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Bucky Brooks


Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks played for five different teams (Buffalo, Jacksonville, Green Bay, Kansas City and Oakland) in five NFL seasons. After his playing career was over in 1999, Brooks joined the Seattle Seahawks' pro personnel department as a regional college scout. He served in the same capacity for the Carolina Panthers from 2003 to 2007, before joining CNNSI.com as a football analyst. He joined NFL Media in 2009.


October

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: -- The best secondary in the NFL this season doesn't reside in Seattle or Denver. -- A v... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: -- Buffalo looks ready to snap playoff drought (seriously) behind inspired defensive play.... more

The Chicago Bears officially handed the keys to the offense to Mitchell Trubisky on Monday, when coach John Fox named the rookie as the team's starting quarterback . The No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft replaces veteran Mike Glennon, who went... more

September

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: -- Christian McCaffrey, Tarik Cohen and Alvin Kamara should follow in the footsteps of one... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: -- Why the Giants' offensive line isn't as bad as you think. -- The key to Carolina's... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Sean McVay's instant impact on 2016 No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. » Four crucial... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Baltimore can overcome Joe Flacco's balky back -- IF Marty Mornhinweg cooperates. »... more

August

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition: what Joe Haden's signing says about Pittsburgh's defensive game plan AND why Matthew Stafford's megab... more

Week 1: AFC NFC Week 2: AFC NFC Week 3: AFC NFC Final scores might not matter in the preseason, but individual performances sure do. Careers can be made, opportunities can be seized and depth charts can be decided in the exhibiti... more

Week 1: AFC NFC Week 2: AFC NFC Week 3: AFC NFC Final scores might not matter in the preseason, but individual performances sure do. Careers can be made, opportunities can be seized and depth charts can be decided in the exhibiti... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition: potential impact rookies flying under the radar and the long-term plan in Buffalo . The preseason... more

DB Pass rushers RB QB Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former scout Bucky Brooks will unveil his top five players at marquee positions this month to preview the 2017 college football season, concluding today with defensive backs. Cli... more

Week 1: AFC NFC Week 2: AFC NFC Week 3: AFC NFC Final scores might not matter in the preseason, but individual performances sure do. Careers can be made, opportunities can be seized and depth charts can be decided in the exhibiti... more

Week 1: AFC NFC Week 2: AFC NFC Week 3: AFC NFC Final scores might not matter in the preseason, but individual performances sure do. Careers can be made, opportunities can be seized and depth charts can be decided in the exhibiti... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Is Jay Cutler set to have a career season in Miami? » Why have joint practices becom... more

DB Pass rushers RB QB Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former scout Bucky Brooks will unveil his top five players at marquee positions this month to preview the 2017 college football season, continuing today with pass rushers. Click... more

Week 1: AFC NFC Week 2: AFC NFC Week 3: AFC NFC Final scores might not matter in the preseason, but individual performances sure do. Careers can be made, opportunities can be seized and depth charts can be decided in the exhibiti... more

Week 1: AFC NFC Week 2: AFC NFC Week 3: AFC NFC Final scores might not matter in the preseason, but individual performances sure do. Careers can be made, opportunities can be seized and depth charts can be decided in the exhibiti... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Is Marshawn Lynch the sledgehammer who'll allow Oakland to break through? » Who migh... more

RB QB Pass rushers DB Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former scout Bucky Brooks will unveil his top five players at marquee positions this month to preview the 2017 college football season, continuing today with running backs. Click... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Three rookie running backs to watch during the preseason. » Why Kam Chancellor is so... more

QB RB Pass rushers DB Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former scout Bucky Brooks will unveil his top five players at marquee positions this month to preview the 2017 college football season, beginning today with quarterbacks. Click... more

July

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Joe Flacco's back injury could be far more alarming than you think. » Why Jarvis Lan... more

Watching the Dallas Cowboys return to prominence on the strength of their 2016 rookie class convinced coaches and scouts that a solid collection of first-year players can turn a team into a title contender in the blink of an eye. That's exactly wha... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » How will Atlanta's offense look with Steve Sarkisian replacing Kyle Shanahan? » The... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » The kind of money star backs like Le'Veon Bell and David Johnson realistically command.... more

DB QB RB WR Pass rushers With the thick of the offseason upon us, it's the perfect time for me to dig through my old notes to see if I can learn from my past scouting reports as I begin to evaluate the next wave of top talents in th... more

All standouts are not created equal. I routinely catch flak from football fans when I critique their favorite players in my analysis, but evaluators always go back to the tape to see if a guy's production is based more on his talent or the system t... more

QB RB WR Pass rushers DB With the thick of the offseason upon us, it's the perfect time for me to dig through my old notes to see if I can learn from my past scouting reports as I begin to evaluate the next wave of top talents in th... more

June

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Why Marcus Mariota and the Titans are poised for more fireworks in 2017. » A rundown... more

QB RB WR Pass rushers DB With the thick of the offseason upon us, it's the perfect time for me to dig through my old notes to see if I can learn from my past scouting reports as I begin to evaluate the next wave of top talents in th... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » How might Carr's deal affect Dak Prescott? » Why do the Browns want their defenders... more

QB RB WR Pass rushers DB With the thick of the offseason upon us, it's the perfect time for me to dig through my old notes to see if I can learn from my past scouting reports as I begin to evaluate the next wave of top talents in th... more

Whenever an NFL coach begins to prepare for a future opponent, he surveys the talent at every position group to see which areas might present the most problems. While you can't necessarily avoid those players for the entire game, they are talented en... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Should the Steelers lock up Le'Veon Bell for years to come? » Who boasts the NFL's b... more

QB RB WR Pass rushers DB If you ask any NFL coach or scout which position is the toughest to evaluate, most would cite quarterback. It's widely considered the most challenging position when it comes to projecting long-term potential... more

Offensive rookie projections Defensive rookie projections As we head toward the 2017 season, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks examines what could be in store for 11 notable rookies on the defensive side of the ball. Myles Garrett,... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Why did the Chiefs release Jeremy Maclin? To clear the way for Tyreek Hill. » Odell... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks shares some of his college scouting notes, including: » Brooks' report on UCLA's Josh Rosen after recently seeing the star QB work out up close. But first, Brooks' take on how th... more

Offensive rookie projections Defensive rookie projections As we head toward the 2017 season, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks examines what could be in store for 11 notable rookies on the offensive side of the ball. Mitchell Trubi... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Morris Claiborne thinks he's one of the NFL's top corners -- is the Jets new CB1 crazy?... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks shares some of his college scouting notes, including: » A look at one of the most intriguing QBs who'll be available in next year's draft. » The early buzz about the next wave of... more

May

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Why it's way too soon to label Jared Goff a bust. » Is Rob Gronkowski's restructured... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks shares some of his college scouting notes, including his take on arguably the top rusher in CFB. But first, Brooks' evaluation of the reigning Heisman winner's pro potential: Is... more

The offseason calendar has finally reached the point where teams are able to conduct full practices. Coaches are able to see how their prized rookies fare within their schemes while also crafting additional plans to help them emerge as impact players... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Debating the benefits of having a smaller coaching staff, as Bill Belichick prefers.... more

Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks shares some of his college scouting notes, including: » A look at the trickle-down effect of big NFL WRs on CFB prospects. » The defensive player who could emerge as CFB's top... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Why Sam Bradford could be headed for a career year in Minnesota. » What's the deal w... more

After months of projecting prospects and wading through scouting reports, we're getting closer to seeing how the NFL's latest crop of rookies will actually perform on the field for their new teams. As rookie minicamps get underway across the l... more

After months of projecting prospects and wading through scouting reports, we're getting closer to seeing how the NFL's latest crop of rookies will actually perform on the field for their new teams. As rookie minicamps get underway across the league,... more

AFC East NFC East AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South Former NFL player/scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2017 NFL Draft, spotlig... more

AFC East NFC East AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South Former NFL player/scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2017 NFL Draft, spotlig... more

AFC East NFC East AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South Former NFL player/scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2017 NFL Draft, spotlig... more

AFC East NFC East AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South Former NFL player/scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2017 NFL Draft, spotlig... more

April

Brooks' rankings: 1.0 2.0 3.0 With a couple days to go before the 2017 NFL Draft, here's my final look at the top five prospects at each position. Quarterbacks 1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson 2. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame 3. Mitchell Trub... more

The 2017 NFL Draft has been lauded by executives, scouts and coaches for the quality of talent available at several marquee spots. While the class lacks a plug-and-play quarterback with immediate star power, teams could find difference makers at pass... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » How far can the Chiefs go with Alex Smith at quarterback? » Why isn't there more... more

AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC East NFC East With the 2017 NFL Draft around the corner, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are breaking down the biggest areas of need... more

AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC East NFC East With the 2017 NFL Draft around the corner, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are breaking down the biggest areas of need... more

AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC East NFC East With the 2017 NFL Draft around the corner, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are breaking down the biggest areas of need... more

AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North AFC South NFC South AFC East NFC East With the 2017 NFL Draft around the corner, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks and Around The NFL's Conor Orr are breaking down the biggest areas of need... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. It seems like only yesterday when Darrelle Revis was considered the NFL's premier cover corner. The seven-time Pro Bowler certa... more

More mock drafts: Jeremiah 4.0 Brooks 4.0 Zierlein 3.0 Casserly 3.0 Reuter 4.0 » How to watch NFL Network coverage of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia The Browns have to take the best player available. The 49ers snag a Ronni... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » How Marshawn Lynch would fit in with the Raiders. » Tom Savage's viability as the Te... more

Watson McCaffrey Trubisky Peppers Davis Kizer Howard Hooker Garrett Fournette Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks reveals "the book on" some of the 2017 NFL Draft's most highly coveted... more

March

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » The scouting community's polarized position on QB prospect Patrick Mahomes. » What t... more

