1. 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...

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  2. 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...

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  3. 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...

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  4. 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...

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  5. 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...

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  6. 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...

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  7. 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...

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  8. 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...

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  9. 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...

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  10. 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...

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  11. 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...

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  12. 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 ...

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  13. 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 ...

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  14. 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...

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  15. 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 ...

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  16. 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...

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  17. 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...

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  18. 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...

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  19. 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...

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  20. 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...

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  21. Top Technique Makes Wide Receiver Amari Cooper a Top-10 Talent in NFL Draft

    The 2015 wide receiver class is deep. It's loaded with speed, talent and prospects who can make the quick jump to the NFL stage. West Virginia's Kevin White tore up the combine with 4...

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  22. Why Are NFL Scouts Having Such a Hard Time Figuring out Marcus Mariota?

    Marcus Mariota produced ridiculous numbers as quarterback at Oregon, won the Heisman Trophy and tore up combine workouts. He's got a great attitude, and scouts love his leadership ability...

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  23. What Does the NFL Future Hold for Michael Crabtree?

    When a veteran NFL player is still on the market at this point of free agency, we have to go back to the tape, be honest about what we see, set aside the player's name value and focus on his skill set...

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  24. Chris Borland's Retirement an Uncommon Choice—but One NFL Players Understand

    When a young player voluntarily walks away from the NFL —from the game, from the money, from the unique opportunities that are created in this league—we should all take notice...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 5 months ago 39,579 reads 181 comments

  25. Will the Safety-Starved NFL Overdraft Landon Collins?

    This isn't a good year to be an NFL team in need of a safety. The market was already thin at the position entering free agency, with the Patriots making the smart play to re-sign Devin McCourty before he hit the open market...

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