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Wildman

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As some of you know, this is the time of year I study a fair bit of game tape and compile it into a publication. Thus far I have evaluated entire games of 109 QBs, RBs, WRs, & TEs that have declared for the draft (and probably another dozen who may) and I'm shooting for 125-150 total players before I publish it in April.

But there are some players I want to evaluate that I don't have any games to watch. If you happen to have games of any of the following players, please contact me and I will PayPal you the shipping fee to record it and send it to me.

QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State

QB Rhett Bohmar (I have games of him at OU, but need some at Sam Houston State)

QB Tim Hiller, Western Michigan

QB Nathan Brown, Central Arkansas

QB Chase Holbrook, New Mexico State

QB Mike Reilly, Central Washington

QB Chris Pizzoti, Harvard

RB Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico State

RB Rashad Jennings, Liberty

RB Devin Moore, Wyoming (I only have a game that is edited for time and not every play)

RB Tyler Roehl, North Dakota State

RB Bernard Scott, Abilene Christian

RB Herb Donaldson, Western Illinois

WR Julius Pruitt, Ouachita Baptist

WR Justin Brown, Hampton

WR Jeremy Gilchrist, Hampton

WR Johnny Knox, Abilene Christian

WR Quinton Lawrence, McNeese State

WR Ramses Barden , Cal Poly

TE David Johnson, Arkansas State

If you can help me, I would really appreciate it. :popcorn: I know only a few of them are considered to be well-known, viable prospects but if I have time to evaluate them I want to have a DVD available to use. BTW- I also need the recording to be on DVD-R

And in case you're curious, here's the players I have evaluated thus far with another 80-85 days of evaluation time where I will probably evaluate many of these players another 1-3 times plus add more to the list. If the name is listed more than once, it means I've watched a game for each time the player is listed. Some players listed won't be declaring but from what I have counted, 109 of them have declared:

RBs

Aaron Brown TCU

Anthony Kimble Stanford

Antone Smith Florida State

Arian Foster Tennessee

Barron Batch Texas Tech

Barron Batch Texas Tech

Brad Lester Auburn

Brock Bolen Louisville

C.J. Spiller Clemson

Cedric Peerman Virginia

Charles Scott LSU

Chris Ogbonnaya Texas

Chris Wells Ohio State

DeMyron Martin SMU

Donald Brown Connecticut

Ian Johnson Boise State

James Davis Clemson

James Davis Clemson

Javarris Williams Tennessee State

Javon Ringer Michigan State

Jeremiah Johnson Oregon

Jorvorskie Lane Texas A&M

Keiland Williams LSU

Knowshon Moreno Georgia

Knowshon Moreno Georgia

LaRod Stephens Howling Pittsburgh

LeSean McCoy Pittsburgh

Marlon Lucky Nebraska

P.J. Hill Wisconsin

Percy Harvin Florida

Shannon Woods Texas Tech

Shannon Woods Texas Tech

Shon Greene Iowa

Tarrion Adams Tulsa

Toby Gerhart Stanford

WRs

Aaron Kelly Clemson

Austin Collie BYU

Brandon Tate UNC

Brennan Marion Tulsa

Brian Robiske Ohio State

Danario Alexander Missouri

Demetrius Byrd LSU

Dez Bryant Oklahoma State

Dominick Goodman Cincinnati

Dorrell Jollah West Virginia

Early Doucet LSU

Eric Morris Texas Tech

Eric Morris Texas Tech

Eric Peterman Northwestern

Hakeem Nicks UNC

Jaison Williams Oregon

Jamarko Simmons Western Michigan

Jarrett Dillard Rice

Jeremy Maclin Missouri

Jordan Shipley Texas

Juaquin Iglesias Oklahoma

Juaquin Iglesias Oklahoma

Kenny Britt Rutgers

Kerry Meier Kansas

Louis Murphy Florida

Lucas Taylor Tennessee

Manuel Johnson Oklahoma

Manuel Johnson Oklahoma

Marcus Edwards South Florida

Marcus Henry Kansas

Marko Mitchell Nevada

Menelik Holt Nebraska

Michael Crabtree Texas Tech

Michael Crabtree Texas Tech

Michael Reed BYU

Mohamed Massaquoi Georgia

Nate Swift Nebraska

Preston Parker Florida State

Quan Cosby Texas

Quentin Chaney Oklahoma

Rasheed Ward Northwestern

Ross Lane Northwestern

Sammie Stroughter Oregon State

Sammie Stroughter Oregon State

Seyi Ajirotutu Fresno State

Shane Morales Oregon State

Taurus Johnson South Florida

Terence Scott Oregon

Tiquan Underwood Rutgers

Todd Peterson Nebraska

Tyler Grisham Clemson

Vinny Perretta Boise State

Walter Bryant TCU

QBs

Brian Hoyer Michigan State

Chase Clement Rice

Chase Daniel Missouri

Colt McCoy Texas

Cullen Harper Clemson

David Johnson Tulsa

Graham Harrell Texas Tech

Graham Harrell Texas Tech

Hunter Cantwell Louisville

Joe Ganz Nebraska

John Parker Wilson Alabama

Matt Grothe South Florida

Matt Grothe South Florida

Matthew Stafford Georgia

Matthew Stafford Georgia

Max Hall BYU

Mike Teel Rutgers

Nate Longshore California

Pat White West Virginia

Patrick Pinkney East Carolina

Sam Bradford Oklahoma

Tim Tebow Florida

Tim Tebow Florida

Todd Reesing Kansas

Tom Brandstater Fresno State

Willie Tuitama Arizona

TE

Bear Pascoe Fresno State

Branden Ledbetter Western Michigan

Brandon Pettigrew Oklahoma State

Cedric Hill South Florida

Chase Coffman Missouri

Cornelius Ingram Florida

Cornelius Ingram Florida

Davon Drew East Carolina

Dennis Pitta BYU

Jermaine Gresham Oklahoma

Jermaine Gresham Oklahoma

Kevin Brock Rutgers

Nick Walker Alabama

Robbie Agnone Delaware

Rory Nicol Ohio State

 
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That's a lot of work, and I admire you for that.

I have a question though... Is seeing one game of theirs really enough to go on to evaluate them?

It would seem to me that you would have to see a full season of them in action to make a proper evaluation.

 
Cecil and Signund...thanks for your help.

As for the question about the amount of games to watch it's a good question. As I mentioned in the post, I don't look at just one game for most of the players I look at 2-3. A sample size really is all you need because just like any person performing a job, he/she has certain tendencies and habits that show up. When I observe a player I'm not looking for things like great stats or production in a game.