Watson McCaffrey Trubisky Peppers Davis Kizer Howard Hooker Garrett Fournette Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks reveals "the book on" some of the 2017 NFL Draft's most highly coveted... more

Brooks' rankings: 1.0 2.0 3.0 With about a month to go before the 2017 NFL Draft, here's a look at the top five prospects at each position. Quarterbacks 1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson 2. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame 3. Mitchell Trubisky, N... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Why hasn't a team picked up Colin Kaepernick? » Best situational fits for Joe Mixon.... more

Watson McCaffrey Trubisky Peppers Davis Kizer Howard Hooker Garrett Fournette Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks reveals "the book on" some of the 2017 NFL Draft's most highly coveted... more

Brooks Reuter Jeremiah » How to watch NFL Network coverage of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia Note: Click through the tabs above to see other mock drafts. The Browns can't go wrong taking the best player in the draft with the fi... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Who's the cream of this QB draft crop? NFL scouts weigh in! » Why Adrian Peterson ne... more

Watson McCaffrey Trubisky Peppers Davis Kizer Howard Hooker Garrett Fournette Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks reveals "the book on" some of the 2017 NFL Draft's most highly coveted... more

Team builders frequently discuss how the draft and free-agent markets are gauged at the beginning of the year to help an organization plot its course. Evaluators determine where the high- and low-water marks are in each market and plan accordingly to... more

Day 1: OL, RB Day 2: QB, WR, TE Day 3: DE, LB Day 4: DB Most notable winners/losers Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. A... more

Day 1: OL, RB Day 2: QB, WR, TE Day 3: DE, LB Day 4: DB Most notable winners/losers Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. O... more

Day 1: OL, RB Day 2: QB, WR, TE Day 3: DE, LB Day 4: DB Most notable winners/losers Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. O... more

Day 1: OL, RB Day 2: QB, WR, TE Day 3: DE, LB Day 4: DB Most notable winners/losers Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. O... more

Day 1: OL, RB Day 2: QB, WR, TE Day 3: DE, LB Day 4: DB Most notable winners/losers Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. O... more

Watson McCaffrey Trubisky Peppers Davis Kizer Howard Hooker Garrett Fournette Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks reveals "the book on" some of the 2017 NFL Draft's most polarizing prospec... more

Top prospects: QB Running back O-line Receiver Pass rusher Defensive back With the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: defensive back. 1) Jamal Adams, S... more

February

Top prospects: QB Running back O-line Receiver Pass rusher Defensive back With the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: pass rusher. 1) Myles Garrett, DE... more

Top prospects: QB Running back O-line Receiver Pass rusher Defensive back With the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: wide receiver. 1) Mike Williams,... more

Top prospects: QB Running back O-line Receiver Pass rusher Defensive back With the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: offensive linemen. 1) Ryan Ramczy... more

Top prospects: QB Running back O-line Receiver Pass rusher Defensive back With the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: quarterbacks. 1) DeShone Kizer, N... more

Watson McCaffrey Trubisky Peppers Davis Kizer Howard Hooker Garrett Fournette Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks reveals "the book on" some of the 2017 NFL Draft's most polarizing prospec... more

Top prospects: QB Running back O-line Receiver Pass rusher Defensive back With the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: running backs. 1) Leonard Fournet... more

Watson McCaffrey Trubisky Peppers Davis Kizer Howard Hooker Garrett Fournette Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks reveals "the book on" some of the 2017 NFL Draft's most polarizing prospec... more

The 2016 NFL season just ended -- but the 2017 NFL season is coming. As the NFL Scouting Combine nears, NFL.com looks forward by looking backward, grading the 2016 rookie class for each team and identifying what the front office should focus on this... more

Watson McCaffrey Trubisky Peppers Davis Kizer Howard Hooker Garrett Fournette Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks reveals "the book on" some of the 2017 NFL Draft's most polarizing prospec... more

The 2016 NFL season just ended -- but the 2017 NFL season is coming. As the NFL Scouting Combine nears, NFL.com looks forward by looking backward, grading the 2016 rookie class for each team and identifying what the front office should focus on this... more

Watson McCaffrey Trubisky Peppers Davis Kizer Howard Hooker Garrett Fournette Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks reveals "the book on" some of the 2017 NFL Draft's most polarizing prospec... more

The 2016 NFL season just ended -- but the 2017 NFL season is coming. As the NFL Scouting Combine nears, NFL.com looks forward by looking backward, grading the 2016 rookie class for each team and identifying what the front office should focus on this... more

The 2016 NFL season just ended -- but the 2017 NFL season is coming. As the NFL Scouting Combine nears, NFL.com looks forward by looking backward, grading the 2016 rookie class for each team and identifying what the front office should focus on this... more

Watson McCaffrey Trubisky Peppers Davis Kizer Howard Hooker Garrett Fournette Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks reveals "the book on" some of the 2017 NFL Draft's most polarizing prospec... more

Super Bowl LI will go down as one of the best title games in NFL history. The New England Patriots overcame a 25-point third-quarter deficit to knock off the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in the first-ever overtime Super Bowl. Some have called it the ultima... more

Every NFL team heads into the offseason with a plan to secure at least one or two game changers on draft day. While most observers expect the difference makers to come off the board in the first round, we've seen mid- and late-round selections burst... more

January

Five keys for Atlanta Five keys for New England Super Bowl LI could be one of the best title games in league history, with the NFL's top-ranked scoring offense (the Atlanta Falcons) taking on the No. 1 scoring defense (New England Patriots).... more

MOBILE, Ala. -- There are certain pre-draft events that can re-order a team's draft board. At the very least, they can re-shape or confirm thoughts on certain players. The Senior Bowl is one of those events. While it didn't alter a lot of what I saw... more

Five keys for Atlanta Five keys for New England Super Bowl LI could be one of the best title games in league history, with the NFL's top-ranked scoring offense (the Atlanta Falcons) taking on the No. 1 scoring defense (New England Patriots).... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » What makes Aaron Rodgers such an improvisational mastermind? » The big questi... more

Brooks' rankings: 1.0 2.0 3.0 With the 2017 NFL Draft season now under way, here's a look at the top five prospects at each position. Quarterbacks 1. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame 2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson 3. Mitch Trubisky, North Caro... more

Monday marks the deadline for underclassmen to apply for early eligibility into the 2017 NFL Draft, and 95 players have made their intentions to enter the draft known . A list of players who have been granted early entry will be released to NFL teams... more

For an NFL player, there's nothing like playing in the playoffs. The excitement and pressure associated with competing for a championship will encourage guys to spend extra time in the film room preparing for opponents. While coaches focus on the big... more

Clemson's Deshaun Watson capped off an illustrious college career with a spectacular performance on Monday night in the national championship game, cementing his status as one of the nation's top quarterback prospects. While there will be plenty of... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » The biggest problem with the 2016 Seahawks. » What NFL teams should look for... more

Rookies aren't expected to play big roles on most playoff teams, but we've seen a number of first-year players emerge as key contributors on Super Bowl contenders this season. With the postseason set to begin this weekend, I thought it was a great ti... more

2016 rookie class rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-32 Now that the regular season has concluded, it's time to take a look at which rookie classes provided their teams with the biggest impact in 2016. Here are my team rankings based on the performa... more

2016 rookie class rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-32 Now that the regular season has concluded, it's time to take a look at which rookie classes provided their teams with the biggest impact in 2016. Here are my team rankings based on the performa... more

2016 rookie class rankings: 1-10 11-20 21-32 Now that the regular season has concluded, it's time to take a look at which rookie classes provided their teams with the biggest impact in 2016. Here are my team rankings based on the performa... more

Now that the regular season has concluded, it's time to take a look at which rookie classes provided their teams with the biggest impact in 2016. Here are my team rankings based on the performances of their rookies this season. 1. Dallas Cowboys »... more

December

EL PASO, Texas -- The stage was set for North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky to continue his meteoric rise with a spectacular performance against Stanford in the Sun Bowl on Friday, but the junior's disappointing showing in the 25-23 loss will leave... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » League folks weigh in on the "rest vs. rust" debate facing the Cowboys and others... more

Each week from now through the end of the 2016 season, Bucky Brooks will be checking in on the Coach of the Year race with a snapshot of his top five candidates. Here's how the leaders shape up after Week 16. NOTE: The up/down arrows illustrate... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Is Tom Savage playoff-bound? » Would you rather rebuild the Jaguars or Rams?... more

With the 2016 rookie class' first NFL regular season in the books, it's not too early to take a look at how the 2016 draft would play out if GMs had the benefit of the perspective gained from this season in a redo. Here's how I see things shaking out... more

Each week from now through the end of the 2016 season, Bucky Brooks will be checking in on the Coach of the Year race with a snapshot of his top five candidates. Here's how the leaders shape up after Week 15. NOTE: The up/down arrows illustrate... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Two teams nobody would want to face in the playoffs. » Why Janoris Jenkins mu... more

Each week from now through the end of the 2016 season, Bucky Brooks will be checking in on the Coach of the Year race with a snapshot of his top five candidates. Here's how the leaders shape up after Week 14. After watching the Chiefs reel off 20... more

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday , and he's the youngest player ever to win the award. There's already been plenty of forecasting about what kind of pro he'll be, even though he won't be eligible for the NFL dra... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Why the Cowboys' defense is NOT the fly in Dallas' ointment. » How the Seahaw... more

Grades: Allen Ross Watson M. Williams T. Williams Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects throughout the 2016 season. Click the tabs above... more

Grades: Allen Ross Watson M. Williams T. Williams Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects throughout the 2016 season. Click the tabs above... more

Grades: Allen Ross Watson M. Williams T. Williams Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects throughout the 2016 season. Click the tabs above... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Where does Mike Evans stand among the game's best receivers? » A kicker for M... more

November

Grades: A. Jackson L. Jackson Kizer Peppers Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs ab... more

