1. NFL 101: Introducing the Power-Running Game

    In today’s installment of the “ NFL 101” series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of the power-running game to give you a better understanding of scheme and execution at the pro level...

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  2. NFL Draft 2014: Top Rookie Team-Scheme Fits

    Looking back at the 2014 NFL draft, let’s break down the rookies who have the opportunity to contribute early and play key roles because of their fit from a scheme perspective...

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  3. So You Just Got Drafted...Now What?

    Sitting in a window seat on a short flight from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to St. Louis just four days after the 2000 NFL draft, I felt like a young kid, or a freshman, on the first day of class...

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  4. Picks I Loved, Picks I Questioned from Day 1 of the NFL Draft

    With the doors closed on the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, I'll run through the picks that were high on my list along with some that I questioned based on need and fit at the next level...

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  5. An Inside Look at the Draft-Day Experience

    The first call came at the beginning of the fourth round. Sitting at the kitchen table at my parents' place in suburban Chicago during the 2000 NFL draft, I made my way through ...

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  6. Johnny Manziel: Tale of the Tape for 2014 Draft Prospect

    Johnny Manziel showcased a unique ability to make plays during his two seasons at Texas A&M versus top-tier SEC competition...

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  7. NFL 101: Introducing the Basics of Cover 3

    In today's installment of the "NFL 101" series, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of Cover 3 to give you a better understanding of the game. Click here for a breakdown of Cover 1...

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  8. 2014 NFL Draft: Who's on Matt Bowen's Draft Radar?

    With the opening night of the NFL draft just over a week away, let’s run through the prospects who have the skill sets needed to transition to the pro game...

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  9. Darqueze Dennard: Tale of the Tape for 2014 NFL Draft Prospect

    Former Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard is a projected first-round pick with the press-man skill set and physical ability NFL teams want outside of the numbers on the defensive side of the ball...

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  10. NFL 101: Introducing the Basics of Cover 2

    In today’s installment of the “ NFL 101” series, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of Cover 2 to give you a better understanding of the game...

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  11. Eric Ebron: Tale of the Tape for 2014 NFL Draft Prospect

    North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron has the ability to create matchups at the NFL level because of his speed, athletic skill set and production after the catch...

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  12. Why Jason Verrett Is an Overlooked Gem in 2014 NFL Draft Class

    TCU product Jason Verrett doesn ’t have the prototypical size (5’9”, 189 lbs) and length (30.625" arms) at the cornerback position...

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  13. NFL 101: Introducing the Basics of Cover 1

    In today’s installment of the “ NFL 101” series, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of Cover 1 to give you a better understanding of the game...

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  14. Jordan Tripp: A Mid-Round Prospect with NFL Starting Potential

    Linebacker Jordan Tripp might not be at the top of draft boards as NFL teams go through the final stages of the evaluation process...

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  15. Aaron Donald Has the Talent to Turn Heads at the NFL Level

    Aaron Donald doesn ’t have ideal size (6’1”, 285 lbs) at the defensive tackle position...

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  16. NFL 101: Introducing the Basic Route Combinations

    In today’s installment of the “ NFL 101” series, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the core route combinations at the pro level to give you a better understanding of the game...

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  17. Why Brandin Cooks Is the NFL's Next Impact Slot Receiver

    Former Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks has the speed, acceleration and lateral quickness offensive play-callers want inside of the numbers at the wide receiver position...

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  18. Should NFL Defenses Still Be Scared of Chris Johnson?

    There are certain offensive players in the NFL who jump off the screen when you turn on the tape. Think of speed, acceleration and big-play ability that forces opposing defensive coordinators to alter their game plans on Sundays...

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  19. NFL 101: Breaking Down the Basics of the Route Tree

    In today’s installment of the “ NFL 101” series, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of the route tree to give you a better understanding of the pro game...

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  20. How Jadeveon Clowney Can Develop into a Star at the NFL Level

    Jadeveon Clowney ’s April 2 workout on South Carolina's campus didn't tell us anything we don’t already know about his unique blend of size, speed and power at the defensive end position...

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  21. How Much Talent Does DeSean Jackson Really Have?

    Regardless of the off-the-field talk that has surrounded DeSean Jackson since his release from the Philadelphia Eagles last week, the tape tells us that the wide receiver can still produce and put stress on opposing secondaries...

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  22. NFL 101: The Basics of the 3-4 Defensive Front

    In today’s installment of the “ NFL 101” series, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of the 3-4 defensive front to give you a better understanding of the pro game...

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  23. Have the Seahawks Changed the Way Teams Are Scouting Cornerbacks, Safeties?

    The term “copycat league” is thrown around every NFL offseason as teams work to adjust their schemes and personnel to mimic the productive units that make championship runs in the playoffs...

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  24. NFL Draft: Is Northern Illinois Safety Jimmie Ward a First-Round Talent?

    Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward has man-coverage ability, ball skills and plays the game with a physical style...

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  25. NFL 101: The Basics of the 4-3 Defensive Front

    Every Friday, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will take you inside the playbook with his “NFL 101” series. An in-depth look at personnel, formations, coverages, route concepts and more to give you a better understanding of the game...

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