For instance I rated Joseph Addai as one of the best backs in the 2006 draft after grading a performance against Auburn's stifling run defense (at the time) where he gained less than 3 ypc in the game. At the same time I have had much lower grades for players with gaudy stats in a game because they didn't perform well when graded to the same expectations of performance you would expect from an NFL player.

A QB in college might have a 68% completion percentage in a game and throw for 350 yards and 5 scores, but if they routinely make their WRs adjust to balls they should catch in stride; the ball is placed on the wrong shoulder on a throw; or in a spot where the receiver has to take a hit he shouldn't have to in the situation, then his accuracy isn't pinpoint - the NFL an open receiver isn't defined the same as it is in college football because in the NFL you have to throw to tighter windows, run through smaller creases at the LOS, face tighter coverage, etc.

It's a matter of sample size of opportunities than watching a whole season. Although it is a constant learning process and I'll always be wrong on some players. I believe my track record for evaluating players has been strong because my method is highly detailed and well-defined based on fundamentals that are expected from each position. The observations are geared to project how well a player's performance would be in an NFL game with faster, stronger, quicker, more aware, and technically sound opposition. It's also a good service for people who want to learn about fantasy rookies because it provides a great reference with supporting information to see for yourself what you think, which I'll explain in a moment.

Greg Cosell is a longtime producer with NFL Films and ESPN's NFL Match up. He's been studying film for 29 years. He's seen a sample of my work and has told me my method of analysis and eye for what I'm seeing is on the right track. I'm going to be sending him samples of my work for the past three years this winter because it's a great learning opportunity for me. But I can say that most people who have seen the results have found it highly detailed and often times on target where others weren't.

I obviously miss the boat on players because evaluation is an imperfect process, but what I do that separates me from much of the pack is when I grade a player on an area of his game, I have a separate area where I often document the down, distance, time sequence, and what happened on the play to support my point. Basically, I rehash the play. So when you look through my analysis, you can have a window into the scenarios I used to make a grading decisions. Therefore you have my rankings, but you also have supporting research that you can use to make your own. I also provide summaries of the work so I'm not just providing this raw material of all the examples I'm going to post below.

A great example of not always needing a huge sample is Matt Forte. I evaluated him last year versus LSU and he only had 17 touches in the game (admittedly, I would have loved to have 50-80 touches to watch), but it was pretty easy to see he was going to be a fine player...here are excerpts of what I wrote in the evaluation. This is not the exact format I use, but just some written content from an individual report. First two paragraphs are summaries of strengths and weaknesses and the rest are supporting discussion about specific skill sets that are on a checklist (which you also see) with 35 grading points for the RB position:

Forte vs. LSU

Strengths: Forte runs like a potential NFL starter in the sense that he knows when to make the most of what yardage is available to him despite the fact he has very good vision, quick reactions to penetration, and can make the first man miss. When it is time for him to lower his shoulder or bury himself against his linemen, he will do so. He is a quick runner with good size and isn't afraid to deliver a hit before he is hit. He has no problem following his blockers and doesn't lose yardage looking for the home run play.He has terrific instincts and moves between the tackles.His acceleration is deceiving. He might be one of the top three backs in this draft. As a runner, he might be the best. LSU gave up 26.8 rushing yards per game prior to this contest. Tulane actually led 9-7 with 1:40 in the half. In this game, he had at least 4 plays where he had to make a man miss in the backfield before getting to the hole. Each of those gains were for at least 4 yards and easily could have been losses of at least 3 yards.

WeaknessesWhile showing he's quite capable of blocking, his effort was inconsistent. He had two fumbles in the past two games and in this game he just didn't show awareness of the LB in traffic. He needs to be more consistent as a blocker, route runner, and protector of the football. If he does these three things better, he has enough skill as a runner to start for an NFL team.

Forte ran through a tackle on the first running play of the game after avoiding the up field penetration and carried two defenders with good body lean for 3 yards and a total gain of 6 yards. He is big enough to spin for extra yards after initially wrapped up at the line of scrimmage. He is not shy about making contact with the defense as a runner. On the 1st and 5 stretch play with 8:11 in the half, Forte spotted the safety coming free as the RB got the corner. He cut inside to square his shoulders and delivered the blow first by lowering his shoulder into the safety, who was charging fast. The two met two yards from the first down marker and Forte won the battle, running through the tackle. If Glenn Dorsey hadn't come to clean up the play by grabbing Forte's legs and pulling him out of bounds, the RB might have had a huge gain.

Forte's first chance at the ball as a returner on the first kickoff. He fielded the kick cleanly, ran 10 yards and then attempted a throwback that was off target and thrown forward. Good job holding onto the football as he was going through the hole on his first run and the defender tried to rip it while riding Forte's back. On the Green Wave's second possession Forte lined up in the back of a diamond formation--4 receivers split wide in diamond pattern--caugth a lateral throw and then tried to hit a receiver on a streak, but over threw it by 7 yards. Good job keeping the ball on the outside arm on his run with 8:10 in the 2nd QTR. He had the ball stripped on a toss sweep to the left where he had gained 6 yards before the LB ripped the ball.

Forte picked up 6 yards on the first run with the FB split to the strong side. LSU's DT got penetration 3 yards into the backfield, but Forte made a quick cut to the right to find the hole in the defense. Very good lateral movement on this play. On 1st and 10 with 11:14 in the second, Forte took a hand off facing a corner blitz. The DT was two steps from him in the backfield when he received the hand off, but he got by the DT with a stutter move and excellent burst up the middle. On 2nd and 4 with 4:02 in the half, Forte made a great dip to the inside on a play originally designed to follow the FB, but the LSU defense blitzed the safety off the slot receiver to take out the FB's lead block and the ROLB had penetration untouched into the backfield. Forte made an unbelievable jump cut back to the inside to avoid the safety and flew right past the LOLB so fast the player fell down. He then split two linemen up the middle to avoid the two unblocked LBs and wasn’t touched on the play until 10 yards down the field by the safety on the opposite side of the field.

Forte has very good balance. He did not go down when Glenn Dorsey shot for his legs on his stretch play run for a 1st down with 8:10 in the half. It generally takes more than one player to bring down Forte. If one player does it, Forte generally gained 2-4 yards after the initial contact.

Forte has pretty quick short area moves. He anticipates penetration very well. He outran the backside pressure fo the DT shooting through the LG and C on a 1st and 5 stretch play with 8:12 in the half and got to the corner of the defense. He doesn't seem quick because he's a glider, but he's very quick in traffic. He made moves to avoid tacklers that you don't see from most backs and he only has two offensive linemen with the strength to bench 400 lbs, so he's playing against an LSU team where 75 players can bench that amount.