Grades: A. Jackson L. Jackson Kizer Peppers Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs ab... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » A pass-rushing duo that could spark a surprise Super Bowl run. » Earl Thomas... more

Grades: Fournette Jackson Kizer Peppers Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above... more

Grades: Fournette Jackson Kizer Peppers Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above... more

Grades: Fournette Jackson Kizer Peppers Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » What is Tony Romo's future in the NFL? » The recent surge in two-point... more

Grades: Cook Fournette Jackson Trubisky Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above... more

Grades: Cook Fournette Jackson Trubisky Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » A surprising sentiment about corners and safeties. » What Delanie Walker... more

Grades: Allen Fournette Jackson Peppers Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above... more

Grades: Allen Fournette Jackson Peppers Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above... more

Grades: Allen Fournette Jackson Peppers Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Is Cam Newton justified in his comments regarding personal safety? » Examini... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » The biggest problem with the 2016 Seahawks. » What NFL teams should look for... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. ASK THE LEAGUE: What should NFL teams seek in a head coach? With six head-coaching jobs open , I thought I would reach o... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » The biggest problem with the 2016 Seahawks. » What NFL teams should look for... more

Grades: Browning Cook Jackson Kizer Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above to s... more

Grades: Browning Cook Jackson Kizer Watson Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above to s... more

October

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Is Brock Osweiler already a bust in Houston? » Scouting Ty Montgomery's uniq... more

Grades: Jackson Fournette Allen Garrett Kelly Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above t... more

Grades: Jackson Fournette Allen Garrett Kelly Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above t... more

Grades: Jackson Fournette Allen Garrett Kelly Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above t... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Does Terrelle Pryor have what it takes to become a true No. 1 wideout? » Eri... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Does Terrelle Pryor have what it takes to become a true No. 1 wideout? » Eri... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Does Terrelle Pryor have what it takes to become a true No. 1 wideout? » Eri... more

Grades: Jackson Kizer Barrett Allen Barnett Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above to... more

Grades: Jackson Kizer Barrett Allen Barnett Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above to... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Is there any way to stop the Pats' two-headed TE monster? » How a coaching c... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Better receiver from the Class of 2011: A.J. Green or Julio Jones? » An... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » League folks weigh in on the "rest vs. rust" debate facing the Cowboys and others... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » League folks weigh in on the "rest vs. rust" debate facing the Cowboys and others... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » A pass-rushing duo that could spark a surprise Super Bowl run. » Earl Thomas... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » A pass-rushing duo that could spark a surprise Super Bowl run. » Earl Thomas... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Is Brock Osweiler already a bust in Houston? » Scouting Ty Montgomery's uniq... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » What is Tony Romo's future in the NFL? » The recent surge in two-point... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » What is Tony Romo's future in the NFL? » The recent surge in two-point... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Is there any way to stop the Pats' two-headed TE monster? » How a coaching c... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Is there any way to stop the Pats' two-headed TE monster? » How a coaching c... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » A surprising sentiment about corners and safeties. » What Delanie Walker... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Better receiver from the Class of 2011: A.J. Green or Julio Jones? » An... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Better receiver from the Class of 2011: A.J. Green or Julio Jones? » An... more

September

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Odell Beckham Jr.'s emotions: Distraction for the Giants or overblown storyline?... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Odell Beckham Jr.'s emotions: Distraction for the Giants or overblown storyline?... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Odell Beckham Jr.'s emotions: Distraction for the Giants or overblown storyline?... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » What's going on with Aaron Rodgers and the underwhelming Packers offense? »... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » What's going on with Aaron Rodgers and the underwhelming Packers offense? »... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » What's going on with Aaron Rodgers and the underwhelming Packers offense? »... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » What's going on with Aaron Rodgers and the underwhelming Packers offense? »... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » How should the Redskins use top-dollar CB Josh Norman? » Why teams should... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » How should the Redskins use top-dollar CB Josh Norman? » Why teams should... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » How should the Redskins use top-dollar CB Josh Norman? » Why teams should... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Did the Vikings get robbed in the Sam Bradford trade? » Who are the league's... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Did the Vikings get robbed in the Sam Bradford trade? » Who are the league's... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Did the Vikings get robbed in the Sam Bradford trade? » Who are the league's... more

August

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » What do scouts really think about Trevor Siemian as a potential starter? » W... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. NEXT-GEN STATS: Is Darius Slay an elite cornerback? Prior to receiving a lucrative contract extension from the Detroit... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. One of the easiest jobs in America??? I'll never hate on a player for expressing an honest opinion, but with that kin... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Chris Johnson says the RB position is coming back -- and I don't disagree. »... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide co... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » The cold, hard truth about the Cowboys' defense. » Would NFL execs rather bu... more

Bucky's Best: Field generals Workhorses Pass-catchers Pass rushers Ballhawks The college football season is a few weeks away, but that doesn't stop NFL scouts from surveying the landscape to see which players have the potential to e... more

Bucky's Best: Field generals Workhorses Pass-catchers Pass rushers Ballhawks The college football season is a few weeks away, but that doesn't stop NFL scouts from surveying the landscape to see which players have the potential to e... more

Bucky's Best: Field generals Workhorses Pass-catchers Pass rushers Ballhawks The college football season is a few weeks away, but that doesn't stop NFL scouts from surveying the landscape to see which players have the potential to e... more

Bucky's Best: Field generals Workhorses Pass-catchers Pass rushers Ballhawks The college football season is a few weeks away, but that doesn't stop NFL scouts from surveying the landscape to see which players have the potential to e... more

Bucky's Best: Field generals Workhorses Pass-catchers Pass rushers Ballhawks The college football season is a few weeks away, but that doesn't stop NFL scouts from surveying the landscape to see which players have the potential to e... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his weekly notebook. The topics of this edition include: » Is Keenan Allen a true No. 1 receiver? Let's go straight to the source! »... more

July

General managers, coaches and scouts will tell observers that it takes two to three years to judge a draft class, but that doesn't stop them from counting on their young players to make immediate contributions. In fact, coaches and scouts will meet o... more

NFL players typically make their biggest developmental gains between their first and second seasons. Thus, we can expect to see a handful of sophomore pros go from good to great in 2016. Given some time to survey the landscape and project the players... more

NFL players typically make their biggest developmental gains between their first and second seasons. Thus, we can expect to see a handful of young pros go from good to great in their second pro seasons in 2016. Given some time to survey the landscape... more

The July 15 deadline (4 p.m. ET) for players with franchise tags to sign multi-year contracts has intensified the game of chicken between a handful of marquee players and their respective teams. Naturally, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller has received the... more

In the wide world of football analysis, players constantly get judged on performance and reputation. Oftentimes, though, the players themselves are missing from the evaluation process. Thus, we created "The Rebuttal." In this series, former NFL playe... more

A short time ago, I caused a bit of a stir when I surveyed NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2016" list and categorized a handful of players as "system guys" -- and some others as stars -- based on their talent, potential and production. I solici... more

June

The pass-happy nature of the NFL has put the spotlight prominently on WR1s, but the best offenses feature playmakers at the WR2 and WR3 positions. Defensive coordinators will attempt to neutralize the opponent's top weapon and force the quarterback t... more

Is it the talent or the system? That's the question scouts and coaches routinely debate when evaluating top players across the NFL landscape. In a league full of world-class athletes, evaluators spend countless hours in the film room trying to... more

The thin line between winning and losing in the NFL typically comes down to coaching. Although each and every head coach in the league possesses a wealth of football knowledge and motivational techniques, only a handful of guys are truly elite at the... more

The thin line between winning and losing in the NFL typically comes down to coaching. Although each and every head coach in the league possesses a wealth of football knowledge and motivational techniques, only a handful of guys are truly elite at the... more

I've often wondered why a league that is governed by quarterback play has been slow to cater to the skills of young signal callers entering the NFL. Instead of ham-handedly plugging QBs into complex systems that require mastering excessive verbiage a... more

The lack of quality quarterbacks in the NFL entices every general manager and head coach to kick the tires on any signal caller who initially was regarded as a top talent coming out of school. When I worked as a scout for the Seattle Seahawks under M... more

Offense Defense Coaches and scouts attempt to downplay the expected potential of rookies during OTAs and minicamps, but even astute evaluators have high hopes for their team's top picks when the regular season rolls around. With mandatory... more

Offense Defense Coaches and scouts attempt to downplay the expected potential of rookies during OTAs and minicamps, but even astute evaluators have high hopes for their team's top picks when the regular season rolls around. With mandatory... more

May

Whenever an NFL coach builds a game plan, he pinpoints the strongest areas of the opposing team and attempts to avoid the most dangerous players on the field. After surveying every position group in the NFL, here are the 10 most-feared units in the N... more

Whenever an NFL coach builds a game plan, he pinpoints the strongest areas of the opposing team and attempts to avoid the most dangerous players on the field. After surveying every position group in the NFL, here are the 10 most-feared units in the N... more

Is Tyrann Mathieu the most valuable defender in the NFL? That's the question Arizona Cardinals officials must answer as they negotiate a long-term extension with the former third-round pick, who said recently he wants "to get paid as a top defen... more

The process of building a championship roster requires a team to excel in two key areas: player acquisition and player development. General managers and coaches must work together to target the right guys for the schemes utilized on each side of th... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are well-positioned to make a run at Super Bowl LI. And while many cite the Pittsburgh Steelers' electric offense as the likely driving force, I believe their emerging defense will be the catalyst of their success in 2016. I... more

The Tennessee Titans aren't expected to make a run at the AFC title this season, but general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Mularkey quickly are putting down the foundation for a championship squad in Nashville. NFL defenses are increasin... more

Best draft classes Worst draft classes Some draft classes come with more questions than others. Here is Bucky Brooks' take on the five teams that earned "C" grades for their efforts in the 2016 NFL Draft: NOTE: Draft classes are grouped b... more

