Futures

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

Futures

Futures: Baker Mayfield
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Futures: Baker Mayfield

Oklahoma's quarterback isn't just a product of the system, and he didn't just put up great numbers because he got to play in the Big 12. Derrik Klassen says the Heisman Trophy winner has what it takes to be a quality starter in the NFL.

10 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2018, 1:35am by justanothersteve
Futures: Roquan Smith
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Futures: Roquan Smith

In the pass-happy world of the NFL in 2018, it takes a very special player to make an impact as an inside linebacker. The reigning Butkus Award winner is just such a player. Charles McDonald shows why.

12 comments, Last at 17 Feb 2018, 12:46pm by Al13
Futures: Deshaun Watson
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Futures: Deshaun Watson

You'll rarely see a quarterback make as many good plays and as many bad ones as Clemson's passer did in 2016. Guest columnist Seth Galina breaks down the tape and says the positives significantly outweigh the negatives.

6 comments, Last at 11 May 2017, 7:46am by bubqr
Futures: First-Round Time Capsule Mock
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Futures: First-Round Time Capsule Mock

This week’s Futures is devoted to what Matt Waldman thinks the first round should look like based on his perspective of the game.

29 comments, Last at 30 Apr 2015, 11:56pm by Matt Waldman
Futures: Washington DT Danny Shelton
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Futures: Washington DT Danny Shelton

Player comparisons often have more poetry than math, but there's not enough of either for the common comparison of Shelton to Haloti Ngata and Dontari Poe.

2 comments, Last at 17 Apr 2015, 2:00pm by tuluse
Futures: Florida DE/OLB Dante Fowler
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Futures: Florida DE/OLB Dante Fowler

Is Dante Fowler a top-10 talent? Matt Waldman invites former NFL defensive end Stephen White to his virtual Korean BBQ joint for a conversation.

1 comment, Last at 25 Apr 2015, 1:19pm by nath
Futures: Winston, Hundley, Mariota, and Footwork
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Futures: Winston, Hundley, Mariota, and Footwork

For quarterbacks, the feet are the window to the mind.

3 comments, Last at 02 Apr 2015, 1:06pm by Roch Bear
Futures: Rookie Rankings
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Futures: Rookie Rankings

I hate rookie rankings. You love rookie rankings. It’s a beautiful relationship.

4 comments, Last at 05 Apr 2015, 11:39pm by LionInAZ
Futures: Deep Diving for Small-School Sleepers
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Futures: Deep Diving for Small-School Sleepers

James O'Shaughnessy, Darius Davis, Dezmin Lewis, and Zach Zenner are small-time names with potential for big-time games.

1 comment, Last at 18 Mar 2015, 2:48pm by MilkmanDanimal
Futures: Two Non-College Prospects
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Futures: Two Non-College Prospects

Two tight ends on the Denver roster show that talent isn't always evident at first glance.

3 comments, Last at 12 Mar 2015, 5:14pm by Grendel13G