1. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 2 months ago 17,997 reads 59 comments

  2. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 73,924 reads 34 comments

  3. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 9,370 reads 16 comments

  4. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 34,856 reads 39 comments

  5. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 104,117 reads 40 comments

  6. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 26,164 reads 29 comments

  7. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 12,999 reads 20 comments

  8. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 96,681 reads 22 comments

  9. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 35,547 reads 84 comments

  10. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 21,115 reads 54 comments

  11. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 147,734 reads 44 comments

  12. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 21,089 reads 54 comments

  13. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 50,160 reads 123 comments

  14. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 3 months ago 149,865 reads 58 comments

  15. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 months ago 56,848 reads 250 comments

  16. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 months ago 15,946 reads 30 comments

  17. 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...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 months ago 203,224 reads 128 comments

  18. Chip Kelly Continues to Assemble Offense Full of Nightmare Matchups

    Darren Sproles may no longer have the same explosive talent we are accustomed to seeing from him at this point in his career, but given his skill set and the role he could play ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 months ago 52,412 reads 133 comments

  19. Patriots' Secondary Additions Prove Bill Belichick's Ability to Adapt

    Going back to the tape from the 2013 season, the New England Patriots were a heavy man-coverage team on the defensive side of the ball...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 months ago 37,531 reads 87 comments

  20. Why Are NFL Safeties Making More Money Than Ever?

    After seeing the money handed out to safeties such as Jairus Byrd, Donte Whitner and T.J. Ward during the opening days of NFL free agency, is it fair to say the position is becoming ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 months ago 50,061 reads 95 comments

  21. An Inside View on NFL Draft Pro Days

    Another day, another interview. As the draft process slowly rolls along this offseason, the pro day circuit is in full swing with NFL scouts, coaches and general managers arriving ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 months ago 42,046 reads 15 comments

  22. The Dark Side of NFL Free Agency

    Dick Jauron called right in the middle of dinner at my grandma’s house. Food on the table down in Tampa, my aunt and uncle in town, my wife holding our newborn baby boy Matthew on her knee...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 months ago 406,607 reads 393 comments

  23. AJ McCarron: Best Fits and Pro Projections for Former Alabama QB

    Throughout the draft process, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will break down some of the key prospects in the 2014 class. Today he looks at Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron ...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 months ago 28,982 reads 91 comments

  24. Breaking Down Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin

    Throughout the course of the draft process, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will break down some of the top prospects. Here he looks at Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 months ago 19,280 reads 29 comments

  25. NFL Combine 2014: Day 6 Notebook

    Throughout the course of the NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you his daily notebook from Indianapolis...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 4 months ago 82,174 reads 63 comments