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orte did not seek out anyone to block after being the recipient of a play fake on an end around. He went through the line and then circled back towards the ball carrier and appeared more concerned with avoiding contact so he wouldn't get run over in the open field. He did chip the DE on the next play on a 3rd and 4 play where he circled out of the backfield. On a 3rd and 4 with 3:10 in the opening QTR. Forte was on the right side of the QB in the shotgun and set up to block a DE, but did not aggressively engage with the defender. He placed his hands on the DE and watched to see what the QB was doing rather than deliver a shot. He's a very tentative blocker at best. He did get a slightly better push on an outside man on the next series with :35 in the 1st QTR. He had the same "shield the man" effort on the OLB on 3rd and 6 with 14:53 in the 2nd QTR. He made a decent attempt to turn back on a roll out to put a body on Glenn Dorsey to slow the DT's pursuit. He chipped in against Dorsey on a 3rd and 11 with 7:07 left in the half. Nice job getting into the DT's body although he did not deliver an aggressive blow. Forte needed to chip the DE on passing play with 11:04 in the game, but he released too quickly and the DE came free from the LT to sack the QB.

Good job finding the hole in the defense despite the quick penetration on the first run of the game. He picked his way for 6 yards on the play. He still picked this up despite LSU being offsides on the play. He showed patience on his next run to follow his pulling guard and center to the right flat and gained four yards. Good job spotting the penetration on the run with 11:14 in the 2nd QTR and running behind the backs of the linemen getting a decent push on the LSU D-line. He gained six on a 1st and 10 with 4:24 in the half on a run around the left end following his FB. Beautiful read of his linemen peeling off in the hole to block down on the LBs after he made a great jump cut to avoid penetration in the backfield by two players. How he saw that opening to make a second cut inside to fly through it untouched after the first jump cut to barrel into the line a few yards earlier was incredible. He had to anticipate what happened, because there was no opening there. Great patience on an 11-yard run off a delay. He allowed his FB to engage and then exploded out of his cut to blow through the hole untouched. The safety saved the score by holding onto him until the RB dragged him down 4 yards later. He began the second half with another incredible cut in the hole out of the I-formation. Just as the safety came charging from the left side with the angle, Forte cut to the right through a bigger ally, making Stelz miss badly, and exploded through the line for a 20-yard gain. He showed good patience on a toss sweep to get 6 yards, but fumbled the football.

Forte was split next to the QB in the shotgun on 2nd and 5 with 14:20 in the opening quarter. He ran through the line and executed a 5-yard out. He did not get enough depth on the route to catch it as a first down and he did not extend his hands to catch the football. The ball passed right by him. Forte tried to catch the middle screen with his arms extended and the ball reached his hands, but the defender hit him in the back and jarred it loose and incomplete. Forte caught a pass in the flat on a play where the defense was caught off sides. He continued his route and got into the secondary cleaning as the LB blitzed the QB. He caught he ball with his hands and accelerated up field for 21 yards, breaking an arm tackle after dipping to the inside of the player with an angle. The other attempts were overthrown balls by the QB.

I'll be providing more samples of my work past and present throughout the "draft season" Here's a few more...mind you many of these are from years where I didn't document down, distance, and what the line doing like I am now.



Joseph Addai vs. Auburn

Overall Strengths: Addai had a 32-attempt, 156-yard, 1 TD game against Florida this year and an even bigger effort against Miami. After Reggie Bush, this is the back from the draft class of 2006 that I'd want to have on my football team. He plays with heart, toughness, and brains. He does everything well, and well enough to win games. He is a physical runner with excellent wiggle. Addai is as solid an all-around back as there is in college football today. He's going to be a good NFL back, because he can catch and block very well. Some team is going to be thrilled Joseph Addai fell to them.

Overall Weaknesses: He only carries the ball in his right hand. His size is average for an NFL runner, but he plays big and fast. Addai has few weaknesses. The biggest question will be whether he can carry an NFL load because he didn't do it in college. He doesn't have great skills in one specific area, but he's just a notch below at several different aspects of playing his position.

Power: Addai does a good job falling forward. He is an impressively tough inside runner that bounces off hits and will gain yards after contact. Addai uses several techniques to get maximum yardage in traffic. He turns and twists his way for yardage as often as he'll lower his shoulder. Regardless of the method, Addai consistently gets tough yards and the defense has to effectively gang tackle him. In the right kind of system, Addai can wear out a defense in the 4th QTR with his style of play. He got a key first down where he had to bull over the defense across the marker on a short pitch with 4:00 left in the 4th QTR on a third down.

Ball Handling: Addai primarily carries the ball in his right hand. He will cover up the ball with both hands in traffic, and switch the ball to the outside on some plays. He needs to improve doing this more consistently, but shows he can do it without trouble. Addaid didn't use the stiff arm in this game, but I watched him use it in other games. One example was when he leveled UM lsafety Phillips coming out of the hole on a 25-yard run with a stiff arm and on the same play flashed a second stiff arm on the free safety.

Elusiveness: As mentioned before, Addai showed nice footwork across the formation on his first run. Addai slipped one tackle attempt and nearly broke a long run, but was tripped after a 9-yard gain. He caught a swing pass to the right side and eluded three tacklers in the open field to gain the first down on a 12-yard gain. He has excellent hesitation moves and stutter steps on the run after the reception.He sets up moves in the open field. Although he does not make dramatic lateral moves, Addai runs with a great wiggle. He can make small jump cuts or hop out of the way of a player. He has made at least 6 defenders miss him with his moves at this point in the 3rd QTR (7:03).

Balance: Addai maintains his balance effectively when facing up a player. He also has good movement and keeps his balance effectively with his moves. He hurdled a man on a sweep and maintained his footing. Addai is a very strong, physically fit athlete.

Speed: Addai reportedly runs a 4.39 forty yard dash. We'll see at the combine if he runs (he ran a 4.4). Addai didn't look like a burner in this game, but he's had few chances to run straight through an open hole--there are very few against a good SEC defense like Auburn. But based the times he created a hole with a good move and ran through it, it looks like he'll have a respectable time because it takes a lot of speed and quickness to do what he's doing. Addai has a decent burst when he spots an opening. Auburn is one of the best defenses in the country and has a lot of team speed. Addai was able to bounce a couple of plays outside with his speed.

