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Futures: Minkah Fitzpatrick
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Futures: Minkah Fitzpatrick

Man-to-man. Zone coverage. Run-stuffing. Pass-rushing. Alabama's Swiss Army knife defensive back can do it all, which makes him especially valuable in a league based on matchups and versatility.

5 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2018, 1:40pm by Guest789
Futures: Baker Mayfield
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Futures: Baker Mayfield

Oklahoma's quarterback isn't just a product of the system, and he didn't just put up great numbers because he got to play in the Big 12. Derrik Klassen says the Heisman Trophy winner has what it takes to be a quality starter in the NFL.

10 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2018, 1:35am by justanothersteve
Film Room: Rob Gronkowski
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Film Room: Rob Gronkowski

The skeleton key in New England's offense, Gronk is a matchup nightmare for any defense -- and an especially difficult opponent for the Philadelphia Eagles.

7 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2018, 6:02pm by mehllageman56
Film Room: Case Keenum
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Film Room: Case Keenum

The surgical efficiency of the Vikings quarterback has been one of the biggest shocks of the 2017 season. Derrik Klassen explains what Keenum does well -- and what the Eagles can do to shut him down in the NFC Championship Game.

23 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2018, 4:03pm by GrandVezir
Film Room: Cam Newton
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Film Room: Cam Newton

Sunday's loss to Atlanta showed the best and worst of Cam Newton. With Carolina's offense in dire straits, can the quarterback carry the load like never before in the playoffs?

14 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2018, 11:08pm by alan frankel
Film Room: Seahawks Run Defense
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Film Room: Seahawks Run Defense

Seattle's offensive line has taken the blame for most of the Seahawks' struggles this year. However, as Derrik Klassen points out, it's the injury-ravaged run defense that may ultimately cost the team a playoff berth.

8 comments, Last at 28 Dec 2017, 4:58am by atworkforu
Film Room: Chiefs Defense
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Film Room: Chiefs Defense

Yes, Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt, and Tyreek Hill have all cooled off after a hot start. But the real culprits in Kansas City's collapse --including cornerback Marcus Peters -- can be found on the other side of the ball.

3 comments, Last at 25 Feb 2018, 4:48am by CarRepairing
Film Room: Marshon Lattimore
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Film Room: Marshon Lattimore

New Orleans' rookie cornerback is every bit as good as you've been led to believe -- but he's not the only reason the Saints have finally turned their defense around.

3 comments, Last at 19 Nov 2017, 2:34am by ClavisRa
Film Room: Carson Wentz
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Film Room: Carson Wentz

When a young quarterback develops, his coaches learn to trust him, and the talent around him improves, an offense can improve exponentially. Derrik Klassen shows how the Philadelphia offense has improved so radically in just one year.

12 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2017, 3:20pm by bingo762
Film Room: Mitchell Trubisky
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Film Room: Mitchell Trubisky

Derrik Klassen breaks down the rookie quarterback's tape and finds huge holes in his game -- but plenty of cause for excitement as well.

8 comments, Last at 26 Oct 2017, 6:40pm by JustBod