62 percent of his passes, he gets to ride the scouting rollercoaster with NFL personnel men trained in the ways of Parcells. It’s a […]

  • Senior Bowl Day 2: Offense – 2017 NFL Draft Prospects

    Senior Bowl Day 2: Offense – 2017 NFL Draft Prospects

    It was an action-packed day for both teams. Continuing the theme that players are on different development tracks and coaches recognize it, there’s no better place to begin on Day 2 than with the South wide receivers and Al Saunders.The work that the venerable receiving coach of the Browns revealed great intel on each of […]

  • A Senior Bowl Practice FAQ

    A Senior Bowl Practice FAQ

    Matt Waldman answers common questions posed to him by writers and readers about the practices and player development.  At the tail end of practice, a draft writer approached me with questions about the sessions, player performance, and player development. He wanted my thoughts on what he observed. His observations and subsequent questions were similar to […]

  • Senior Bowl Day 1: First Impressions, Offense

    Senior Bowl Day 1: First Impressions, Offense

    Matt Waldman shares his notebook on the weigh-in and Day 1 of practice.  Prologue The first day of practice is both the most and least important of the week. It’s the least important when considering the results. Day 1 winners and losers are for pop media consumption and as forgettable as a sugary snack that […]

  • RSP Film Room No.93: OLB/DE Joe Mathis, Extended Look

    RSP Film Room No.93: OLB/DE Joe Mathis, Extended Look

    Notable plays from OLB/DE Joe Mathis’ portfolio of work against Stanford and Arizona.  Give me smarts and a high motor and chances are I’ll like the prospects of an athletic defender. Joe Mathis has that snap-to-whistle intensity and a good blend of creativity, and on-field maturity. Throw in Mathis’ array of pass rush moves, bend, […]

  • A Senior Bowl Primer

    A Senior Bowl Primer

    What I’ve learned about these practices and events and how I approach them. [Matt’s Note: I originally wrote this in 2017. With minor updates, these thoughts still apply.] Whether you’re a writer attending the Senior Bowl for the first time or you’re new to the all-star game as a fan, I’m sharing my perspective here. […]

  • RSP Boiler Room No.73: OLB/DE Joe Mathis (Washington)

    RSP Boiler Room No.73: OLB/DE Joe Mathis (Washington)

    The worst-kept secret of good edge prospects played for the Huskies.  I’ll often watch one player only to have another perform so well that he hijacks my motivation to watch the original assignment. It happened a few years ago when Ryan Riddle and I were watching Denzel Perryman and Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah ran away with […]

  • Sr. Bowl Stories and Kicking Off “Mobile 2017”

    Sr. Bowl Stories and Kicking Off “Mobile 2017”

    Waldman shares a variety of memories about his annual trip to Mobile and what’s in store for this week’s event. Everything about Mobile, Alabama was new during my first few years as an attendee of the Senior Bowl. I wanted to soak up as much knowledge as I could from the field, the stands, the media […]