Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Apr 2010, 06:06pm by Vince Verhei

Crayton, Hurd Want Out Of Dallas

After the Cowboys selected Dez Bryant in the first round of the draft, wide receivers Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd have asked the team to trade them, and Crayton has announced that he's skipping all voluntary offseason workouts.

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29 comments, Last at 03 May 2010, 5:51am by Arson55

24 Apr 2010, 05:53am by Vince Verhei

Bills' Ralph Wilson On Tebow: 'Denver Panicked'

Bills owner Ralph Wilson insists his team had no intention of drafting Tim Tebow or trading for him, and says that the Broncos "panicked" when they traded three picks to move up to select the former Gators quarterback.

He also hopes that his new running back C.J. Spiller will give fans something to cheer for, conceding that "We've been dull for 10 years ... no excitement. We've got to create some excitement."

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14 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2010, 10:45am by Charger Jeff

24 Apr 2010, 05:47am by Vince Verhei

Taylor Mays Blames His Slide On Pete Carroll

Former USC safety Taylor Mays is blaming his old coach for his slide to the 49th pick in the draft. He claims that USC's defensive scheme didn't allow him to make enough plays, but that's a little bogus -- Carroll's job at USC was to win games first and prepare players for the draft second. More damning is that Mays claims he asked Carroll all year what he needed to work on for the draft, and Carroll just assured him that he would be fine. Maybe Carroll still hasn't learned the difference between a great college player and a great pro.

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19 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2010, 2:35am by Xeynon

16 Apr 2010, 10:58am by Vince Verhei

ESPN: RB vs. OL? Take the Speedster

Today's feature in ESPN's draft-related "Samsung Next Level" series comes from our own Vince Verhei, who looks at which move does more to improve a team's running game: drafting a back high, or drafting a tackle high? While FO generally believes that good left tackles are harder to find than good backs, the backs actually do more for your running game -- because, of course, you are generally drafting a tackle that high because of his pass protection abilities. Thanks to the Samsung sponsorship, this article is free, not Insider.

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23 comments, Last at 20 Apr 2010, 1:01am by tuluse

13 Apr 2010, 10:04pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN Insider: Dez Bryant Leads WR Prospects

This week's ESPN Insider column looks at Playmaker Score, the method for analyzing top wide receiver prospects that we introduced in Football Outsiders Almanac 2009. Dez Bryant has far and away this year's top score, with Dezmon Briscoe as our sleeper to watch and Arrelious Benn as the most likely bust.

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2 comments, Last at 14 Apr 2010, 3:53am by bubqr

07 Apr 2010, 01:48pm by Vince Verhei

Four Downs: AFC East

In this Four Downs: the Bills are lacking along the offensive line, the Dolphins have lost talent on the defensive line, the Patriots need better playmakers at linebacker, and the Jets have the luxury of looking for depth.

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83 comments, Last at 13 Apr 2010, 7:18pm by loneweasel

05 Apr 2010, 07:54pm by Vince Verhei

Do Star Safeties Have Shorter Careers Than Other Defenders?

Jason Lisk at the pro-football-reference.com blog looks at star players at every defensive position and how likely they are to have long careers. In a nutshell, he finds that interior defenders (safeties and inside linebackers) are much more likely to be done by age 30 than perimeter players (cornerbacks and outside linebackers).

That makes Ray Lewis' career even more amazing.

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37 comments, Last at 10 Apr 2010, 10:33pm by huh?

17 Mar 2010, 08:01pm by Vince Verhei

Packers Unveil Very Ugly Throwbacks

Further proof that just because something is traditional does not mean it is good: The Packers last week unveiled a third uniform, highlighted by a blue jersey that features blue numbers in a yellow circle. It's a recreation of the team's 1929 uniforms. So eighty years ago they decided this was a bad design, and now they are bringing it back for whatever reason. Aside from that detail, the uniforms aren't terrible, merely boring -- brown helmet, drab tan pants.

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51 comments, Last at 20 Mar 2010, 3:50pm by kamchatka

07 Mar 2010, 01:19am by Vince Verhei

Jets Trade Kerry Rhodes To Cardinals

Hey look, there's a player going TO Arizona!

Cardinals get Kerry Rhodes, a free safety who has not missed a game in his five-year career (though he did come off the bench in two games at the end of last season).

Jets get Arizona's fourth-round pick this year (that's Arizona's fourth-round pick, not the fourth-rounder the Cardinals got from the Ravens in the Anquan Boldin deal) and a seventh-rounder in 2011.

If Rhodes offers any kind of production in the desert, even for one season, this seems like a bargain.

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11 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2010, 4:38am by sports-veronica

05 Mar 2010, 08:23pm by Vince Verhei

Cardinals Trade Boldin To Ravens

Ravens get Anquan Boldin and the Cardinals' fifth-round pick.

Cardinals get the Ravens' third- and fourth-round picks.

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31 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2010, 4:41am by sports-veronica