Blocking: Addai laid an excellent hit on the DB blitzing on a first down pass play. Although the defense overloaded Addai's side and the LB came on a delayed blitz right around the RB as he was blocking the DB, the assignment pick up was correct. He did a great job picking up a safety blitz on a third down play in the 2nd QTR. The blitz was a bid delayed, and Addai was very quick to come over and aggressively lay a hit on the player. Addai did not sustain the block, but it looked like he was supposed to lay the hit and then turn around as a safety valve for the QB. The QB hesitated to throw the ball after the initial blitz pick up and was sacked by the safety and LB--not Addai's fault. He shows he can block high or low with good effort and success.

Vision: Addai has impressive run vision. His first run was in a 2nd and 5 situation against a run blitz on an 8-man front. Addai used good footwork to bounce the play across the formation to the right and gain the first down. He displays nice patience in the hole--varying his steps and speed to exploit openings. Overall he just sees the field very well. Auburn was getting penetration into the backfield and reading the LSU playbook pretty well, but Addai still had a good game. His small gains were often the result of his good vision and movement to create space for himself. In comparison, his backfieldmates were held to minimal gains in this game.

Receiving and Routes: Addai has very good receiving technique out of the backfield. He released from the backfield and maintained his back to the LOS as the ball was in the air. Addai looked back to the QB and extended his arms to catch the ball away from his body while moving up field. He does a good job with swing routes, maintaining distance for the QB to use him as a safety valve as the play breaks down.

Durability: Addai is one of the tougher football players coming out of this draft. He was hit in the face mask and had his head snap back while he was falling to the ground at the same time a defender had wrapped him up. Addai was able to walk off the field. He had a knee injury at the end of his high school career a sprained MCL at LSU and some minor, recurring ankle injuries, but none requiring major rehabilitation after high school.

Character: Addai is a very unselfish football player. He split time with highly recruited backs and was willing to take on any role as a runner/blocker/receiver. He has a history of making big plays for this team as a blocker, receiver, and goal line runner.

Player: DeAngelo Williams Date: 12/26/2005 Opponent: Akron

Overall Strengths: Broke the NCAA record for most 100-yard games with 34, once held by Tony Dorsett and Archie Griffin and the NCAA's all-time, all-purpose yardage leader. In fact, if there is a back that reminds me of Tony Dorsett, Williams is that player. Williams has an excellent burst and smooth open field moves. His best traits are vision and balance. There will be detractors about his long speed, minor injuries, and his competitive spirit for not facing Tennessee this year. Ignore them, Williams is the complete package that is sound in just about every fundamental you would desire from a feature runner. He's also a player with character and leadership skills. He had a terrific season although he had to run behind a new offensive line, and a 4th-string QB. He should be a starter in the NFL for quite a few years.

Overall Weaknesses: Williams needs more work with his blocking. The Memphis RB tends to drop his head too early on cut blocks and he tips off his opponent to his intentions. Once he develops better blocking skills, he has the total package to be an every down back. But at this point, he may have to start as a change of pace option or be taken out on third down if the team that drafts him doesn't use him as a receiver out of the backfield. Williams has great burst, but he can get caught from behind on longer runs. He's deceptively powerful, but he's not a bruising back. His ability to stay healthy is something that is fair to question about his potential to hold up as an NFL starter.

Power: Williams does a good job falling forward when wrapped up at the end of his runs. He has a very well-built, and powerful body for his size. He does a good job driving forward after the initial contact. Wiliams understands how to make space in short-yardage situations by lowering his head and plowing through traffic. He is behind Ricky Williams on career yards per carry at 6.16. Williams demonstrated an adequate stiff arm with his left arm on a sweep in the 3rd QTR. He began the 4th QTR with an even more effective stiff arm on a carry for the first down, and followed up on the next carry with yet another stiff arm against an LB that helped him gain another 15 yards. He easily ran through leg tackles in this contest. The most impressive play I saw all night from Wiliams was on a 1st and goal from the 2-yard line after he made a 69-yard run and weaved through the secondary. Williams took the pitch, ran through an LB's tackle, was grabbed by both the NT and DT at the 2-yard line, and then carried both players across the goal line. To run the ball 69-yards in the 4th QTR after several carries in the game, and then follow it up with a power run against two guys that weigh at least a combined 550 pounds speaks volumes about Williams' stamina and effort.

Ball Handling: Williams appears to feel most comfortable carrying the ball in his right hand, but he does use both hands. On his 33-yard run, Williams originally had the ball in his left had because the play was designed to go this way. When Williams cut back to the right, the Memphis RB sensed the pursuit on his left and switched the ball to his right hand while heading towards the right sideline.

Elusiveness: Although Williams has a nice wiggle and runs with good lateral movement, he always seems to be moving forward. Williams long run from his own 1-yard line in the 2nd QTR started with an excellent start-stop change of direction that was so quick, it threw off the angle of the run blitzing safety and got Williams outside for a long gain. He has very good start stop moves and he has the quickness to reverse his field for positive gains. Williams also dips in and out of space with lower body moves that set up the defender to commit too soon. Williams displays very impressive change of directon while on the move. He made a very smooth lateral move to the right on a hand off intended to go up the middle and took it outside of a 15-yard gain. Other than Reggie Bush, there isn't a better open field runner in college football. Williams took a 4th QTR run through the middle of the defense and eliminated a great angle of a safety that was over the top of Williams and closing. Williams was able to turn the safety around and then cut away from him at the last moment

Balance: Williams gained 5 yards on an option play after he was able to lean back, avoid the brunt of a hit coming to his right side behind the line of scrimmage, and then maintained his balance for the entire gain.

Speed: Williams good speed to get around the corner of the defense. He took a draw play to the outside in the 1st QTR for a 19-yard gain and was not touched until 15 yards down field. His burst looks better than his long range speed. When he gets into the open field there is a tendency for the secondary to recover and get a chance to make an attempt.

Blocking: Williams delivered an excellent kickout block on an end around on the second play of the game. Williams went low and drove his body right into the groin area of the OLB--perfect technique on a cut block--and knocked him out of the play. With 1:57 left in the 2nd QTR, Williams was the lead blocker on a QB sprint out, but he ran right by a defender coming off a block. It looked like either Williams saw the LB but let him through to the QB but turned around to act as if he missed it or he honestly ran past the man without seeing him before it was too late. Williams did make a pretty good cut block on the edge rusher on the next player to help his QB complete a 48-yard bomb. The block was a little too low in the legs, but it still made the LB a beat too slow to get to the QB. Yet it was the type of play an NFL LB might be able to make if Williams blocks this way in the pros. In the 3rd QTR on an attempted doubled pass on 3rd & 10, Williams telegraphed his cut block on the CB by lowering his head too soon. This allowed the CB to hurdle the attempt and disrupt the play. Williams should become a better blocker, but hasn't consistently demonstrated good technique in this game.

