Sam Darnold has a lot of positives, which is why he might be the first pick. But his NFL team will have to fix some things, too.
Baker Mayfield had a very productive college career in a structured offense, but he wasn't the same player when the structure broke down.
There are a few high-level quarterback prospects in this year's NFL draft, but UCLA's Josh Rosen might have the fewest flaws.
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen is going to be selected early in the first round, but there are a lot of things he needs to work on.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson will be polarizing in draft rooms, but his college experience makes for a potentially smooth transition.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is a high-level NFL prospect, but there are a few things he'll need to iron out.
Day two of the NFL draft will feature Dalvin Cook, among other good players who did not go in the first round. There are plenty of running backs after Cook who will go on the second and third days of the draft who jumped out to me as I watched film. Alvin Kamara is one of the intriguing prospects still
There’s a lot of chatter about Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, after an incident at the combine and a failed drug test for a diluted sample.
Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers became a household name in college football last season because of his versatility. He played many different positions for the Wolverines, and played well.
When I watch tape of college prospects, I note the strengths and weaknesses in their games. On my report for Washington receiver John Ross, I didn’t mark any weaknesses.
My sense in watching the tape of Alabama tight end O.J. Howard is he has not even begun to scratch the surface as a receiver. This is a good tight end class with plenty of enticing prospects, but Howard’s skill set stands out. Teams will have to figure out why his production at Alabama never matched
Myles Garrett of Texas A&M is the best defensive end in this draft class. Since there isn’t much debate about Garrett in comparison to his own draft class, it’s worthwhile to go back a few years and compare him to another defensive end going first overall: I think Garrett is a better pass-rushing prospect
Western Michigan’s Corey Davis, in my opinion, is the best receiving prospect in this year’s draft. I think he has a chance to be a big-time NFL receiver.
When you watch Clemson receiver Mike Williams on film, it’s easy to see a conventional NFL “X” receiver, with the size, strength and the ability to make contested catches. There’s a significant question about Williams, and that’s whether he can present a vertical dimension as a deep threat in an offense
You’ll see a lot of comparisons between now and the draft between LSU‘s Leonard Fournette and Florida State‘s Dalvin Cook, because they’re considered the top two backs in this year’s draft. Perhaps the better comparison for Cook is Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey. Cook isn’t an NFL foundation back,
A lot has been said about Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon off the field, and some teams will take him off their draft board for a 2014 incident in which he punched a woman. While teams will have to make that decision on how to weigh Mixon’s off-field issues, for this piece I’m focusing on the evaluation
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey will be polarizing in NFL draft rooms, but not necessarily because of his skills.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette is fun to watch. You just don’t see many backs who run like Fournette. In Fournette, an NFL team will be getting a volume runner who can be the foundation of a run-first offense. Leonard Fournette is expected to be the top running back selected in this year’s draft
There’s a lot of time left before the draft, and it’s possible another quarterback will jump into that top three by then. Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes or Cal’s Davis Webb, a couple of “Air Raid” quarterbacks, could be the QBs who get increasing buzz before the draft. Webb fits the NFL game better,
Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer has traits that will get people excited. Like the other two players generally considered to be in the top three quarterbacks of this year’s draft (I analyzed Deshaun Watson in this piece, and I talked about Mitch Trubisky here), there are questions about him as a
Some people believe North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky could be selected as high as second overall to the San Francisco 49ers, although there’s a lot of time before the draft for the 49ers to evaluate quarterbacks or make another move at the position. Here’s what the 49ers (or any other team
Because Deshaun Watson was a successful shotgun, speed/tempo spread quarterback in college, he’ll draw some comparisons to Marcus Mariota and Dak Prescott. Watson might need an advantageous situation in the NFL, especially early on (like Prescott had with the Dallas Cowboys last season). In watching
There has been a lot of criticism of Kyle Shanahan, the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator in Super Bowl LI. One of the plays that has been second-guessed is when he called a pass instead of running it on a third-and-1 in the fourth quarter. That play that resulted in a crucial strip-sack.
James White (28) and Malcolm MItchell celebrate a touchdown. Imagine what the Pittsburgh Steelers must have thought when they saw the New England Patriots’ game plan in the AFC championship game. The Patriots played only 10 snaps of “10” personnel, with one running back and no tight ends (four receivers
There are some critical matchup elements between the Atlanta Falcons’ offense and New England Patriots’ defense in Super Bowl LI that bear watching.