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Four Downs: AFC North
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Four Downs: AFC North

While the Steelers need pass-rushers, everyone else in this division needs more blockers. The Browns in particular face the difficult task of replacing a Hall of Fame left tackle in Joe Thomas.

9 comments, Last at 24 May 2018, 8:59am by JimZipCode
Futures: Nick Chubb & Sony Michel
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Futures: Nick Chubb & Sony Michel

The Georgia Bullddogs' dynamic duo should be on NFL rosters at some point in the next 72 hours. Which will be the better pro? That depends on what kind of running back you're looking for.

Futures: Taven Bryan
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Futures: Taven Bryan

There's a lot to like in the explosive ability in Florida's defensive tackle -- but there are also plenty of question marks to be found in his film.

1 comment, Last at 11 Apr 2018, 3:00pm by Dan
Futures: Derwin James
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Futures: Derwin James

In his time at Florida State, the strong safety showed a rare combination of size, power, speed, and coverage ability that would make him a valuable commodity for any NFL defense.

5 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2018, 2:15pm by YoHoChecko
Futures: Maurice Hurst
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Futures: Maurice Hurst

A heart condition discovered at the combine has put the Michigan lineman's career in limbo, but Hurst had the best film of any defensive tackle in this year's draft class.

Futures: Lamar Jackson
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Futures: Lamar Jackson

If you think the Louisville product doesn't have franchise quarterback potential, or that he needs to switch positions, then you're not paying attention to the film. Charles McDonald explains.

10 comments, Last at 14 Mar 2018, 4:03am by rheachawla
Four Downs: NFC South
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Four Downs: NFC South

Everyone in this division needs defensive help -- everyone, that is, except the Panthers, who have been in desperate need of wide receivers since Steve Smith was at his peak.

4 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2018, 10:00pm by LionInAZ
Futures: Roquan Smith
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Futures: Roquan Smith

In the pass-happy world of the NFL in 2018, it takes a very special player to make an impact as an inside linebacker. The reigning Butkus Award winner is just such a player. Charles McDonald shows why.

12 comments, Last at 17 Feb 2018, 12:46pm by Al13
Film Room: Eagles Offense
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Film Room: Eagles Offense

Turns out the loss of Carson Wentz was not the end of Philadelphia's season after all. Charles McDonald shows how Doug Pederson has put backup Nick Foles in position to win a Super Bowl.

16 comments, Last at 31 Jan 2018, 3:56pm by horn
Film Room: Falcons Defense
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Film Room: Falcons Defense

In 2016, it was Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the offense that carried the Falcons on a playoff run. Charles McDonald shows how the defense has done a lot more of the heavy lifting in the second half of the 2017 season.

3 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2018, 11:49am by brenthutto