Vision: Possibly Williams' best trait as a runner. His specialty is the cutback run. On a 3rd and 10 from Memphis' own 1-yard line, Williams took a hand off designed to go to the left, but correctly identified the LBs stacked on that side of the formation and cut back to the right. He exploited the open lane with a burst of speed for a 33-yard gain.

Receiving and Routes: Williams did a good job trying to adjust his route to the flat by turning upfield when the Akron secondary jumped the original route while the Memphis QB was getting flushed to the right. Williams had only 11 receptions this year, but has proven throughout his career to be an excellent receiver out of the backfield. He had 35 receptions as a sophomore.

Durability: Williams broke his leg in 2004's bowl game.Had some nagging ankle injuries in his career but always seems to get back within a short period of time.

Character: Williams is a team player that had t-shirts made labeled "The Memphis Tigers Breakfast Club--we make pancakes all day long." He is very much a leader on the Memphis St. squad. As a freshman he was able to enlist the help of his coaches to keep his teammate Marcus Avery in the program when Avery got discouraged when told he'd be moved to WR. Very much a student of the game, Williams compiled all his carries last year on film so he could analyze his style.

 
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Okay two more...I love this stuff...this one is for a current player I evaluated a few days ago so the write up my have a some content errors since it's a rough draft...but here's an initial take on Iowa RB Shon Greene and UVA RB Cedric Peerman, whom I really like as a player...

Greene vs. Pittsburgh 9/20/08

Strengths: Big, strong runner with a low center of gravity that defenders have to focus on hitting low in order to bring him down. He has an initial burst and he presses the hole to find the cutback lane when running between the tackles. He has the ability to turn his hips and make lateral cuts. He has good feet and hip movement for a man his size. His build and running style remind me a little bit of Oiler, Giant, and Charger RB Gary Brown. He his powerful, but he's quick and can make that one strong cut. He takes what the defense gives him and doesn't try to do anything more. He'll be a great fit for an NFL team looking for a one-cut, downhill runner in the mold of a Michael Turner. Put him in a zone blocking scheme and he could be a 1200-yard back within a year or two.

Weaknesses:He is a liability in pass protection. He misses angles and doesn't move his feet laterally well enough to stay with his blocks. He is not a fluid receiver from the backfield. If he shores up these deficiencies, especially pass protection, he could start right away. But he won't get a chance to start and be an 18-25 carry per game back unless he improves here. His chance to be a productive, full-time starter depends a lot on being able to pass protect and that means his time table for development is up to him.

Power: Shon Greene will punish a defender as much as any back in college football. On a 2nd and 5 run with 12:00 in the 1st QTR he followed his lead FB through a hole of LG and three yards down field he lowered his shoulder into a CB coming up in run support and ran through him to the first down marker, lowering his free forearm into the CB and knocking off his helmet. It was the second time this CB lost his helmet in a hit with the RB in two series. Greene got two more yards to the first down marker because of that hit and then continued to churn his legs when two LBs grabbed him as he tried to spin and back his way for extra yardage. One guy just can't wrap him up by yourself, you have to either hit him low very hard to knock his legs out or you need two guys to wrap him and stop his forward progress. On the first two carries with 8:00 in the half, he gained 6 and 7 yards, half of them coming after contact and generating a push. He only gained a yard on a second an one rush but he kept his legs moving after the first head-on collision and nearly ran out of two tackles moving the pile to his left about about 5 yards. He ran over a CB in the hole, breaking his tackle for an extra two yards on the play on a 1st and 10 run with 13:12 remaining.

Ball Handling: Excellent job carrying the ball under his left arm to the left side of the field with 12:30 in the 1st QTR and on the series before, carrying it under his right arm on his first three carries to the right side of the field. He consistently used the correct arm to carry the football and demonstrated adequate ball protection running in traffic and taking hits to that area of his body.

Balance: He demonstrated good pad level with his collision with the safety on his first gain for 10 yards. Excellent balance to run out of a tackle attempt by the CB coming from the inside at and tightrope the sideline for another eight yards. He gained 9 yards on a run up the middle out of the I formation with 7:21 in the 3rd QTR, once again pressing the hold to the right as it slanted left and dipping into the crease off RG, but he was hit by the LB getting blocked by the RG and it spun him around but Greene continued to move down field a couple of yards trying to get his shoulders forward. He was hit in the chest by a DT as his back faced the LOS and he spun away from the hit to lean for another few yards.

Speed: On 2nd and 19 with 5:00 in the half, he took a hand off from the shotgun around right end, making one cut through a lane created by the RT and burst up field untouched for 20 yards, breaking a tackle at the sideline while tight roping the boundary for another five yards before running over a DB for a 33-yard gain. Excellent burst between three Pitt defenders through a cutback lane for his 6-yard score with 3:26 in the half. Iowa's OC made a perfect play call on a 4th and 2 with 6:37 in the 3rd QTR. The Pitt defense put 8 men on the line with three of them shaded to the rigth side and Iowa was in an I-back set with both WRs split to the left. The TE came in motion to the right and Iowa faked the FB dive then pitched it to Greene as he ran to the left. He had enough burst to get to the corner and then make a sharp cut up a seam that made the CB on run support lose his feet in an attempt to recover his angle. He squared his shoulders and ran through the LB for the first down.

