Futures

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

Futures

Futures: Florida State TE Nick O'Leary
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Futures: Florida State TE Nick O'Leary

Need a player who will do the dirty work to keep your quarterback looking and playing clean? O'Leary is your man.

Futures: Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett
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Futures: Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett

The Wildcats receiver isn't the best athlete you'll ever see, but Matt Waldman says he could be an effective pro with small improvements in his technique.

Futures: Texas RB Malcolm Brown
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Futures: Texas RB Malcolm Brown

DeMarco Murray is the toast of the NFL, but injury and team issues clouded some observers' view of his talent. Texas RB Malcolm Brown might have the same problem this winter. 

Futures: Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft
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Futures: Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft

There's a growing diversity of players that are labeled tight ends in the NFL. Rutgers' Tyler Kroft flashes upside to become more than a receiving specialist, but there's no guarantee he'll fulfill this potential.

Futures: Washington LB/DB/RB Shaq Thompson
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Futures: Washington LB/DB/RB Shaq Thompson

Thought Myles Jack was a rarity? Thompson has starred at three positions and he's a special teams ace. But does he have a position in the NFL?

7 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2015, 3:02pm by Matt Waldman
Futures: UCLA LB-RB Myles Jack
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Futures: UCLA LB-RB Myles Jack

If players who play multiple positions are the four-leaf clovers of football, then two-way players are the even rarer five-leaf variety. Myles Jack, a star at linebacker and running back, is college football's six-leaf clover.

Futures: Miami RB Duke Johnson
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Futures: Miami RB Duke Johnson

Is Johnson capable of NFL brilliance? Burst will ultimately tell the tale.

Futures: Alabama WR Amari Cooper
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Futures: Alabama WR Amari Cooper

Cooper's game has elements of Michael Crabtree and Roddy White. See what he must learn to fit into either one of these starters' development trajectory.

1 comment, Last at 16 Sep 2014, 7:13am by Tomlin_Is_Infallible
Futures: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah
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Futures: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah

Abdullah could get lost in a strong class of running backs with size and speed, but good, all-round football players are just as hard to find.

2 comments, Last at 06 Sep 2014, 7:41pm by Matt Waldman
Futures: Pitt QB Tom Savage
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Futures: Pitt QB Tom Savage

Savage has the physical skills and flashes of on-field play that make him look like a first-rounder. Is his rumored late rise up draft boards a product of hyperbolic thinking?

5 comments, Last at 11 May 2014, 3:30am by Mr Shush