Filmroom and Draft Expert
DERRIK KLASSEN is from the Central Valley of California, though he grew up near Tampa Bay, Florida. Covering the NFL draft gave him his start but studying the NFL itself has taken precedent. He has been published at SB Nation and Bleacher Report, and has worked for Optimum Scouting, do- ing charting and scouting reports for their NFL Draft Guide.
When Brian Flores was hired in Miami in 2019, he knew it would take a long time to turn his new defense around. 21 games later, there remains a long way to go, but Derrik Klassen sees the way Flores is using players such as Elandon Roberts to confuse opponents, and is convinced that Flores is on the right track.
6 comments, Last at 16 Oct 2020, 05:32pm by RobotBoy
Carolina doesn't have Christian McCaffrey right now, but they still have Teddy Bridgewater, quick and accurate with his decisions and throws; they still have a quality trio of receivers in Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, and Curtis Samuel; and they still have Joe Brady, who has shown that the tactics he used so effectively at LSU will still work in the NFL.
4 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2020, 12:26am by yayFootball
In some ways, the Cincinnati rookie plays like a veteran quarterback. Derrik Klassen shows how Bengals head coach Zac Stacy has used some of the same empty-backfield formations in which Burrow excelled at LSU to get the most out of his freshman passer.
7 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2020, 04:50pm by theTDC
The Jaguars' second-year quarterback doesn't have the same athletic gifts as an Aaron Rodgers or Lamar Jackson, but as Derrik Klassen shows, he has subtle nuances to his game that allow him to make the most of his limited skill set.
9 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2020, 11:38am by gomer_rs
In what could be the NFL's most unpredictable division, the Bills need pass-blockers, while the Jets and Dolphins need pass-rushers. The Patriots? They need pass-catchers ... assuming they know what they're doing with the man passing the ball.
23 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2020, 09:46pm by herewegobrowniesherewego
The Tigers defensive back is one of the most boom-or-bust players in this year's draft class. He has the physical tools and mindset to be dominant in press coverage, but he is also prone to mistakes that lead to big receptions and penalties.
The Sun Devils star has tantalizing speed and obvious open-field talent once he gets the ball in his hands. He also has a complete inability to defeat press coverage, a weakness that will render him a project in the NFL.