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2019 Draft Report Card Report
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2019 Draft Report Card Report

Once again, we cover a dozen different draft experts to find the consensus opinion on which teams drafted well and which dropped the ball. This year's results: everyone loved what the Patriots and Cardinals did, but looked down on the picks of the Giants and Texans. The Bengals and Titans, meanwhile, just left everyone confused.

41 comments, Last at 14 May 2019, 3:30am by Bobman

Stat Analysis

Third Down and Air Yards
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Third Down and Air Yards

The numbers are clear: deep throws on third-and-long are more effective than checkdowns. So why are coaches so reluctant to call for the long bomb?

24 comments, Last at 12 May 2019, 4:40pm by mrt1212

Audibles

Audibles at the Line: 2019 NFL Draft Day Two
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Audibles at the Line: 2019 NFL Draft Day Two

The biggest NFL news on Friday night involved a veteran, not a rookie. How did Josh Rosen wind up in Miami after just one year in Arizona? And who got the better end of the trade, the Dolphins or Cardinals?

24 comments, Last at 08 May 2019, 5:17am by LondonMonarch

Audibles

Audibles at the Line: 2019 NFL Draft Day One
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Audibles at the Line: 2019 NFL Draft Day One

Arizona takes Kyler Murray first overall -- what does this mean for the future of the NFL? Also on the draft's first day: the Giants reach for a quarterback, Washington sits back and waits for theirs, Seattle makes a bunch of trades, pretty much every pass-rusher comes off the board, and Roger Goodell nearly dies.

70 comments, Last at 30 Apr 2019, 4:06pm by RickD

Futures

Futures: Justin Layne
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Futures: Justin Layne

The Michigan State product converted from offense to defense in college and is still learning his new position -- but his raw athletic gifts will probably entice some team to draft him higher than some more polished players.

1 comment, Last at 27 Apr 2019, 5:21am by Jerry

NFL Draft

2013 NFL Draft: Six Years Later
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2013 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

The 2013 draft has gotten a reputation as the worst in recent history. Is there anything redeemable to be found in a draft that produced Dion Jordan, Dee Milliner, and EJ Manuel?

36 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2019, 12:26pm by nath

Stat Analysis

SackSEER 2019
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SackSEER 2019

Our statistical projections for edge rushers in this year's draft agree with the consensus that the talent pool at the position is deep, but are surprisingly pessimistic about Ohio State's Nick Bosa, expected to be the first pass-rusher off the board Thursday night. Who has the best statistical profile? That's a surprise too.

16 comments, Last at 24 Apr 2019, 3:07am by Subrata Sircar

Ramblings

NFL Runway with Vinny and Dave: AFC West
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NFL Runway with Vinny and Dave: AFC West

Just as major news concerning the Chargers' uniforms breaks, we cover their history of fashion changes, while also breaking down the classic threads of the Raiders, Chiefs, and Broncos. Plus: If the NFL is going to use pink every year for Breast Cancer Awareness month, what's the best way to do it?

6 comments, Last at 22 Apr 2019, 6:30am by Raiderjoe

Stat Analysis

BackCAST 2019
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BackCAST 2019

Sometimes statistical projections simply reinforce common consensus -- and sometimes they knock that consensus on its ear. Welcome to BackCAST's projections for 2019 running backs, where a likely Day 3 pick leads the way, and the scouts' favorites fare quite poorly.

4 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2019, 3:48am by nath

Futures

Futures: Darnell Savage
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Futures: Darnell Savage

Bigger isn't always better. The Maryland defensive back's slight frame might push him out of the first round of the draft, but Derrik Klassen shows what he can offer to any defense in the league.