Best draft classes Worst draft classes Who truly knocked it out of the park on draft day? Here is Bucky Brooks' take on the six teams that earned "A" grades for their efforts in the 2016 NFL Draft: NOTE: Draft classes are grouped by grade... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2016 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the NFC South. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see ot... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2016 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the AFC South. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see ot... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2016 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the AFC North. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see ot... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2016 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the NFC North. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see ot... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2016 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the NFC West. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see oth... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2016 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the AFC West. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see oth... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2016 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the AFC East. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see oth... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2016 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the NFC East. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see oth... more

April

The 2016 NFL Draft still has yet to play out, but scouts have already proclaimed this collection of prospects to be one of the most talented in years, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Evaluators have raved about the defensive tackle cl... more

The Rams opt for the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft to serve as the face of the franchise for the next decade. Despite the stable of quarterbacks already on the Eagles' roster, Doug Pederson targets the North Dakota State standout as the... more

The pre-draft process is an intel-gathering mission on prospective employees. And although certain prospects tend to attract groupthink in the scouting community, others generate the varied opinions that come from 32 different franchises with 32 uniq... more

With the 2016 NFL Draft on tap at the end of this month, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the AFC East. AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North... more

With the 2016 NFL Draft on tap at the end of this month, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the NFC East. AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North... more

With the 2016 NFL Draft on tap at the end of this month, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the NFC South. AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North... more

With the 2016 NFL Draft on tap at the end of this month, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the AFC South. AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North... more

With the 2016 NFL Draft on tap at the end of this month, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the AFC North. AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North... more

With the 2016 NFL Draft on tap at the end of this month, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the NFC North. AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North... more

With the 2016 NFL Draft on tap at the end of this month, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the NFC West. AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North... more

With the 2016 NFL Draft on tap at the end of this month, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the AFC West. AFC West NFC West AFC North NFC North... more

This is a tightly contested debate between Wentz and Jared Goff, but in this scenario I say Jeff Fisher sticks with the blueprint. If you remember, years ago he took Steve McNair out of Alcorn State. He was a small-school standout. He sat for a coupl... more

The pre-draft process is an intel-gathering mission on prospective employees. And although certain prospects tend to attract groupthink in the scouting community, others generate the varied opinions that come from 32 different franchises with 32 uniq... more

Keeping Marcus Mariota upright in the pocket is Mike Mularkey's top priority. Tunsil is a franchise left tackle with exceptional movement skills, balance and body control. The small-school standout is a prototypical dual-threat quarterback with the... more

The pre-draft process is an intel-gathering mission on prospective employees. And although certain prospects tend to attract groupthink in the scouting community, others generate the varied opinions that come from 32 different franchises with 32 uniq... more

March

Oooh! It seems LaDainian Tomlinson struck a nerve with some cornerbacks a few days ago when he suggested that there wasn't a single "shutdown" corner in the NFL today. But you know what? He's right. There isn't a cornerback in the game who occup... more

The NFL's shift toward an aerial game has made pass catchers the marquee players on nearly every team's offense. Wide receivers and tight ends are suddenly coveted at a premium, with more teams putting the onus on the quarterback to toss the ball all... more

The pre-draft process is an intel-gathering mission on prospective employees. And although certain prospects tend to attract groupthink in the scouting community, others generate the varied opinions that come from 32 different franchises with 32 uniq... more

The pre-draft process is an intel-gathering mission on prospective employees. And although certain prospects tend to attract groupthink in the scouting community, others generate the varied opinions that come from 32 different franchises with 32 uniq... more

After watching the Houston Texans fall short of championship expectations due to a scattershot offense that lacked sizzle and pizzazz, coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith have gone all-out to upgrade a troublesome unit this offseason. W... more

Jalen Ramsey - DB, Florida State: Finding a dynamic quarterback of the defense is a top priority with Dick LeBeau intent on building a dominant defense in Tennessee. Carson Wentz - QB, North Dakota State: The small-school standout is a prototypic... more

The pre-draft process is an intel-gathering mission on prospective employees. And although certain prospects tend to attract groupthink in the scouting community, others generate the varied opinions that come from 32 different franchises with 32 uniq... more

The process of building a championship team reminds me of playing a hard-fought game of dominoes in the park. A player must be able to react quickly to the moves executed on the table and make an effective counter to stay one step ahead of the oppo... more

The pre-draft process is an intel-gathering mission on prospective employees. And although certain prospects tend to attract groupthink in the scouting community, others generate the varied opinions that come from 32 different franchises with 32 uniq... more

The pre-draft process is an intel-gathering mission on prospective employees. And although certain prospects tend to attract groupthink in the scouting community, others generate the varied opinions that come from 32 different franchises with 32 uniq... more

The pre-draft process is an intel-gathering mission on prospective employees. And although certain prospects tend to attract groupthink in the scouting community, others generate the varied opinions that come from 32 different franchises with 32 uniq... more

Top 50 rankings: Jeremiah Brooks Davis Zierlein Last updated: April 26, 2016 Ramsey is a versatile defensive back with dynamic playmaking skills and instincts. Ramsey will make an immediate impact as a hybrid safety/corner/slot defe... more

Laremy Tunsil - OT, Ole Miss: With ownership demanding better protection of Marcus Mariota, the Titans could elect to expend their top pick on the best offensive tackle in the draft. Jared Goff - QB, Cal: Hue Jackson could elect to snag the most... more

In the wake of the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks spotlights 10 particular prospects who made big impressions, for better or worse, in Indianapolis: Winners Jared Goff, QB, Cal : The ultra-polished pocket pass... more

February

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. On Monday, the defensive backs took the field. Here are Brooks' impressions from Indianapolis: Day 1... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. On Sunday, the linebackers and defensive linemen took the field. Here are Brooks' impressions from... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. On Saturday, the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends took the field. Here are Brooks' impressio... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. On Friday, the offensive linemen and running backs took the field. Here are Brooks' impressions from... more

Quarterbacks Running backs Receivers O-linemen Pass rushers Defensive backs With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: defensive backs. 1) Jalen Ramsey... more

Quarterbacks Running backs Receivers O-linemen Pass rushers Defensive backs With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: pass rushers. 1) Joey Bosa, DE,... more

Quarterbacks Running backs Receivers O-linemen Pass rushers Defensive backs With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: wide receivers. 1) Corey Coleman... more

Quarterbacks Running backs Receivers O-linemen Pass rushers Defensive backs With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: offensive linemen. 1) Laremy Tun... more

Top 50 rankings: Jeremiah Brooks Davis Zierlein Ramsey is a versatile defensive back with dynamic playmaking skills and instincts. Ramsey will make an immediate impact as a hybrid safety/corner/slot defender from Day 1. Bosa is a... more

Quarterbacks Running backs Receivers O-linemen Pass rushers Defensive backs With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: quarterbacks. 1) Jared Goff, Cal... more

Laremy Tunsil - OT, Ole Miss: With ownership demanding better protection of Marcus Mariota, the Titans could elect to expend their top pick on the best offensive tackle in the draft. Jared Goff - QB, Cal: Pep Hamilton's experience developing youn... more

Quarterbacks Running backs Receivers O-linemen Pass rushers Defensive backs With 2016 NFL Scouting Combine upon us, Bucky Brooks is ranking the top prospects at key positions. Today's focus: running backs. 1) Ezekiel Elliott, O... more

When Bucky Brooks graded the 2015 rookie classes of all 32 NFL teams , 12 received "C" marks for a lack of production. Here's what he had to say about the groups that struggled: Cleveland Browns Round 1 (No. 12 overall) : Danny Shelton, nose tackl... more

Best rookie classes Worst rookie classes When Bucky Brooks graded the 2015 rookie classes of all 32 NFL teams , 12 received "C" marks for a lack of production. Here's what he had to say about the groups that struggled: Constant turnove... more

When Bucky Brooks graded the 2015 rookie classes of all 32 NFL teams , eight received "A" marks. Here's what he had to say about those exceptional groups that stood out from the rest: Buffalo Bills Round 2 (No. 50 overall) : Ronald Darby, cornerba... more

Best rookie classes Worst rookie classes When Bucky Brooks graded the 2015 rookie classes of all 32 NFL teams , eight received "A" marks. Here's what he had to say about those exceptional groups that stood out from the rest: Despite a... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NF... more

The 2015 NFL season is in the books -- and now it's time to turn toward the 2016 NFL Draft. Before the NFL Scouting Combine shines the spotlight on the next crop of incoming talent, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look back at each NFL... more

The Tennessee Titans own the top pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but the strong collection of talent in this year's class could entice a team to swing a deal to grab a franchise player at the top of the draft. Given some time to assess the prospects in t... more

In Super Bowl 50 , the Denver Broncos sent a resounding message to the football world that defense still wins championships in today's NFL. Given some time to evaluate the All-22 Coaches Film of the Broncos' masterful defensive performance, here are... more

Five keys to victory for Denver Five keys to victory for Carolina The Carolina Panthers roll into Super Bowl 50 as the hottest team in the NFL, yet they face a Denver Broncos squad that poses a tremendous challenge, with its stifling defense... more

January

With Reese's Senior Bowl practices now complete, here's an updated look at the top five prospects at each position. » Top 5 prospects by position 1.0 Quarterbacks 1. Jared Goff , California 2. Carson Wentz , North Dakota State 3. Conno... more

Five keys to victory for Denver Five keys to victory for Carolina Two years after getting blown off the field in Super Bowl XLVIII , the Denver Broncos are back on the biggest stage in football. How can Peyton Manning and Co. change their for... more

Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports North Dakota State's Carson Wentz is rated among the top QB prospects in this year's draft. The Reese's Senior Bowl has always been viewed as the crown jewel of the college all-star game season. NFL scouts and... more

With East-West Shrine Game practices under way, the Senior Bowl taking place next week and the NFL Scouting Combine a little more than a month away, the pre-draft process has swung into gear. With that in mind, I thought I would release my 2016... more