Vision:Greene's first carry was on Iowa's opening offensive play out of a 3-WR sent and the offensive line ran an isolation blocking scheme designed for him to go through a hole off RG. Green took the hand off and by the time he entered the hole at the LOS the RG and C were already in the second level of the defense turning the LB to the inside of the field and Greene was able to go untouched for six yards before lowering his shoulders in preparation for a collision with the safety at the 29 yard line for a 10-yard gain and a first down. On the next play he lined up as the I-back in a standard, 2-WR set and the offensive line slanted its blocking to the left with the FB leading to the right. He pressed the hole to the middle about a yard from the LOS and then followed his FB's lead block at the right end of the line to get into the right flat. The CB approached and broke down two yards ahead with a a LB coming in pursuit from the inside and he was brought down by the CB for a 4-yard gain. Early on, he's doing a nice job of pressing the hole. On the third straight run, he followed the line slanting to the right and pressed the hole off LG before making a quick dip back inside through a crease for three yards before getting gang-tackled. His dip back through the crease was the right choice because the DT was coming free off RG, which Greene saw, and he would have had to take him on to get through that crease or run around right end. On the first play of Iowa's second series he ran out of the I formation with 2 WRs split to the left side. The line slanted to the left side and Greene pushed the hole towards left end then cut behind the LG who did a great job moving the DT towards the left sideline. Greene ran behind the LG and LT through a big lane that opened up with this cutback and lowered his inside shoulder into the CB at the left hash about 3 yards down field, falling forward for a 5-yard gain. On the next play he gained 5 yards for a first down by following his lead FB into a hole off LG. What he did really well was stay on the inside of the FB until the FB made contact and then bent the run to the FB's outside shoulder through the gap. On the next play, a 1st and goal run from the 9 yard line, Greene got the ball out of a 2-TE single set and ran towards RG before cutting back to the soft spot fo the line off left end. Although he only gained a yard on the play he made the right choice on a well-defended play by Pitt and nearly broke the play open on his own. Excellent cutback on 3rd and 3 from the 6 yard line with 3:30 in the half to score. The line slanted to the right and Greene ran to that direction then made a sharpe cut away from the LB coming to meet him a yard in the backfield and into a gap between three Pitt defenders and one Iowa blocker. He burst through them with his shoulders low and crossed the goal line with one of them holding his leg. Good footwork - on 1st and 10 with 13:12 in the 3rd QTR, he took a hand off from a two TE set with the line slanting to the right. He pressed the hole to the right then made a nifty dip back to the left (neither very far from center) to get into the hole and gain 4 yards. He is so good and consistent at pressing the hole. On 1st and 10 with 9:04 in the 3rd QTR he pressed the hole moving right as the line slanted left and then cut back at the LOS for 3 yards before dipping behind a block in the hole through a lane for another 7 yards and the first down before greeting the safety with his shoulder pads and taking him on a 3-yard journey. He even makes cuts that go against the direction of the line. For instance at 6:08 in the 3rd QTR on 1st and 10 the line slanted right and he initially dipped to the right and cut to his left when he saw a crease open off RG. It was a much smaller crease that the huge gap off right end, but he hopped through it for two yards before hitting an LB and spinning off the hit to the outside, breaking the tackle and dipping to the right sideline for the first down and carrying the DB for three yards to the 2 yard line.

Elusiveness: On his second run, Greene tried to set up a move on the CB breaking down in front of him, but he could not bounced to the outside as the CB shot for his legs and made a perfect hit to take Green's legs out from under him. He has good feet for a 235-lb back. On 1st and goal from the 9 yard line with 11:15 in the game he made a strong lateral cut to the backside of the line from right to left and then dipped away from backside pursuit before trying to stutter and slide away from the CB in run support. The lateral cut at the LOS really demonstrated his abilty to turn his hips quickly for a big guy and change direction. Nice cut back to the inside shoulder of the FB at right end to RG and getting four yards and a first down on a short yardage play with 5:40 in the 1st QTR. Very good cut on a 3rd and 1 to avoid a defender shooting through the LOS just as he was following his FB into a hole by cutting to the right shoulder of the FB to avoid the defender shooting from his left. He got three yards and the first down before a defender tripped him up as he gained two more for a total of five on the carry. He pulled away from the arm tackle, but couldn't keep his balance for more than a few yards. Excellent reaction to an LB shooting through the center of the line by cutting to the left of him and running out of the tackle, but as he was doing so two other defenders shot through the line and brought him down at the LOS for no gain with 12:32 in the 3rd QTR on a 2nd and 5. The one defender shooting the gap and one of the two cleaning up didn't have a blocker on them from the moment the ball was snapped.

Blocking: He missed his first assignment on the backside of a pass play out of the shotgun in the red zone, misdiagnosing the angle of the block but it didn't hinder the outcome of the play. He whiffed on a second attempt to block with 6:10 in the half on a 3rd and 3 shotgun pass. He overran the angle he anticipated the LB off the edge to take and had to cut back to the inside and make a diving cut block attempt and he missed. The LB got a hit on the QB as he rolled right and delivered the ball. The pass was completed for a first down, but Greene should have made the block. This may be his greatest weakness, because in this first half he was a total liability in pass protection. On the next play, Pitt ran a CB blitz with the slot CB and Green again couldn't keep the pressure away from the QB. He diagnosed the correct man and got a hit on the defender, but the DB got inside position and put his inside arm over Green's shoulder to fly past the RB, even with a hit to the chest, and sack the QB with 5:45 in the half. He did shield an LB in pursuit on a roll out pass to the right with 3:53 in the half. Greene attempted a block down field on an LB with :45 in the half as his QB ran a keeper, but Greene just hit the LB without trying to get his hands into the defender's body and control him. The LB was able to slide off the hit and tackle the QB. Not an aggressive down field blocker.

Receiving: He lined up in the slot on 2nd and 7 with 4:20 and ran a slant against a DB playing inside position, actually getting open on the play because the LB over ran his adjustment to the outside but the ball was thrown on a WR running a hitch at the opposite hash. He ran a short out on 2nd and 4 with 1:29 in the half, but the ball was batted down. He ran a short release to the flat on 3rd and 17 with 3:12 in the 3rd QTR and caught the ball with his hands as he turned back to face the QB. He then turned back up field with a LB around his waist for a gain of 3 yards. Backed up at their own one with 2:13 in the game, he ran a short out and caught the ball with his hands in coverage so tight, you would have though the LB was a windbreaker slipping itself onto him. He rounds off routes, but his hands are good and he has potential to become a very good receiver.

Durability: He reported to summer practice at 250 lbs and had to work to get into shape.

Character: Went to junior college last year to get his academic situation straightened out. He got a job working at a furniture store and at the JC he also had to pay his own bills since he wasn't a scholarship student.



Cedric Peerman vs. Virginia Tech 11/29/08

Strengths: Peerman will make an NFL team because he sees the field very well and plays with a speed that is productive for the pro game. He does the little things that good pro players do. If has excellent recognition of what he sees happening on the field and he adjusts to the situation quickly.It could be a busted play that makes him improvise by having to run over one of his players, running ahead to make a block, diving for the marker with great awareness of where he is in relation to the sideline, or missing an opportunity to make the right play but making up for it at the last moment to keep the play from failing, Peerman has that high football IQ you see from a player like Hines Ward. I don't know if it's as high as Ward's, but it's evident he has it. He's a runner with a good mix of agility, quickness, and understanding of how to use his body to gain yardage after contact. He rarely looses yardage and always seems to fall forward after contact for at least a couple of yards, even on a hit in the backfield. His vision is really good and he runs with excellent leverage.

