April 2016


One factor in NFL draft analysis that's underrated is scheme fit. It's important to study the strengths and weaknesses of a player, but it's also important to figure out what role they might play in the NFL. Here's an example from last year. I saw many mock drafts predict the Philadelphia Eagles would draft Alabama safety Landon Collins. That's because the Eagles needed a safety. Here's the problem: Their defensive coordinator last year, Billy Davis, wanted his safeties to be interchangeable in his scheme, able to play free or strong safety depending on the play. Collins isn't that type of player; he's much more comfortable in the box. If you considered scheme fit, you knew it was improbable that Collins would land with the Eagles. The New York Giants ended up selecting him after the Eagles passed.
Even in a year when the quarterbacks don't appear to be slam-dunk naturals to make it big in the NFL, that's where the focus will be when the draft begins Thursday night in Chicago. The Rams and Eagles mortgaged a whole chunk of their futures with huge deals to get the top two selections, and they're determined to find their franchise QB.
(The Sports Xchange) - Reaction poured in after the Washington Redskins landed All-Pro linebacker Josh Norman, who said on Friday night he wanted to win "the granddaddy of them all". The free agent was signed by the Redskins on Friday to a deal for five years and $75 million, with a reported $50 million guaranteed. After the Carolina Panthers surprisingly rescinded his franchise tag on Wednesday, the 28-year-old Norman visited the Redskins on Friday to close out the deal.
Reaction poured in after the Washington Redskins landed All-Pro linebacker Josh Norman, who said on Friday night he wanted to win "the granddaddy of them all". The free agent was signed by the Redskins on Friday to a deal for five years and $75 million, with a reported $50 million guaranteed. After the Carolina Panthers surprisingly rescinded his franchise tag on Wednesday, the 28-year-old Norman visited the Redskins on Friday to close out the deal.

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