Print the shirts! The New England Patriots will head into Mile High and knock off the AFC's No. 1 seed behind an indefensible offense that is poised to shred the Denver Broncos' star-studded defense. Given some time to break down the All-22 Coaches... more

With the 2016 NFL Draft season now under way, here's a look at the top five prospects at each position. Quarterbacks 1. Jared Goff , California 2. Carson Wentz , North Dakota State 3. Connor Cook , Michigan State 4. Paxton Lynch , Memphis... more

Laremy Tunsil - OT, Ole Miss: After watching Marcus Mariota take a pounding in the pocket, the Titans could elect to invest heavily in the offensive line to make sure their franchise quarterback thrives going forward. Jared Goff - QB, Cal: Hue... more

The best game planners in the NFL can craft scripts that accentuate the strengths of the quarterback while minimizing the signal caller's deficiencies. Although the play designer must factor in the skills of his perimeter playmakers, his primary goal... more

NFL evaluators will wait for three years to determine whether their prized prospects have lived up to the expectations that accompanied their arrivals as top picks. With the 2015 regular season in the books -- and with the Chiefs, who had the top pic... more

The Green Bay Packers seemingly face long odds heading into Saturday's Divisional Round matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, considering the 38-8 beatdown delivered by Bruce Arians' squad when Aaron Rodgers and Co. visited in Week 16. And yes, th... more

Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports Deshaun Watson will return as one of CFB's top talents for the 2016 season. It's not whether you win or lose, but it's how you play the game. Youth coaches frequently utter that phrase to young players... more

The playoffs provide plenty of opportunities for first-year players to thrive on the biggest and brightest stage. Last year, we watched Malcolm Butler become a household name on the strength of a fantastic play in Super Bowl XLIX. With the postseaso... more

Football is the ultimate team sport, but success in the NFL is directly tied to the performance of the quarterback. Teams with legitimate playmakers at the position always have a chance to hoist the trophy at the end of the season, while teams withou... more

The 2015 NFL playoffs are upon us. Beginning this weekend, the top teams in the NFC and AFC will fight for the right to meet in Super Bowl 50. Before the action kicks off with Wild Card Weekend , I thought I'd examine the strengths and weaknesses of... more

The 2015 NFL playoffs are upon us. Beginning this weekend, the top teams in the NFC and AFC will fight for the right to meet in Super Bowl 50. Before the action kicks off with Wild Card Weekend , I thought I'd examine the strengths and weaknesses of... more

Ben Liebenberg / NFL Christian McCaffrey had more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in Stanford's Rose Bowl win. PASADENA, Calif. -- NFL scouts are always instructed to pay close attention to young players that jump off the screen when... more

December

ATLANTA -- Whenever I hear multiple scouts refer to a top prospect as a "baller", I make it a point to check him out in a big game to see if the performance matches the hype. After hearing the buzz on Florida State CB Jalen Ramsey, I couldn't wait to... more

The Minnesota Vikings aren't necessarily considered legitimate Super Bowl contenders this season, but a deep dive into the All-22 Coaches Film reveals a budding heavyweight adhering to the kind of blue-collar formula that helped the San Francisco 49... more

Marvin Gentry/USA Today Sports Paxton Lynch threw for just 108 yards in Memphis' Birmingham Bowl loss to Auburn. Paxton Lynch has been one of the hottest names in college football after guiding Memphis into prominence with his spectacular... more

It's hard to imagine a team that started 1-5 finding its way to the Super Bowl, but the Kansas City Chiefs are poised to do just that in Super Bowl 50. I know that statement will draw the ire of fans of the Patriots, Broncos and Bengals, but the fa... more

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Art Briles has transformed the Baylor Bears into legitimate title contender behind a high-powered offense that has routinely featured NFL-caliber talent on the offensive side of the ball. But NFL scouts are paying close attention to... more

Troy Wayrynen / USA TODAY Sports UCLA's Kenny Clark is among the top interior defensive linemen in college football. SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Defensive coordinators still believe elite units feature disruptive playmakers down the middle of the... more

The Washington Redskins are on the verge of clinching the NFC East, spurred by a red-hot offense that's beginning to find its rhythm behind a sizzling quarterback (Kirk Cousins) and a pair of dynamic pass catchers on the perimeter (DeSean Jackson and... more

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press Brandon Doughty (12) led Western Kentucky to victory in the Miami Beach Bowl. MIAMI -- The lack of quality quarterbacks in the NFL forces scouts to take a long, hard look at any prospect that displays a hint o... more

When AJ McCarron stepped in for an injured Andy Dalton last Sunday, the young Bengals backup had an extremely short NFL résumé, with just three preseason appearances and a handful of regular-season snaps under his belt. McCarron proceeded to compl... more

The New York Jets' defense was expected to fuel a playoff run in Todd Bowles' first season at the helm, but it has been the solid contributions of a blue-collar offense that has Gang Green in position to nab a postseason berth with four games remaini... more

With Week 14 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the weekend's action. Stock down Connor Cook, Michigan State, QB: Despite leading the Spartans to the Big Ten title and ear... more

The Houston Texans have climbed to the top of the AFC South behind a stellar defense that's beginning to look like the dominant unit everyone envisioned when defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel took over in 2014. With a four-game winning streak keyed... more

Can the Detroit Lions make a run at a playoff berth? The thought seemed outlandish a month ago, when the Lions were sitting at 1-7, but a three-game winning streak behind a revamped offense and a surging defense has Jim Caldwell's squad looking lik... more

November

Butch Dill/Associated Press Alabama's Derrick Henry is one the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy. With Week 13 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the weekend's... more

Sunday was a very good day for Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In addition to climbing back to .500 on the season, the Bucs scored more points (45) than they had in any game since their 48-21 win over the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVI... more

Kelley L Cox / USA TODAY Sports Stanford's Christian McCaffrey leads the nation with 2,807 all-purpose yards. With Week 12 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the... more

Jay Cutler is ballin'! That was my immediate reaction after poring over the 10th-year pro's numbers during the Chicago Bears' recent hot streak. From Week 4 on, Cutler has compiled a 98.7 passer rating on the strength of a touchdown-to-interceptio... more

With Peyton Manning on the shelf due to injury , the Denver Broncos are handing the reins to fourth-year pro Brock Osweiler. How will this affect Gary Kubiak's 7-2 team in this Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears -- and possibly beyond? Former N... more

Though they'd added a handful of young playmakers over the past two drafts, Gus Bradley's Jacksonville Jaguars were not viewed by many as a team poised for an offensive breakout. But while the team hasn't quite put it all together on the field, the... more

Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard has posted career-best numbers in receiving yards (1,003) and TDs (9) this season. With Week 11 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and... more

What's wrong with the Packers' offense? That's the question everyone's asking after watching Green Bay struggle in back-to-back games against a pair of heavyweight defenses in the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers . The Aaron Rodgers-led unit... more

The Buffalo Bills were expected to emerge as legitimate contenders in the AFC behind a stifling defense and high-powered offense featuring explosive playmakers on the perimeter. While the D is having a tough time finding its identity, the offense is... more

Keith Srakocic/Associated Press UNC QB Marquise Williams has accounted for 22 touchdowns through nine games this season. With Week 10 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based... more

The St. Louis Rams have quietly emerged as legitimate contenders in the NFC behind an offense that's creating headaches for defensive coordinators everywhere, led by rookie back Todd Gurley and young receiver Tavon Austin. Considering this attack has... more

I'm fascinated by Johnny Manziel's development in Cleveland. When the Browns took him with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, they appeared to put the former Heisman Trophy winner and polarizing prospect on the franchise-quarterback track... more

Through eight weeks of NFL play, certain players have risen to hero status for their teams, lifting their respective squads with remarkable individual performances. The midpoint of the 2015 campaign is a good time to highlight these MVPs. But rather... more

Gerry Broome/Associated Press Clemson QB Deshaun Watson continued to shine Saturday in a win over North Carolina State. With Week 9 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on... more

October

Andrew Luck has been celebrated as the next great NFL quarterback since his arrival in the league back in 2012, but the hype is screeching to a halt due to the fourth-year pro's dismal performance so far this season. The former No. 1 overall pick has... more

How has Dan Campbell quickly transformed the Miami Dolphins into playoff contenders? That's the question I've been grappling with since the Dolphins reeled off two impressive wins in the aftermath of Campbell's promotion to interim head coach, keep... more

Matt Bush/USA Today Sports Mississippi State's Dak Prescott finished eighth in the Heisman voting last season. With Week 8 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the... more

Do the New York Jets have the best defense in football? That's the question observers are asking after watching coach Todd Bowles' squad suffocate opponents through the first few weeks of the 2015 season. Gang Green's defense ranks first overall... more

It's hard to play good defense in today's pass-happy NFL, but some teams are getting stellar production from their defensive backs by teaching an old-school technique that helps cornerbacks break more quickly on short throws in their area. "Keying th... more

What's wrong with the Legion of Boom? That's the question running through everyone's minds after watching the Seahawks squander yet another fourth-quarter lead in Sunday's loss to the Panthers . The defense's subpar effort in the later stages of g... more

Tony Avelar/Associated Press Running back Christian McCaffrey led Stanford to a win over UCLA last week. With Week 7 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the weekend's... more

The Patriots are off to another sizzling start behind an explosive offense that is lighting up scoreboards around the NFL. The unit leads the league in nearly every major statistical category -- total yards per game (423.8), passing yards per game... more

Defense wins championships. That mantra is frequently uttered in meeting rooms around the NFL, but in the past, the Denver Broncos have leaned on a high-powered offense to fuel their title runs. However, the arrival of coordinator Wade Phillips ha... more

Rick Bowmer/Associated Press Utah's Devontae Booker has rushed for 665 yards through five games. With Week 6 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the first half of the... more

