1. What It Takes to Be a Special Teams Demon

    Covering kicks in the NFL isn't easy, and it's not for everyone. Get up to top speed, get past a block, create an angle to the ball, get there and make a tackle—in the ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 day ago 83,978 reads 105 comments

  2. NFL Rookies Are Thrown Straight into the Fire in Minicamps

    What's it like to report for your first day of minicamp as an NFL rookie? It's like being tossed into the fire...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 days ago 84,946 reads 71 comments

  3. Cowboys' 2015 Run Game Is Ultimate Test of O-Line vs. Running Back

    The Dallas Cowboys brought back an old-school style of football during the 2014 NFL season, using a big, physical, nasty offensive line to dictate the flow of the game...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 7 days ago 41,230 reads 323 comments

  4. Rising NFL Stars to Keep an Eye On in 2015

    With the NFL draft behind us and offseason practice sessions about to start across the league, who are the "rising stars" we should focus on heading into the 2015 season? Here ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 8 days ago 104,483 reads 283 comments

  5. Predicting This Year's Surprise Impact Rookies

    Since the end of the 2015 NFL draft, we've discussed the top rookie scheme fits along with some of the first-year offensive playmakers who should create matchup issues for opposing defenses...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 9 days ago 92,911 reads 208 comments

  6. Which Rookies Will Prove to Be the Biggest Matchup Nightmares for Opponents?

    Creating favorable matchups on offense is key to game-planning and situational football in the NFL . A player with size, speed and/or a skill set that opponents can't match defensively is a true offensive weapon...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 13 days ago 129,699 reads 248 comments

  7. Undrafted Free Agents Who Should Command Your Attention This Offseason

    For undrafted free agents, landing a spot on a final 53-man roster comes down to taking advantage of the limited opportunities during camp and the preseason schedule...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 14 days ago 143,942 reads 226 comments

  8. NFL Draft 2015: Top Rookie Team-Scheme Fits

    Here are five prospects from the first three rounds of the 2015 NFL draft who landed in ideal situations. These are players who, based on the personnel and scheme of their new teams, have a great opportunity to produce as rookies...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 18 days ago 129,964 reads 151 comments

  9. Atlanta Falcons Play 2015 NFL Draft to Perfection

    CHICAGO — After three days of watching picks come off the board in the 2015 NFL draft, there were multiple teams that collected high-level talent, addressed positive needs and upgraded their rosters...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 20 days ago 95,255 reads 112 comments

  10. Giants Start Day 2 with a Bang, Score Big with Landon Collins

    CHICAGO — The New York Giants made an aggressive play—a smart play—to open up the second round of the 2015 NFL draft when they climbed up the board to land Alabama strong safety Landon Collins...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 21 days ago 46,436 reads 108 comments

  11. 2015 Shaping Up to Be the Year of the Freak Rookie Wide Receiver in the NFL

    CHICAGO — Amari Cooper was expected to go in the top 10. The same with Kevin White. And we can’t forget about DeVante Parker. He's a player, too, at the wide receiver position...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 22 days ago 19,357 reads 38 comments

  12. Tennessee Titans Smart to Pick Marcus Mariota, Must Adapt to Exploit QB's Skills

    After all the rumors, buzz and narratives that followed the No. 2 pick in this year's NFL draft, the Tennessee Titans stayed put and picked up their guy in Marcus Mariota . Surprised? I wouldn't be...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 22 days ago 47,889 reads 135 comments

  13. How Quinten Rollins Became the 2015 NFL Draft's Unlikeliest Prospect

    At the end of Miami of Ohio's football season, senior cornerback Quinten Rollins sat down with agents to discuss his draft prospects...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 26 days ago 44,956 reads 20 comments

  14. The Lying Season: Who and What Can We Really Believe on Draft Week?

    In the lead-up to the 2003 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears brought in quarterback Kyle Boller for a visit. They even let the Cal product talk with the media. But the team had no intention of drafting him...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 27 days ago 57,181 reads 63 comments

  15. Matt Bowen's 2015 Draft Darlings

    Everyone has their favorites heading into the draft. Beyond the top QBs who get most of the headlines, there are always some players who you just latch onto over time...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 28 days ago 115,988 reads 79 comments

  16. Breaking Down Jameis Winston: Is QB's Game Cause for Concern?

    Jameis Winston has a pro-style skill set at the quarterback position. Just look at the size, the mechanics, the NFL arm and the anticipation he shows in identifying his targets when working from inside the pocket...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 month ago 29,461 reads 212 comments

  17. Top Lineman Prospect Brandon Scherff Has Tools and Attitude to Dominate in NFL

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — Inside the University of Iowa's Hansen Football Performance Center—a brand-new, lavish facility next to Kinnick Stadium on the west side of campus—offensive ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 month ago 23,625 reads 39 comments

  18. Which Prospects Have Scouts Buzzing in Run-Up to NFL Draft?

    With pro days wrapping up, and the opening night of the NFL draft less than three weeks away, which prospects are ascending? Here are five players I've heard about consistently ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 month ago 41,157 reads 32 comments

  19. Private Workouts Are Crucial to the NFL's Predraft Process

    The predraft process is filled with opportunities for prospects to work out in front of scouts, coaches and high-level decision-makers. Game tape, the All-Star Game circuit, the Senior Bowl, the combine and pro days...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 month ago 19,248 reads 13 comments

  20. Miami Receiver Phillip Dorsett Has the Speed to Burn NFL Defenses

    "SPEED…RIDICULOUS SPEED…FASTEST GUY ON THE FIELD." That's exactly what I wrote in my notes on the first day of Senior Bowl workouts this past January when watching ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 month ago 28,876 reads 48 comments

  21. Shaq Thompson's Versatility Can Translate to the NFL Level

    Shaq Thompson might project as a “ tweener ” at the pro level because of his 6'0", 228-pound frame, but let's not forget about the athletic versatility the former University of Washington star brings to the field...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 month ago 34,370 reads 47 comments

  22. Michigan's Devin Funchess Could Be a Matchup Weapon in the Pros

    The term "hybrid" is often overused in the draft process. We use it to describe a player who has a skill set that can make him a fit in multiple roles, depending on what a team needs...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 month ago 20,817 reads 68 comments

  23. How High Should Florida State Cornerback Ronald Darby Be Drafted?

    Speed and man-coverage ability. Those are the two "boxes" every NFL scout wants to check off when grading out the cornerback position in the draft process. Size, length, ball skills, toughness, etc...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 month ago 12,487 reads 19 comments

  24. The Best NFL Draft Sleeper No One Is Talking About: Samford's Jaquiski Tartt

    "Who is that guy?" It was the first day of workouts at the Senior Bowl in January, and a strong safety kept catching my attention. NFL body. Long. Aggressive. Playing fast...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 month ago 127,942 reads 99 comments

  25. Todd Gurley Is Too Good to Pass Up in the First Round of the NFL Draft

    Drafting a running back in the first round can be viewed as a negative due to the short shelf life at the position...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 1 month ago 59,594 reads 158 comments