Weaknesses: Peerman dropped two big passes in this game. One was a bad throw and a difficult catch. The other was a good throw and an easy catch. Other than these lapses in concentration I don't really have anything else I can say about his performance. It doesn't appear that he has great speed or a great burst. He has the type of speed that can get him 15-20 yard runs each week, but he often makes gains because he can get yards after contact. Nor will he make a lot of people miss in the open field. Peerman is a quintessential, move the chains runner and receiver capable of big plays that save drives and win games due to him winning the little battles. But he doesn't appear to be a gamebreaker. Still, there are several quality NFL starters that have qualified under this category.

Power: Good job ending his first run of the game by lowering his shoulder into the CB in run support. He literally moved his shoulder and arm into the the hit as if he were trying to throw a punch with that part of his body about three yards past the line of scrimmage and upon contact he spun through the hit and carried two DBs nearly another three yards on the play for a gain of nearly six with 14:47 in the 1st QTR. His next run was a 1st and 10 from the 50 with 13:45 in the 1st QTR. It was the same formation as the first run but he took the ball with the line slanting right and headed towards the right before dipping through a crease up the middle, making contact with the DT behind the RG and continued to drive his legs in the pile until he gained five yards on the play.On a 3rd and 10 with 5:03 in the half UVA lined up in the shotgun with Peerman flanked to the QB's left and two WRs split to the left and one to the right. At the snap, the LG pulled right as the QB ran towards left end with Peerman trailing. When the QB got the the edge of the line he saw the DE waiting at the edge of the defense and he actually had a better angle on Peerman to the inside than the QB to the outside, but the QB didn't judge this accurately and pitched the ball towards Peerman like a shuttle pass. Peerman catches the ball about two steps from the DE,plants his inside foot and lowers his shoulders into the DE while he dips to the outside. His inside shoulder hits the DE and the DE slides off him like pie thrown on a wall and he gets to the outside for a first down. Interestingly enough, as he made this play the commentators on the telecast said that VaTech DC Bud Foster said Peerman "has the best stiff arm in the business," although this wasn't a stiff arm, but this was even more impressive. Two plays later, on 2nd and 5 with 4:04 left in the half the offense runs a sweep to the left. He follows his two pulling linemen around left end and runs between them as they peel off to seal the edge. As he gets to the LOS the safety gets a shot at him on the corner, but Peerman uses his right arm to shove him to the ground and burst past the other defender at the edge to the first down marker and gains another five yards before lowering his shoulder into LB for a 12-yard gain. On 2nd and 4 from the UVA 11 yardline with 3:58 in the 3rd QTR, Peerman takes a handoff from the "Wild Cav" with the line zone blocking he notices the DT occupying the C's block has outside position, so Peerman cuts between the LG and gets the first down before four VaTech defenders in pursuit can close on him. Once he crosses the first down marker, the safety hits him from the right, the DE is diving from the left to wrap him, and the LOLB is at an angle to hit Peerman a yard later. Peerman lowers his shoulders and protects the ball with both hands as he runs through the safety and DE's hits and then carries the LOLB with him (trying to bring him down by the waist and legs) for another 10 yards for a gain of 15.

Ball Handling: He carried the ball under his right arm as he headed around the right edge of the defense on his first run of the game. The LB who missed him around the corner did get a swipe at the ball, but Peerman had his arm tight enough around the ball to hang onto it with no problem. Excellent job carrying the ball under his left arm on a sweep to left and and even using his right arm to stiff arm an NFL prospect at safety to the ground on his way to a 12-yard gain with 4:04 in the half. He does a fine job of covering the ball with both hands in traffic when he's surrounded by defenders or gang tackled.

Balance: Good balance to spin through a hit and keep running and extending his body for three extra yards with two defensive backs trying to bring him down. Although it was somewhat of a busted play due to the DT getting into the backfield on a 2nd and 7 with 4:45 in the 1st QTR, his ability to bounced off his RT when they collided out of his cut and still gain positive yardage is a good sign of his balance. Good balance to run out of a safety's tackle near the sideline and dive for the first down marker before falling out of bounds but the official's said his foot fell out of bounds but the replay shows he had the balance to keep it in and get the ball inches from the marker while flying through the air.

Speed: Nice burst around right end after pressing the hole on the first play of the game. He was able to outrun and LB shooting the gap in the middle of the field to take that corner. His burst is okay, but I'm not sure it's NFL starter quality. On 3rd and 5 with 4:06 in the 1st QTR, he took a hand off from the same formation as the rest of his first QTR run plays that featured UVA's variation of the Wildcat and run through a big hole created by the line slanting to the right. He had nice-sized gap, but the CB run-blitzing from the backside was able to make a diving grab for Peerman's legs as he entered the lane and with the help of DE coming off his block to help, tackled Peerman for a 4-yard gain through hole that looked like with better burst he would have had a lot more. You can tell by the way he runs and moves around the field that he plays very fast, which is a good sign for a prospect. He's fluid, notices a lot of things he can do on one play, and generally does them, but he may lack that special explosion off the line.

Vision: Peerman's first run came with another runner as the QB in the shotgun in UVA's version of the Wildcat. The line slanted to the right and he took the run towards the middle to press the hole before cutting it back to the right end for a five-yard gain. On 2nd and 7 with 4:46 in the 1st QTR, Peerman took the hand off out of the I-formation and the line was slanting right. His intent was to press the hole off RG to the right and the cutback into it as he reached the LOS. But the DT got great penetration on the C and got three yards into the backfield so Peerman had to run around those two players on the ground and by the time he did the RT was pushed into the backfield and Peerman's cut back up field caused him to run into the RT with his outside shoulder, knocking the LT back and allowing the DE to come off the block and wrap up Peerman at the LOS. Peerman leaned across the LOS with the DE on him to gain two yards. UVA ran the same "Wild Cav" formation they had most of the first half with 8:27 left with the line slanting left and Peerman intending to start to his right and bend it to the left to push the hole, but the defense knew it was coming and they got enough penetration from the right side to tackle Peerman before he could cut back and tackled him at the LOS but he was able to lean forward for two yards. On the run around right end off the option shuttle by his QB where he ran through the DE with 5:00 in the half, he demonstrated great awareness of the first down marker and dove for it before the CB's hit would knock him out of bounds. Great patience and vision on a 3rd and 9 run to wait on his pulling guard to engage and then make a sharp cut upfield after just cutting around the man occupied by the guard so he could exploit his WR's block. He nearly got the first down on his play with 11:27 in the 3rd QTR. Peerman is very quick at recognizing what is happening around the LOS. On 1st and 10 with 2:15 in the 3rd QTR he took a hand off from a two TE set with the line slanting left but as he veered left to press the hole to the right, he saw the edge defender coming free and he had to cutback quicker than he anticipated but as he did the backside defender was also hot on his heels. Although he only gained a yard, he made two quick adjustments to prevent a loss. On 2nd and 19 from the UVA 11 yard line, he took a hand off on a sweep with two pulling linemen moving to the left side. As he got the ball the DT blew past the G and got 4 yards into the backfield as Peerman took one step with the ball. Peerman quickly assessed that he would be brought down from behind by the DT if he followed his blockers so he cut up field and used his free hand to deliver an open handed punch to the chest of the DT just as he ran past him. he then made another dip to the right and burst through the backside lane before he was hit in the back of the ankle by the DE four yards past the LOS. Peerman kept his balance and was brought down by the safety for a 7-yard gain on what should have been a 4-yard loss due to his G getting beaten badly by a DE. Excellent adjustment.