Who dey! It might seem hard to consider the Cincinnati Bengals legitimate title contenders, based on their recent flameouts in postseason play , but Marvin Lewis' squad should be feared, due to a dynamic offense that's lighting up scoreboards arou... more

A quarter of the season is in the books, with dominant teams and players emerging from the fray as the narrative of the 2015 campaign begins to take shape. Who has stood out thus far? Below I've listed my early selections for each individual award, b... more

AP Photo/Darron Cummings Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott fueled the Buckeyes' win over Indiana on Saturday. With Week 5 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the weekend's... more

Is it time to pull the plug on Colin Kaepernick? That's the question floating around the San Francisco 49ers in the wake of their franchise quarterback's horrendous performance against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3 . The fifth-year pro's stat li... more

September

Rise up! That phrase captures the Atlanta Falcons' expectations when coach Dan Quinn tabbed Kyle Shanahan to revamp an offense that was loaded with star-studded talent on the perimeter. After watching the "Dirty Birds" run out to a 3-0 start behin... more

Mike Groll/Associated Press LSU running back Leonard Fournette continued to shine vs. Syracuse in Week 4. With Week 4 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the weekend's... more

What on Earth is wrong with the Philadelphia Eagles' high-powered attack? The offense that torched opponents at will during the preseason has been unable to score points or generate first downs consistently. Chip Kelly's squad struggled mightily ag... more

The Arizona Cardinals have emerged as a legitimate contender in the NFC behind a high-powered offense that's clicking on all cylinders and leading the NFL in scoring . Bruce Arians has Carson Palmer playing the best football of his career and the two... more

Gerald Herbert/Associated Press LSU RB Leonard Fournette was dominant against Auburn in Week 3. With Week 3 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the weekend's action.... more

I was hardly surprised when Rex Ryan boldly predicted the Buffalo Bills would field the NFL's No. 1 defense, but I did wonder how the defensive wizard would reshape the unit to help make it the premier defense in football. The boisterous defensive-pl... more

Whoa! That was my immediate reaction to Marcus Mariota's stat line -- 13 of 16 for 209 yards and four touchdown passes -- from his NFL debut. Heading into the season, I knew the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was a talented playmaker with a uniqu... more

Associated Press Cody Kessler helped USC to a win over Idaho on Saturday, while Everett Golson's Seminoles beat USF. With Week 2 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on th... more

To the dismay of many, I picked the New Orleans Saints to win the NFC South. Yes, I know their defense is a work in progress and their top playmaker (Jimmy Graham) departed during the offseason, but I'm all in on their revamped offensive approach, an... more

Wins and losses don't count in the NFL preseason -- but individual performances sure do. After each week's slate of preseason action, Bucky Brooks has been shining the spotlight on one notable player from each team in the league, grading that player'... more

With Week 1 of the college football season in the books, here's a look at who's on the rise and who's in decline based on the weekend's action. Stock up H-back Braxton Miller, Ohio State: The two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year quickly... more

Wins and losses don't count in the NFL preseason -- but individual performances sure do. After each week's slate of preseason action, Bucky Brooks has been shining the spotlight on one notable player from each team in the league, grading that player'... more

Yesterday, I looked at the NFL's top offensive divisions . Today, I'm turning my attention to the defensive side of the ball. How do the rankings shake out? See below: FOR OFFENSIVE RANKINGS, CLICK HERE 8) AFC South The Houston Texans are the... more

Scouts and coaches will tell anyone within earshot that preseason football doesn't count, but it definitely matters when it comes to projecting the potential of an offensive unit. Evaluators can quickly determine which teams have the pieces in place... more

Wins and losses don't count in the NFL preseason -- but individual performances sure do. After each week's slate of preseason action, Bucky Brooks will shine the spotlight on one notable player from each team in the league, grading that player's... more

August

Wins and losses don't count in the NFL preseason -- but individual performances sure do. After each week's slate of preseason action, Bucky Brooks will shine the spotlight on one notable player from each team in the league, grading that player's... more

Wins and losses don't count in the NFL preseason -- but individual performances sure do. After each week's slate of preseason action, Bucky Brooks will shine the spotlight on one notable player from each team in the league, grading that player's... more

Wins and losses don't count in the NFL preseason -- but individual performances sure do. After each week's slate of preseason action, Bucky Brooks will shine the spotlight on one notable player from each team in the league, grading that player's... more

Backfields Secondaries Receiving corps Defensive lines As we head into the 2015 NFL campaign, Bucky Brooks is identifying which teams have improved the most in particular position groupings since the end of last season. Today's focus:... more

Wins and losses don't count in the NFL preseason -- but individual performances sure do. After each week's slate of preseason action, Bucky Brooks will shine the spotlight on one notable player from each team in the league, grading that player's... more

Wins and losses don't count in the NFL preseason -- but individual performances sure do. After each week's slate of preseason action, Bucky Brooks will shine the spotlight on one notable player from each team in the league, grading that player's... more

Backfields Secondaries Receiving corps Defensive lines As we head into the 2015 NFL campaign, Bucky Brooks is identifying which teams have improved the most in particular position groupings since the end of last season. Today's focus:... more

Pipeline rankings: 1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Ric Tapia/NFL Ohio State's Joey Bosa is one of the most disruptive defenders in college football. With fall camps opening around the country this week, here's a look at my... more

Pipeline rankings: 1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Al Goldis/Associated Press Michigan State's Connor Cook enters 2015 as one of college football's top quarterbacks. With fall camps set to begin around the country this week,... more

Backfields Secondaries Receiving corps Defensive lines As we head into the 2015 NFL campaign, Bucky Brooks is identifying which teams have improved the most in particular position groupings since the end of last season. Today's focus:... more

Pipeline rankings: 1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Rogelio V. Solis/AP D'haquille Williams led Auburn with 45 catches for 730 yards last season. With fall camps set to begin around the country this week, here's a look at my... more

Pipeline rankings: 1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Doug Benc/AP DeForest Buckner led Oregon with 13 tackles for loss last season. With fall camps set to begin around the country this week, here's a look at my ranking of the... more

Backfields Secondaries Receiving corps Defensive lines General managers and coaches are always looking to improve the roster through player development/acquisition. Coaches, in particular, spend countless hours working with young player... more

Pipeline rankings: 1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Mark Humphrey/AP Quarterback Joshua Dobbs went 4-1 as Tennessee's starter last season. With fall camps set to begin around the country this week, here's a look at my ranking... more

July

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Friday, one day after the publication of this piece, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks reached an agreement on a four-year, $87.6 million contract extension . In the wake of this mega deal, the sentiments expressed below rema... more

Football is the ultimate team game, but all positions are not created equal. Given the pass-happy nature of today's NFL, quarterbacks are clearly the most important players in the game, due to their responsibilities and direct impact on the outcom... more

Every general manager and head coach understands that it takes three seasons to fully evaluate a draft class, but that doesn't stop decision makers from counting on rookies to make immediate contributions. Teams will spend the entire offseason evalua... more

Head coaches and scouts are constantly evaluating their young players, looking for guys with the potential to make a major developmental jump. From my experience as a player and scout, I believe most NFL players make their biggest such gains between... more

The success of an NFL team is largely due to the talent on its roster, but the difference between good and great squads typically comes down to coaching. In a league full of astute tacticians and play callers, the best coaches come up with innovativ... more

Traditionalists are correct when they say franchise quarterbacks must be able to win from the pocket, but the changing dynamics of the pro game make it increasingly important that elite passers possess the ability to make big plays in a spontaneous... more

The pass-happy nature of the NFL has led observers to focus extensively on pass rushers and their sack totals, but championship defenses excel at stopping the run behind the play of a disruptive force on the interior. These defenders often toil in... more

The challenge of consistently moving the ball downfield on a variety of dink-and-dunk passes against an NFL defense makes every offensive coordinator covet the presence of a deep-ball specialist on the perimeter. Pass catchers capable of delivering... more

For all the attention offensive players receive, NFL football is still governed by big hitters and ferocious tacklers. I've heard head coaches frequently discuss the importance of winning the physical battle -- "outhitting" the opponent -- to tip the... more

All home fields aren't created equal. I discovered that fact when I played for the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs during the 1990s, and I've continued to see a handful of teams consistently dominate opponents in recent years due to the... more

The current emphasis on the quick-rhythm passing game in the NFL has made it imperative for elite offenses to feature a dynamic playmaker in the slot. Creative play designers are attacking voids in the middle of the field by abruptly getting the ball... more

Despite plenty of chatter about the diminishing role of running backs, many of the most efficient offenses in the NFL today are still fueled by the touchdown makers at the position. Play callers around the league cleverly craft game plans around the... more

The aerial evolution of the NFL has made it imperative for elite offenses to feature multiple playmakers on the perimeter. While most teams enter the season with an idea of who will play the key role as the designated WR1, over the course of the fal... more

June

Earlier this month, the San Diego Chargers announced that they're retiring LaDainian Tomlinson's number (21) with an official ceremony in November. It's a well-deserved honor for one of the best NFL players of the new millennium. That got us thinkin... more

Best Offensive Coordinators Best Defensive Coordinators Overall Rankings This week, I've been examining the guys behind the guys -- spotlighting the finest coordinators across the NFL landscape. After talking to folks around the league and... more

Best Offensive Coordinators Best Defensive Coordinators Overall Rankings The NFL seemingly has done everything in its power to legislate defensive football out of the game, but the top defensive coaches find a way to stop elite offenses wi... more

Best Offensive Coordinators Best Defensive Coordinators Overall Rankings There's nothing like watching an offensive maestro befuddle defenses with exceptional game planning and superb play calls. The best offensive coordinators in the NFL... more

It looks like the "small" receiver is back en vogue. The NFL is a copycat league, with coaches and scouts feverishly scouring tape from previous seasons for the next trend that will help their teams win. And after reviewing the All-22 Coaches Film... more

