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.
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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.
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.
The key to the Steelers' 2-0 start? A hyper-aggressive blitz strategy that puts tons of pressure on opposing linemen -- and running backs -- to win one-on-one matchups in pass protection.
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.
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.