Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Jul 2011

ESPN: Ranking 2011 Top Prospects: Nos. 1-10

The best 10 prospects in the NFL are revealed in part two of our top prospects series. Which Titan is number one? By the way, the Top 25 Prospects article will also be in Football Outsiders Almanac 2011, as usual.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 27 Jul 2011

15 comments, Last at 11 Mar 2013, 10:10pm by waxing chico


by jb (not verified) :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 1:35pm

Why do you link to those annoying Insider pages? I'm giving up on your site. :P

by Joseph :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 1:49pm

1--Because they wrote the article. 2--Because they have to earn a living (Aaron's not living in his mom's basement--he's got a wife and a kid to feed). 3--You didn't take the time to register, so it's not that important to you anyway--go ahead. 4--Complain to ESPN--they decided that it should be Insider only (a few years ago, Quick Reads was on Page 2 for free). I'm guessing that since ESPN pays more money to Aaron/FO to keep it Insider, he agreed to it (and wouldn't we all??).
5--Or you can do what I did--my brother likes ESPN the Mag, so I got him a gift subscription--and I get Insider as a bonus for me.

by DisplacedPackerFan :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 2:37pm

Another option you could add to this.

6--You can often find deals for a really cheap sub to ESPN the Mag too. The last 3 years I've seen $5 for the full year offers out there at various times (I got one for myself last October). Aaron and Co have even posted a few of the deals for the the cheap mag sub on this site. $5 for a mag that has a good article every 5 issues or so and Insider access for a year seems worth it.

by Joseph :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 4:32pm

That's what got me started (giving it to my brother)! $5 for Insider access is SOOO worth it--even if you don't like ESPN. The FO articles are worth the 5 bucks easily, and I read some of the NBA & MLB stuff too. $40 a year, nope--$5 per year--sure, why not?

by jb (not verified) :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 2:49pm

He can link to all the protected content he wants. I'm choosing to delete the Football Outsiders Bookmark. ESPN Magazine is awful, by the way. I had a sub to it for a while - it was basically a lot of McSports news and suck-ass press releases disgused as feature articles. I cancelled. Cold Hard Football Facts rarely links to protected content and I can go to Bleacher report for fluff. I just don't need the Outsiders and their protected paywall content.

by ktismael :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 3:52pm

You'll be missed.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 5:47pm

Welcome to the internet, the land of feeling entitled to everything for free.

by jb (not verified) :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 9:31pm

Don't expect everything for free, just don't want links to unavailable content. It's quite simple, actually.

by M Pavao (not verified) :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 10:50pm

What's simple is simply not clicking on the link.

by LionFanInAZ (not verified) :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 9:37pm

My one response to this is: if they're making you watch advertising, they shouldn't be charging you for it. Can't have it both ways.

by Da Bears (not verified) :: Fri, 07/29/2011 - 9:05pm

I wasn't fully aware of the situation, this is better than having to pay more for other things on FO. I guess I am just disappointed that outsider information is starting to become exclusively available to insiders. Besides, I can probably find the rankings posted for free somewhere on the web. Could an insider please post the rankings in the comments? Also, please get rid of those gross body building ads.

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Sun, 08/07/2011 - 11:02am

To all you whiny bitches,

The Top 25 prospects list was NEVER published online other than behind a paywall. Before they had a contract with ESPN, the Top 25 list was only available in the annual book, where it is still available, by the way. So this is not an example of FO content which used to be free and is now paid. Almost nothing is.

Furthermore, I LIKE when FO links to their paid content. Even if I can't read it, I can still see discussion about it by people who can read it and that's one of the biggest reasons I visit the site.

by SKerwood :: Fri, 08/12/2011 - 9:11am

If ESPN pays them and ESPN charges for content why do you think it would be free? People would just come here instead of being a Insider

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