As the 2015 NFL season approaches, Bucky Brooks is poring over film to determine the best of the best in the league. Click on each group below for full analysis and rankings. Red-zone running backs CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL RANKING. Slot... more

There is no doubt that this is a quarterback league. NFL executives know the position is the most important piece of the championship puzzle, and teams are always on the hunt for talented signal-callers. But what if, in addition to finding the best... more

Offensive rookie projections Defensive rookie projections Coaches and scouts rarely discuss the expectations of prominent rookies with the outside world, but every front office looks for timely playmaking and significant production from key... more

Offensive rookie projections Defensive rookie projections Coaches and scouts rarely discuss the expectations of prominent rookies with the outside world, but every front office looks for timely playmaking and significant production from notab... more

Is Cam Newton really a $100 million man? The question ran rampant throughout Twitter after the Carolina Panthers lavished a five-year, $103.8 million extension on a quarterback with a 30-31-1 career record as a starter. The outrage took me by surp... more

The New York Jets are poised to make a legitimate run at the AFC East crown -- or, at least, a wild-card slot -- behind a championship-caliber defense and a talented collection of skill players with the potential to anchor a sneaky-explosive offense... more

May

When NFL coaches meet to discuss the challenges presented by the next game on the schedule, the conversation focuses first on identifying the biggest threats on the opposition's roster. Coaches carefully craft game plans to minimize these guys' impac... more

The recent emphasis on the quarterback position has led many to believe the presence of a franchise signal-caller is the only thing that matters when it comes to building a championship team in today's game. While it certainly is easier to make a ru... more

On Wednesday, the 11th- and 10th-ranked quarterbacks (Matt Ryan, No. 77, and Cam Newton, No. 73) in "The Top 100 Players of 2015" were revealed on NFL Network. While we wait to see how the upper crust at the game's most important position shakes out... more

Who is Jimmy Garoppolo? With Tom Brady suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season , this question has come to the forefront. More specifically, what kind of player is the second-year quarterback out of Eastern Illinois? Given some tim... more

The NFL certainly has shifted to a pass-happy approach over the past decade. With each passing year, teams are putting the ball in the air more and more, and a host of explosive playmakers are dominating the game from the perimeter. Thus, having a... more

Although it's too soon to completely rip any team's draft class, some hauls were less inspiring than others. In grading out the 2015 NFL Draft , Bucky Brooks found that six teams deserved "C" marks for one reason or another. Here's what he had to say... more

When Bucky Brooks graded all 32 teams for their 2015 NFL Draft hauls, he identified seven whose exceptional rookie classes were worthy of an "A" mark. Here's what he had to say about the teams that stood out from the rest: ATLANTA FALCONS:... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2015 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the NFC East. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see oth... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2015 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the AFC East. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see oth... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2015 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the NFC South. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see ot... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2015 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the AFC South. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see ot... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2015 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the NFC North. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see ot... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2015 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the AFC North. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see ot... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2015 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the NFC West. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see oth... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2015 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Below is his review of the AFC West. (NOTE: Click on the tabs to see oth... more

General managers and head coaches covet speed and quickness when examining top prospects during the pre-draft process. Playmakers with the burst and acceleration to blow past opponents give defensive coordinators nightmares -- unless those coaches ha... more

April

The 2015 NFL Draft features a strong collection of talent that should rival the impact of the star-studded 2011 and 2012 classes. Just as those classes featured a handful of transcendent stars at the top of the board, this class is brimming with dazz... more

There is always a place in the NFL for a pass rusher with a non-stop motor and a knack for getting to the quarterback. Coaches and scouts are desperate to find disruptive playmakers in a league where offensive coordinators are increasingly leaning on... more

With the 2015 NFL Draft fast approaching, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the NFC East. (NOTE: Click on tabs to see other divisions; click on team names to... more

With the 2015 NFL Draft fast approaching, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the AFC East. (NOTE: Click on tabs to see other divisions; click on team names to... more

With the 2015 NFL Draft fast approaching, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the NFC South. (NOTE: Click on tabs to see other divisions; click on team names to... more

With the 2015 NFL Draft fast approaching, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the AFC South. (NOTE: Click on tabs to see other divisions; click on team names to... more

With the 2015 NFL Draft fast approaching, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the AFC North. (NOTE: Click on tabs to see other divisions; click on team names to... more

With the 2015 NFL Draft fast approaching, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the NFC North. (NOTE: Click on tabs to see other divisions; click on team names to... more

» Bucky Brooks' Big Board 1.0 | 2.0 Here is my third and final Big Board for the 2015 NFL Draft. 1. Leonard Williams , USC, DT Rise/fall: -- Smooth-moving athlete with the physical tools to be a transcendent star at the position. Wil... more

With the 2015 NFL Draft fast approaching, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the NFC West. (NOTE: Click on tabs to see other divisions; click on team names to... more

With the 2015 NFL Draft fast approaching, Bucky Brooks is breaking down the biggest areas of need for every team in the NFL, division by division. Below is his look at the AFC West. (NOTE: Click on tabs to see other divisions; click on team names to... more

In the run-up to the NFL draft, it's easy to fall in love with sizzle over substance. Explosive athletes with a handful of highlight reel-worthy plays to their name can vault up the charts, while proven playmakers with workmanlike games seem to fall... more

The biggest compliment an NFL scout or coach can bestow upon a top prospect is to call him a "football player" in pre-draft meetings. The term is used to describe someone with the grit, toughness and instincts to excel at the highest level despite... more

Drafting a legitimate franchise quarterback is the quickest way to turn around a moribund organization. The addition of a young, talented signal-caller with exceptional physical tools and a high football IQ gives a sagging franchise an opportunity to... more

March

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jameis Winston confirmed his status as the top quarterback in the 2015 class with an impressive performance in front of a large contingent of NFL evaluators at Florida State's pro day Tuesday. » 2015 pro days schedule, res... more

The draft-day trade market is always a reflection of supply and demand at marquee positions. Decision makers will evaluate the depth at each position group and pinpoint a player who could be the last of the crown jewels at a particular spot. Given so... more

The admission of former Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine threatens to sink the stock of a player widely viewed as a top-10 talent. Given the changing climate of the NFL, here's how... more

At a time when running backs are seemingly being devalued on draft boards around the NFL, Todd Gurley has an opportunity to change the perception about the position. Yes, I'm sure scouts are wrestling with concerns over his recovery from a torn AC... more

It really takes about three years to accurately evaluate a draft class, but with a year's worth of time to review the performance and potential of the top players in the 2014 draft, I thought it would be fun to reshuffle the deck and see how picks mi... more

Nearly 25 years have passed since the Buffalo Bills' high-flying "K-Gun" offense was destroying the NFL with a frenetic pace and all-star cast of playmakers. Led by three Hall of Famers (Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed), the unit powered Buf... more

The NFL's evolution into a pass-happy league has prompted general managers, scouts and head coaches to view cornerback as one of the marquee positions in the game. Teams invest heavily in cornerbacks who can shut down half of the field, as one can se... more

"What is Chip Kelly doing?" That's the question running through the minds of Philadelphia Eagles fans after watching the coach orchestrate a series of personnel moves that completely flipped the starting lineup and removed three Pro Bowl players... more

For all of the excitement generated by free agency in the NFL, I've been most intrigued by the clever utilization of trades by executives around the league this offseason. Teams are increasingly willing to deal away established playmakers for unprove... more

The aerial evolution of the NFL has made wide receivers hot commodities on draft day. Teams are willing to expend top picks on pass catchers with size, speed and explosiveness because recent history provides numerous examples of such players making a... more

Dorial Green-Beckham created quite a buzz with his spectacular performance at the NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks ago. Scouts left Indianapolis impressed with his size, athleticism and natural ball skills as a receiver. Most important, in meetings,... more

The pass-happy nature of the NFL has forced general managers and head coaches to value pass rushers at a premium. Evaluators view edge rusher as the most important defensive position on the field, and teams are willing to use a top pick on any prosp... more

The Buffalo Bills pulled off a shocking trade Tuesday when they agreed to send linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles for running back LeSean McCoy. The move will land an All-Pro back in Buffalo, giving the Bills' offense a dynamic runner... more

With the 2015 NFL ScoutingCombine in the rearview, it's time for the next step in the pre-draft process: pro days. In advance of this month-plus, cross-country campaign, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks provides 10 burning questions for this... more

February

General managers and coaches will spend the next few months preaching the importance of acquiring players with exemplary character and impeccable intangibles, but troubled prospects with extraordinary talent and athleticism are tough to bypass on dra... more

» Bucky's Big Board 2.0: Edge rushers surge up With the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in the rear-view mirror, here is a look at the top five prospects at each position to give you a peek at some of the conversations that are taking place in draft... more

» Bucky Brooks' Big Board 1.0 With the NFL Scouting Combine now complete and new information revealed about the top prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft , this is a good time to adjust my Big Board. While I know my subtle changes will lead to a f... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. On Monday, the defensive backs took the field. Bucky provides his impressions from Indianapolis. Click... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. On Sunday, the defensive linemen and linebackers took the field. Bucky provides his impressions from... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. On Saturday, the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers took the field. Bucky provides his... more

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks is spotlighting the prospects who make a mark -- for better or worse -- at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. On Friday, the offensive linemen and tight ends took the field. Here are Bucky's impressions from... more

As the 2015 NFLDraft approaches, Bucky Brooks is examining the best fits for one high-profile prospect each week. CLICK ON EACH PLAYER'S NAME FOR FULL ANALYSIS. Shane Ray This Missouri product is arguably the best pure pass rusher in the dra... more

The devaluation of the running back position in recent NFL drafts -- no RB has gone in the first round since 2012 -- doesn't diminish the importance of having a dynamic talent in the backfield when it comes to competing with the elite teams in the le... more

