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.
There's a lot that goes into Tennessee's offensive success. That includes powerful linemen such as Nate Davis and Ben Jones, as well as talented players who can throw, catch, or run with the football. It also includes the game plan of offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, who has put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Derrik Klassen explains.
At Clemson, the Tigers liked to use their multipurpose defensive weapon as a run-stuffer, a pass-rusher, and in coverage. In Arizona, the Cardinals have been doing the same thing. Derrik Klassen shows where Simmons' versatility has shined, and where he has shown room for improvement.
2 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2020, 01:39pm by DIVISION
At one point this season, New England looked dead in the water, but after a close loss to the Bills and wins over the Jets and Ravens, they're threatening to re-enter the playoff picture. Derrik Klassen shows how Josh McDaniels is building off an effective rushing attack to scheme Jakobi Meyers and New England's other receivers open for Cam Newton.
4 comments, Last at 19 Nov 2020, 09:53pm by RobotBoy
Philip Rivers has been an effective passer in Indianapolis even though none of his wide receivers has been playing well. Derrik Klassen shows how Rivers has used the receiving talents of Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, and Jordan Wilkins to exploit mismatches in opposing defenses.
8 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2020, 11:49pm by turbohappy
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