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NFL National Lead Writer

—Born and raised in Michigan. Spent some time in Minnesota, and now live in sunny Florida.

—Five years as producer/Host of The Average Joe Sports Show (860AM KNUJ/KNUJ.net).
—NFL Analyst/Senior Writer: DraftTek.com (Covering Detroit and Carolina)

—Member of the Pro Football Writers of America
—2011 PFWA Dick Connor Award Winner for Column Writing

—Follow me on Twitter.com/Schottey

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  • mitchell monteith posted 107 days ago

    mitchell monteith

    Wow, first person I've found where I disagree with every grade. I can tell you don't get paid to grade football talent.

  • Gene s posted 109 days ago

    Gene s

    Read your grades through rd 3. Woulda bet money that you were a Ram fan. Of course I see that I was wrong.

    Being a ram fan (LA) for 45 years, I haven't felt this good about an upcoming season since the 70's. Certainly since that fat bitch took my team away. ((I got over it)

    Yes they won a SB but they took the cheap route in the subsequent drafts and, despite needs, refused to take ANY effing real linemen

  • Ben A posted 109 days ago

    Ben A

    "A pedestrian athlete across the board, Latimer doesn't create a cushion and he's not an out-of-the-gym leaper, either"

    Are you kidding Shottey?
    You are completely wrong about this.
    He was a basketball star in high school who throws down alley oop dunks easily and you say he isn't an out of the gym leaper. He is also very fast (4.38 at pro day, couldn't run at combine because of injury) and very strong (lead WRs in bench at combine)

  • Vince Evans posted 110 days ago

    Vince Evans

    Your concerns with Shazier make it fairly obvious your a Michigan person. The "notoriously fast Ohio State track" shouldn't be an issue since his 40 was run in the Woody Hayes facility on turf, in cleats, not track spikes (I am guessing you've never run on it, as it is pretty standard field turf). I am not sure how much of him you've seen but his ability to play in open space is definitely not an issue (excellent speed and pursuit allow him to close quickly in space) unless your looking for something to reach for and hoping that people would just take your word for it. He will have some trouble with blockers, tackling, and is injury prone.

  • Mark Mende posted 110 days ago

    Mark Mende

    Just read your review of the first round and it's very good. However, you might want to edit your Teddy Bridgewater review:
    "Lambeau and Soldier Field twice every season"
    He doesn't play at those twice each, he plays at each of them once. You make it sound like they play two away games in Green Bay and Chicago every year.

  • Dee Fense posted 122 days ago

    Dee Fense

    i like the way you photo shopped that big mac out of your picture and replaced it with a football ... because after reading your 2014 nfl predictions there can be no way you have ever possibly picked one up in real life ...

  • Will posted 175 days ago


    Great article on Mike Evans.

  • Will posted 189 days ago



    Forget all of this negativity. You are a great writer. And . . . even though you are a Detroit Lions fan . . . you are still one of my favorites on Bleacher Report. Keep up the great work and thanks for all of the great reads.

  • Scott Schille posted 205 days ago

    Scott Schille

    The Bleacher Report should fire you or they better make sure you are not writing NFL articles. Before the start of tonight's game, the #1 defense has beaten the #1 offense (in the Super Bowl) 3 out of 4 times. Now, the #1 defense has beaten the #1 offense 4 out of 5 times in the Super Bowl. The great head coach Vince Lombardi has said, "Defense wins championships!"

    Teams who have record-setting offenses (like the Broncos) usually lose the Super Bowl. Remember the Patriots in 2009? Do you see the similarities between this year's Broncos and the 2009 Patriots? Now, I realize that was a much closer Super Bowl, but the Giants had a good enough defense to beat that prolific offense. How can you be oblivious to that trend? Off with your NFL journalistic head!!!!

  • Michael Schottey posted 207 days ago

    Michael Schottey

    Ya'll get that Lynch spoke the next day, right? Like 9 minutes of funny quotes...So, your points are moot. Speaking is part of his job (it's in his contract) and then he did. Great job sticking up for him though!