In the past I’ve tried to be sympathetic to the NFL draft’s evaluations of players. I don’t know why I assumed that their evaluation was a gold standard, perhaps because college football conversations on team talent levels are often dictated by how many players a team had drafted and where they went. We should probably … [Read more…]
If you haven’t heard from fans of other conferences, the Big 12 hasn’t been doing so well in the NFL draft of late. This was a big story in 2017 when only one player (Pat Mahomes, Texas Tech) was drafted from the conference into the first round. I figured that the league would rebound strongly … [Read more…]
The Buckeyes had to replace a lot of NFL talent on defense last year…and they did it by plugging in even more NFL talent. Uncanny, Urban Meyer is clearly one of the best recruiters/evaluators in the business. Over at SB Nation I broke down some of how they’re able to maintain continuity and success on … [Read more…]
I examine the issue over at Football Study Hall. * Of course it’s always possible that the NFL is simply overlooking Big 12 players that might be better than expected.
As someone that watches a ton of recruiting film I have a fairly good idea of how people that follow a game at one level tend to evaluate players coming up from the lower levels. You try to watch for raw athleticism and skill from highlights or moments from games and you don’t spend forever … [Read more…]
It’s curious that the hybrid RB that can run routes hasn’t had a greater role in the Big 12 yet. Granted it’s hard to teach a RB how to excel at reading blocks, picking up blitzes in pass protection, AND running crips routes outside but there’s sure a lot of upside if you can. Christian … [Read more…]
I talked about Wyoming’s young signal caller Josh Allen over at Football Study Hall today. While he would have likely been a top pick in the 2017 NFL draft he could be THE top pick of the 2018 draft. What’s interesting is that despite growing up in California and coming in at 6-3, 180 as … [Read more…]
I took a stab at answering this question over at Football Study Hall and suggested that his football IQ and acceleration could allow him to grow into a Troy Polamalu-like figure down the road. You’ll notice in the article that I mentioned Ohio State’s defensive shortcoming in needing corner-caliber coverage guys at field safety to … [Read more…]