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The Best Quarterback Draft Classes in NFL History

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:14:55 -0400

The crew at sports/politics site El Dorado have gone through historic NFL yardage data, adjusting for contemporary statistical inflation, in search of the most prolific quarterback draft class in league history.

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Sports Info Solutions Seeks 2018 Football Video Scouts

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:39:44 -0400

Here's a chance to work with our partners at Sports Info Solutions, putting together the charting data that will be used in Football Outsiders Almanac, on the Off The Charts Podcast, and by NFL and NCAA teams. (Click to read more.)

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Open 2018 NFL Draft Thread

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:02:59 -0400

This is an open thread for discussion of the 2018 NFL draft. You can use this thread all night Thursday night during the first round, or to discuss the aftermath of Round 1 the next day, and then again Friday night (Rounds 2-3) and Saturday (Rounds 4-7). We will also have our annual Audibles at the Line staff discussions from the first two nights, published on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Futures: Nick Chubb & Sony Michel

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:19:05 -0400

The Georgia Bullddogs' dynamic duo should be on NFL rosters at some point in the next 72 hours. Which will be the better pro? That depends on what kind of running back you're looking for.

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Off The Charts Podcast: 2018 Draft Edition

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:44:07 -0400

We've got a special treat for you, a big, long 50-minute special edition draft preview Off The Charts football podcast. There are tons of SIS college charting stats you won't find anywhere else, including breakdowns of the top quarterback prospects. Learn how Josh Allen doesn't always suck, and how Lamar Jackson changes defensive strategy. Plus, who had the best man coverage stats of the top cornerback prospects, what routes were the best for the top receiver prospects, and which other top offensive lineman had even more impressive blown block stats than Quenton Nelson.

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FiveThirtyEight: Barkley Isn't the Hero Your Team Needs

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:11:09 -0400

At FiveThirtyEight, we looked at the conundrum of drafting Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in the top five, especially if you're the Browns or Giants. While workhorse backs have been romanticized for decades of NFL history, the league has shifted away from them in favor of more passing and a by-committee approach to the position. We also have not seen first-round backs outperform those taken in later rounds. The rushing DVOA since 2002 is the second lowest in the first round, and there's essentially no difference in yards per carry among the seven rounds. Running backs truly can be found anywhere, and Super Bowl-winning teams this century have also proven that.

BackCAST 2018

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:12:58 -0400

The question is not whether Saquon Barkley is the best running back in this draft class. The question is whether any running back, even one as good as Barkley, warrants a top-five draft selection in the NFL in 2018.

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The Deep Ball Project

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:56:57 -0400

Guest columnist John Kinsley breaks down the tape of every deep pass in the NFL in 2017 and comes away with a shocking conclusion: even without Andrew Luck, the Colts had the best long-ball quarterback in the league.

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2018 NFL Schedule Released

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:00:46 -0400

The schedule is out! Rejoice!

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Jaguars, Dolphins Unveil New Uniforms

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:39:14 -0400

It's Schedule Release Day across the NFL, but apparently it's fashion runway day in the state of Florida.

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2018 Free Agency Cost-Benefit Analysis

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:26:08 -0400

Is Kirk Cousins the best free-agent quarterback in recent memory? Should Trumaine Johnson or Malcolm Butler have gotten the larger contract? And what makes a free-agent contract good or bad, anyway?

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Futures: Ronnie Harrison

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:32:42 -0400

Though teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick gets more headlines, the other Alabama safety prospect in this year's draft deserves plenty of attention too.

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2012 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:41:41 -0400

The five quarterbacks taken in the first two rounds in 2012 combined to win zero games in 2017. Meanwhile, two third-rounders have won Super Bowls, and a fourth-rounder just got an $84 million contract. Let's look back at how that went down.

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The Taxing World of NFL Player Finances

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:33:41 -0400

Fascinating article from The MMQB about the complicated world of tax filing for NFL players. They owe state taxes based on where they play and practice, not where they live, which means filing a number of different state returns each year. It also means that playing teams in tax-free states can dramatically change a player's net income, to the point where it makes sense to specifically spend the bye week in a tax-free state.

ESPN: 2018 NFL Draft Guides

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:50:27 -0400

FO writers have put together draft guides for all 32 teams, looking at three things for each franchise: the biggest need, a quiet need, and a position that is definitely not a need.

SackSEER 2018

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:48:38 -0400

The experts say that North Carolina State's Bradley Chubb will be the first edge rusher taken in the NFL draft, but our forecast system doubts he'll be much more productive than some of his peers.

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NCAA Announces Kickoff Rule Changes

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 20:53:26 -0400

Fair catches on kickoffs received inside a team's own 25-yard line will result in a touchback beginning in 2018.

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Dallas Cowboys Release Dez Bryant

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:54:44 -0400

The Dallas Cowboys have released veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant.

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BackCAST 2018 (ESPN version)

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:23:09 -0400

FO's BackCAST projections for running backs are here, led by Saquon Barkley. Barkley gets the second highest projection since 1998, behind only Ricky Williams. The Barkley debate is fascinating: we don't advise taking running backs high, but what do you do when there aren't great prospects at the positions we usually advise taking high? Backing the idea of taking Barkley higher than other running backs: he's also by far the best receiving back in this year's class, giving him plenty of value even if the passing game is by far more important than the running game.

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Futures: Taven Bryan

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:30:20 -0400

There's a lot to like in the explosive ability in Florida's defensive tackle -- but there are also plenty of question marks to be found in his film.

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