Elusiveness: He runs with a wiggle. You see his shoulders shake a bit as he makes cuts and dips. He made a very good cut to get round right end to begin the game with a five-yard gain. Peerman got the ball on 3rd and 9 with 11:31 in the 3rd QTR out of the "Wild Cav" with the RG pulling to the left. He waited patiently for his RG to get his block by taking smaller steps and then made a nice move to bounce to his left so he could run around left end. But once he got around the defender occupied by the LG he cut sharply down field to accelerate through the lane his WR created with a block on the CB three yards past the LOS at the left sideline. Peerman was able to burst past two of the three pursuing defenders and then ran through the (pro prospect) safety's tackle by the time he was four yards down field.'

Blocking: Peerman is a gamer. On 2nd and 10 with 9:42 in the half he was the HB out of the I-formation and after acting out a play fake he chipped the DT before drifting to the flat as a receiver. The QB threw the ball to his FB and Peerman ran ahead of the FB once the catch was made and initiated a hard collision with the CB at the right hash so the FB could gain the first down. His hit and subsequent ability to move the CB backwards and away from the FB was instrumental to him getting the necessary yardage. On the next play he lined up in the shotgun where two backs flanked the QB with Peerman running into the line as the lead blocker. He ran through a gap off RT and overran the LB playing that edge. Instead of just standing there and watching the ball carrier run into the hole and get tackled by the player he missed and then try to make a hit one someone too little too late, Peerman actually peeled back as the runner was entering the hold and put a good hit on the LB to open a lane for a 3-yard gain. On a 3rd down, 38-yard reception with 2:27 in the 3rd QTR, Peerman made an excellent block on the DT spinning off the RG and coming up the middle. Peerman put a strong hit on the DT and slowed his progress so the QB could step into the throw. On the last meaningful play of the game a 4th and 9 with :57 left he came across the formation to block the the corner blitz coming off the QB's blindside, but the LB also looped up the middle. They timed their blitz at the same time and the QB was actually closest to the CB blitz that Peerman went to block. But in theory Peerman is supposed to block from the inside out. It was the LB that brought down the QB for the game-sealing sack, but if you watch the play you see that if Peerman blocks the LB the CB blindsides the QB. I think Peerman made the right choice, but it was a great defensive play call more than a potentially bad choice for the RB.

Receiving: Peerman's first target was a 3rd and 15 release to the flat from the middle of the o-line. The LOLB got his arm around Peerman at the LOS, but the RB cut outside of him and used a swim technique to get separation. The ball arrived over his inside shoulder and he had to make a leaping attempt for the ball thrown high and away. He got one hand on the ball but could not bring it down as he was briefly able to pluck it down but not control it as the safety came into hit him. The best part of the play was his ability to get a release from the line. He caught a 3rd and 14 shuttle pass but the defense read it and he was brought down for a 1-yard gain with 12:30 in the game. Peerman dropped his second pass in the 4th QTR with 1:26 left. He released to the left flat, turned his head back to the QB, and caught the ball with his hands at helmet level but he turned his head up field too soon and lost the ball as he was putting it away.

 
I agree with you on Peerman. In some ways, he reminds me of Tashard Choice - no outstanding tools, but a high character team player who can handle all the responsibilities of the RB position and should be a very good backup NFL RB who occasionally makes a fantasy impact when the starter ahead of him goes down.

 
Yeah, Peerman's an intriguing player and I agree he could have that Tashard Choice type of impact...quality depth chart back who will produce when called upon but may never get to be the man because teams will always be looking for the bigger or faster guy.

 
TIVO - DVR

I probably have a library of 500-800 games (I haven't counted) that I've been recording since 2005. Soon I will have to catalog what I have and organize it into 3-4 year increments so I can remain efficient.

I like to watch complete games. If I could get coaches tape it would be even better, but that is pretty much reserved for college/pro organizations and specific media outlets.

With networks' desire to show between 1/2-2/3 of the plays in a game from various angles, its not much of an impediment overall.

I spend typically 4-8 hours watching a game. If there's one player involved in the game, it's less because I'm watching him on every play I get to see him run, block, throw, catch, run a route, etc. If it's a game like say, Oklahoma vs. Texas, it might take me at least 6-8 hours because I'm stopping to rewind and watch the play again in real time and sometimes slow motion to accurately detail what I write and grade.

It's a grind sometimes, but it's actually addictive. I'm spent about 18 hours a day during the winter break doing this and while I'm working (between writing about FF and my day gig) I spend 30-40 hours each week between November and late March watching film. I'll take days off here and there from the day gig to spend all day doing it as well.

For instance today, I've promised myself I will not watch another college game tonight so I can get enough rest for tomorrow, but I had to say out loud to the fiancee so I could hold myself to it. Last night I was going to settle in at an early 1am and found myself working until 5am...

 
Thanks Bri - gotta say I like your site design...and good points on your blog about 2nd year players in the NFL.

Thanks to everyone who responded with solutions to my need for game tape for specific players. I think I'm set.

I'll continue posting samples here and there on FBGs before the draft.

 
Matt -

A) You're ridiculous. I mean that in a good way.

B) Am very much looking forward to the Rookie Scouting profile this year - last years was an absolute revelation for me. Can't wait to talk to you more!

And try to get some sleep, man.

 
Trust me, I feel ridiculous (and I don't mean that in a good way, but thank you). I should be ready in late-Feb/early March to really have some substantive stuff to discuss...

 

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