Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Apr 2007, 09:59am by P. Ryan Wilson

They Know How to Pick 'Em

You want to hear an amazing stat? Entering last season, 74.2 percent (46 of 62) of the players Baltimore drafted since 1999 were on an NFL roster. And yes, that's best in the NFL. Why so much success? The Ravens are one of six teams that do not belong to scouting services used by the rest of the league. Instead, their scouts do all the work. And then there's 36-year-old Eric DeCosta, the director of college scouting. He's the NFL's version of Theo Epstein (sans monkey suit).

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42 comments, Last at 27 Apr 2007, 5:53pm by Justus

24 Apr 2007, 09:57am by P. Ryan Wilson

Redskins Like Landry

In today's Washington Post there's speculation the Redskins might take LSU safety LaRon Landry with the sixth-overall pick in this weekend's draft. Landry fills an obvious need in the secondary, but some scouts think he's too much like Sean Taylor for it to work. The other issue is that drafting Landry doesn't address the defensive line. Louisville DT Amobi Okoye is also mentioned as a possible target, but all of this assumes Washington doesn't trade up (for Calvin Johnson!) or down (for more warm bodies). (Free registration/bugmenot required.)

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28 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2007, 10:02am by Mr Shush

23 Apr 2007, 09:46am by Doug Farrar

MMQB: Last-Minute Maneuverings

In this week's installment, PK opines that Tampa Bay will not trade up to get Calvin Johnson, discloses that several NFL people are VERY unhappy about the PFW "Prospects and Pot" story, now believes that the Raiders will take JaMarcus Russell, and reveals that he "likes the way Jason Whitlock thinks". Back page summary: Yes on Mary Beth King, no on iPods.

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119 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2007, 1:29am by Stiller Fan in Cleveland

22 Apr 2007, 05:48pm by P. Ryan Wilson

In College, Insurance Can Be Best Policy

When an NFL-ready player opts to return for his senior season the conversation usually turns to foregone millions and the chance of injury. The New York Times has an interesting piece on the insurance policies many of these players take out during college. The going rate for $1 million policy is $10,000, which is often secured through loans. The problem, though, is that if a player takes out a $1 million policy before his senior season, stays healthy but plays poorly, and then doesn't get drafted ... well, he's out ten grand.

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8 comments, Last at 23 Apr 2007, 1:06pm by Will Allen

21 Apr 2007, 06:51pm by Bill Barnwell

Vikings Fans, Look Away

Since it's so slow, here's a short Youtube Tecmo Bowl clip. It involves Nate Poole. That should be enough to explain the title.

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23 comments, Last at 24 Apr 2007, 5:59pm by zlionsfan

21 Apr 2007, 06:29am by Bill Barnwell

Big 10 DTs Go Home

Michigan’s Alan Branch and Louisville’s Amobi Okoye are the highest regarded defensive tackles in the 2007 draft, but Bill Barnwell claims that history shows that neither will be the best in the class. (Click link to read more.)

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19 Apr 2007, 07:16pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Nike Signs Football's Top Pro Prospects

And the Nike Empire grows... The 2007 Nike rookie class inlcudes: Gaines Adams, Leon Hall, Calvin Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, Greg Olsen, Amobi Okoye, Adrian Peterson, Brady Quinn, and JaMarcus Russell. There's a Johnson/Adams/Okoye shoe-that-smokes-after-a-big-play joke in there somewhere.

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11 comments, Last at 20 Apr 2007, 11:52am by Sophandros

17 Apr 2007, 07:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Fictional Football Mock Draft

Tired of debating the merits of Brady Quinn and JaMarcus Russell? Ready for something totally frivolous? Jim Reineking over at FOX has put together a mock draft of fictional football players, as if they were real athletes. Maybe he had a larger role in his movie, but I think the Raiders are making a mistake going with Joe Kane over Frank Cushman, and everybody knows that Jimmy Sanderson is more talented than both quarterbacks anyway. Honestly, how can the guy from The Longest Yard not end up in Cincinnati as Carson Palmer's backup, and where the hell is Shane "Footsteps" Falco?

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72 comments, Last at 25 Apr 2007, 2:48am by David

16 Apr 2007, 10:39pm by Aaron Schatz

Vince Young, Meet Madden Curse

The nightmare off-season of the Tennessee Titans just gets worse and worse. The Nashville City Paper is reporting that Vince Young is the coverboy for Madden 08. Normally, the player on the cover is tied in some way to the changes made in the game that year, but I'm not sure what kind of changes Vince Young would signify. Better scrambling? Throw sidearm when you hit the side trigger? Bo Scaife gets a 97 rating, perhaps?

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80 comments, Last at 19 Apr 2007, 12:37am by Sid

16 Apr 2007, 06:54pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Green In, Culpepper Out in Miami?

Let's just say the Dolphins trade for Trent Green and release Daunte Culpepper. Then what? Does Miami still try to land a quarterback in the first round? Enough to trade up if they have to? Or, should they concentrate on players like Drew Stanton, Trent Edwards or John Beck in later rounds? And does another NFL team give Culpepper a shot?

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53 comments, Last at 21 Apr 2007, 11:40am by Mac