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.
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.
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.
Patrick Queen isn't the only star on the Tigers defense. Grant Delpit offers unusual speed, coverage ability, and playmaking instincts in the backfield. His tackling ability is also unusual ... for all the wrong reasons.
The Tigers' defensive star is undersized, and his tackling is less than ideal. But his sideline-to-sideline range and intuitive playmaking instincts should make him the first linebacker off the board in the NFL draft.
The Aggies' passer has tremendous physical gifts that cannot be taught, and those traits will make him enticing to NFL teams. But he also made a lot of mistakes in college, mistakes that would only be more common against complex NFL schemes.
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With Byron Jones and other stars about to hit free agency, and a deep pool of prospects at the position as well, Derrik Klassen breaks down the numbers and examines how teams should look at cornerbacks this offseason, and whether it makes more sense to target veterans or rookies.
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From the same Buckeyes team that brought you Marshon Lattimore and Denzel Ward comes the latest cornerback likely to be the first player drafted at his position in April. Derrik Klassen shows why Okudah would be an asset for any defense in the league.