Futures

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

Futures

Futures: Florida State WR Rashad Greene
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Futures: Florida State WR Rashad Greene

An intuitive player with good ball skills, Rashad Greene is one of Matt Waldman's favorites in this 2014 class. However, "favorite" doesn't always mean "best."

1 comment, Last at 22 Nov 2013, 2:54pm by Garrett Baker
Futures: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews
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Futures: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews

Offensive tackle Jake Matthews is another star from a family whose careers as professional football players parallels the contributions of the Marsalis family to music.

2 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2013, 2:36am by MJ_HaLevi
Futures: Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
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Futures: Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel is intuitive, improvisational, daring, and he has the prerequisite physical skills to start in the NFL. But he can have a coach shouting from the sideline, "No, no, no, ... No!" as much as “No, no, no ... Yes, yes, yes, yes!!!"

16 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2013, 4:43pm by Stholeary
Futures: UGA QB Aaron Murray
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Futures: UGA QB Aaron Murray

Quarterbacks are managers and there are two basic types: task-oriented managers and creative managers. Matt Waldman shows why Aaron Murray's NFL prospects are tied to his managerial style.

8 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2014, 8:55am by jkd_dude
Futures: UCLA OLB Anthony Barr
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Futures: UCLA OLB Anthony Barr

Barr made the switch from anonymous fullback to star outside linebacker at UCLA, but can he elevate his game to earn the whispers of top-10 pick?

Futures: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins
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Futures: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins

Some mad scientist has spliced the genetic material of Percy Harvin’s rugged, explosive athleticism with Brandon Lloyd’s route savvy and mind-bending body control, then removed migraines and mood swings.

3 comments, Last at 10 Sep 2013, 3:55pm by Patrik
Venric Mark: Offensive Weapon?
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Venric Mark: Offensive Weapon?

A college player who reminds me of Eric Metcalf is Venric Mark. Scouts will wonder which positional template Mark fits into – if he fits into one at all.

4 comments, Last at 06 Sep 2013, 10:51am by super real
Futures: WR Cordarrelle Patterson
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Futures: WR Cordarrelle Patterson

When it comes to evaluating a football talent like Cordarrelle Paterson, I believe the Playmaker Score can be part of the conversation -- just not the entire discussion.

5 comments, Last at 24 Apr 2013, 10:16pm by Frank
Futures: Scouting's Bum Rap
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Futures: Scouting's Bum Rap

The biggest problem with scouting is the system, not the scouts themselves. Matt Waldman explains why the NFL's evaluation process is low-hanging fruit for an overhaul.

34 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2015, 6:05am by roymathew
Futures: OLBs Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo
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Futures: OLBs Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo

Both are exceptional athletes, but despite playing the same position these players are what Robert Frost once wrote, “two roads diverged in the wood.”

38 comments, Last at 21 Apr 2013, 8:48am by Durst