Futures

Analyzing the tape of college football's best players... and the NFL's future stars.

Futures

Futures: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota
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Futures: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

Mariota’s NFL potential explored through three questions, seven plays, and seven NFL comparisons.

12 comments, Last at 23 Feb 2015, 2:50am by matt_waldman_is_a_nerd
Futures: CSU-Pueblo QB Chris Bonner
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Futures: CSU-Pueblo QB Chris Bonner

Much of the major media has written off this year's quarterbacks beyond the top three prospects, but Bonner deserves due diligence.

2 comments, Last at 28 Jan 2015, 2:17pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
Futures: Senior Bowl RB Roundtable
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Futures: Senior Bowl RB Roundtable

Matt Waldman talks shop with Minnesota's David Cobb, Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, and Michigan State's Jeremy Langford.

3 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2015, 6:49pm by Matt Waldman
Futures: Michigan WR/TE Devin Funchess
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Futures: Michigan WR/TE Devin Funchess

Which position is the best fit for Devin Funchess in the NFL? Trying to find an answer raises additional questions.

Futures: USC DT/DE Leonard Williams
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Futures: USC DT/DE Leonard Williams

In 2014, current Rams DT Aaron Donald was on Matt Waldman's pre-draft short list of top rookies... and Williams might be better than Donald.

1 comment, Last at 07 Jan 2015, 6:48pm by Raiderjoe
Futures: UCLA QB Brett Hundley
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Futures: UCLA QB Brett Hundley

Beyond the immediate considerations of Hundley's potential, the quarterback's tape raises larger questions about the position.

Futures: Auburn WR D'haquille Williams
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Futures: Auburn WR D'haquille Williams

Williams' game inspires a narrative of wishful thinking that college receivers will take the NFL by storm as rookies from here on out.

Futures: FSU QB Jameis Winston
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Futures: FSU QB Jameis Winston

Matt Waldman breaks down the tape on the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, who demonstrates mobility, accuracy, and anticipation of how the defense will respond.

5 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2014, 10:46pm by SuperGrover
Futures: Six Memorable Lessons About Talent Evaluation
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Futures: Six Memorable Lessons About Talent Evaluation

This week’s Futures makes a visit to the past. Matt Waldman lists the 10 most influential prospects in his development as a talent evaluator.

4 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2014, 10:30am by mstickles
Futures: Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham
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Futures: Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham

When it comes to this massive talent, we're going to make it too complicated and the NFL will be too simplistic. Find out why.

5 comments, Last at 29 Jan 2015, 11:05pm by Misfit74