With the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl completed and the NFL Scouting Combine about to get under way in Indianapolis, the pre-draft process has swung into high gear. With that in mind, I thought I would release my 2015 NFL Draft Big Boa... more

As coaches and general managers prepare to make potentially franchise-altering decisions in the 2015 NFL Draft, now is the perfect time to look back and see how the choices made last year played out on the field. Bucky Brooks is reviewing and grading... more

As coaches and general managers prepare to make potentially franchise-altering decisions in the 2015 NFL Draft, now is the perfect time to look back and see how the choices made last year played out on the field. Bucky Brooks is reviewing and grading... more

As coaches and general managers prepare to make potentially franchise-altering decisions in the 2015 NFL Draft, now is the perfect time to look back and see how the choices made last year played out on the field. Bucky Brooks is reviewing and grading... more

The key to building a dominant defense in today's NFL is to start at the line of scrimmage. The general managers and coaches responsible for constructing the premier defenses in football typically began with a big-bodied defender who has the size,... more

As coaches and general managers prepare to make potentially franchise-altering decisions in the 2015 NFL Draft, now is the perfect time to look back and see how the choices made last year played out on the field. Bucky Brooks is reviewing and grading... more

As coaches and general managers prepare to make potentially franchise-altering decisions in the 2015 NFL Draft, now is the perfect time to look back and see how the choices made last year played out on the field. Bucky Brooks is reviewing and grading... more

As coaches and general managers prepare to make potentially franchise-altering decisions in the 2015 NFL Draft, now is the perfect time to look back and see how the choices made last year played out on the field. Bucky Brooks is reviewing and grading... more

As coaches and general managers prepare to make potentially franchise-altering decisions in the 2015 NFL Draft, now is the perfect time to look back and see how the choices made last year played out on the field. Bucky Brooks is reviewing and grading... more

As coaches and general managers prepare to make potentially franchise-altering decisions in the 2015 NFL Draft, now is the perfect time to look back and see how the choices made last year played out on the field. Bucky Brooks reviews and grades each... more

As coaches and general managers prepare to make potentially franchise-altering decisions in the 2015 NFL Draft, now is the perfect time to look back and see how the choices made last year played out on the field. Bucky Brooks is reviewing and grading... more

Marcus Mariota is the most dynamic quarterback prospect to enter the NFL since Michael Vick was selected No. 1 overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. The Heisman Trophy winner has displayed a rare combination of speed, athleticism and passing ski... more

The New England Patriots' high-powered offense just took down one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. The unit dominated the action throughout much of Super Bowl XLIX, amassing 320 net passing yards against the Seattle Seahawks' vaunted "Legion... more

January

The Super Bowl is the ultimate showcase of star power, with Pro Bowlers routinely making pivotal plays throughout. However, history suggests an unheralded player could make the biggest play, the one that determines which team gets to hoist the Lomba... more

Five keys to victory for Seattle Five keys to victory for New England The media firestorm surrounding DeflateGate has diverted some attention from what we can actually expect to see on the field during Super Bowl XLIX , but many observers ar... more

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Jameis Winston , QB, Florida State Winston is the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft. He is a nice fit in Dirk Koetter's quick-rhythm passing game. » Daniel Jeremiah's mock draft 1.0: Winston goes No. 1 2.... more

It's no coincidence that the NFL teams that enjoy the most long-term success also consistently knock the ball out of the park on draft weekend. Championship squads traditionally build through the draft, taking a cost-efficient approach toward sustain... more

MOBILE, Ala. -- Two days of practices are in the books here at the Reese's Senior Bowl, and Thursday will give prospects one last chance to shine in a practice setting with NFL evaluators watching. Here's a look at four who are impressing, and a co... more

MOBILE, Ala. -- We're only one day into the Senior Bowl at Mobile, Ala., but already a handful of prospects have made a positive impression, whereas a few who entered with something to prove got their week off to a slow start. » Nine standouts f... more

Five keys to victory for Seattle Five keys to victory for New England The Seattle Seahawks have an opportunity to become the first back-to-back champions in 10 years -- but to do so, they'll have to face the last team to pull off that feat: t... more

The Reese's Senior Bowl provides NFL scouts and coaches with a terrific opportunity to check out the some of the top prospects in the country in an ultra-competitive environment. Although all-star game performances shouldn't outweigh a prospect's... more

With coaches and scouts starting to project which players are the best fits for their squads, this is a look at the top five prospects at each position to give you a peek at some of the conversations that are taking place in draft rooms across the le... more

It's easy to pencil the New England Patriots into Super Bowl XLIX based on their recent history of destroying the Indianapolis Colts' defense. The Pats have rolled through Chuck Pagano's troops in their two most recent matchups; it is hard to imagine... more

The Green Bay Packers might be led by an MVP-caliber quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, but few are giving them a chance to knock off the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on the road in the NFC Championship Game next Sunday. However, a clos... more

The recent devaluation of the running back in the NFL draft has led some observers to diminish the impact of the position, but the spectacular play of Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott during the Buckeyes' title run should serve as a reminder that runni... more

The College Football Playoff Championship Game will come down to which team wins the majority of matchups on the field. Although turnovers and miscues will certainly impact the outcome of the game, the final score will be decided by the play of the s... more

When the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys meet in Sunday's divisional playoff game , the most explosive offense in the NFL will square off against a no-name defense that's catching fire at the right time. This might look like a lopsided matchup o... more

Michael Yanow/NFL Jameis Winston has announced his intent to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Florida State QB Jameis Winston has announced his intention to apply for early entry into the 2015 NFL Draft, and the decision isn't a surprise based on... more

It's not a coincidence the eight teams still standing in the NFL postseason all feature talented quarterbacks. The quarterback remains the most impactful player on the field; teams without a standout signal-caller are hopeless in big games when the... more

It is uncommon for NFL scouts to have an opportunity to see Heisman Trophy quarterbacks square off on a big stage, but the 101st Rose Bowl provided evaluators with a chance to see Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston battle it out in Pasedena. Mariota... more

December

On Tuesday, I examined the biggest strengths and weaknesses for each NFC playoff team . Now it's time to take a look at the AFC field (with teams ordered by postseason seeding): 1) New England Patriots Next matchup: vs. Ravens/Bengals/Colts, Satur... more

Now that the 2014 playoff field is set , let's examine the crucial factors for each participant. Strategic planning and tactical adjustments can help a team mask its deficiencies in a game, but the best coaches are able to tilt things in their favor... more

It's easy to dismiss the Carolina Panthers based on their sub-.500 record, but the defending NFC South champions are heating up at the right time. The Panthers opened up December with three straight wins, and it appears this team could be rounding in... more

The pass-happy nature of the NFL makes it imperative for general managers to add pass rushers at every turn. While every decision maker would love to add an explosive edge player to the lineup with the requisite size and physical tools to thrive as a... more

In the spirit of the Salute to Service campaign , former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks spotlights players who are poised to have hero-like performances for their respective teams in Week 16 : Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers Matchu... more

The hype machine is humming in full effect after Oregon QB Marcus Mariota was named the Heisman Trophy winner over the weekend. Coaches like Tony Dungy and Jim Mora have compared the Ducks' standout to NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers , with Mora going so far... more

The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks are out to prove that stellar defense can win championships in today's NFL. While the 'Hawks are aiming for their second Lombardi Trophy in as many seasons, the Cards are poised to make a deep postseason run... more

In the spirit of the Salute to Service campaign , former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks spotlights players who are poised to have hero-like performances for their respective teams in Week 15: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup: at... more

It is not a coincidence that the top football teams in the country are also the programs NFL scouts target when searching for blue-chip players in the draft. The most talented teams typically win the majority of their games and eventually compete for... more

The NFL MVP award will likely go to Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning, given the quarterback-centricity of today's NFL, but the best player in the league is J.J. Watt -- and it's not even close. The 2012 Defensive Player of th... more

Whenever blue-chip prospects play in championship games, scouts pay close attention to their performance because it provides a preview of a player's potential in a game with NFL-caliber talent and intensity. When reviewing their efforts in these cont... more

Whenever I get an opportunity to see a blue-chip prospect play in a major conference championship game, I pay close attention to his performance because the speed, intensity and urgency mirrors NFL competition. I'm a firm believer that how a player p... more

In the spirit of the Salute to Service campaign , former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks spotlights players who are poised to have hero-like performances for their respective teams in Week 14: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants Matchup: at... more

There is little doubt that the NFL scouting community agrees with Georgia head coach Mark Richt's recent assessment of Todd Gurley as a blue-chip talent, but the devaluation of the running back position threatened to diminish his value in the 2015 d... more

Tommy Gilligan / USA Today Sports Jameis Winston threw a career-high four interceptions in Florida State's win over Florida on Saturday. Quarterback is the most difficult position to evaluate for scouts, coaches and general managers. The... more

Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press Boise State running back Jay Ajayi rushed for 229 yards in a win over Utah State on Saturday night. The 2014 college football season is wrapping up, with bowl season just over the horizon. Here are six players... more

November

In the spirit of the Salute to Service campaign , former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks spotlights players who are poised to have hero-like performances for their respective teams in Week 13: Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens Matchup: vs.... more

The Green Bay Packers have bounced back from a disappointing 1-2 start to re-emerge as legitimate title contenders. The team has a balanced, explosive offense and a playmaking defense -- all the components needed to make a deep postseason run. With... more

When scouts are assigned to evaluate the top prospects within their region, it is important to schedule multiple visits to the school to get an accurate gauge on the development of the player during his final season. While it is hard to shake the ini... more

Whenever scouts convene for draft meetings to discuss the top prospects in college football, general managers and coaches will ask evaluators to provide a pro comparison for each player. Although the comparison is loosely based on similar physical... more

In the spirit of the Salute to Service campaign , former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks spotlights players who are poised to have hero-like performances for their respective teams in Week 12: Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns Matchup: at Atla... more

When considering contenders for Coach of the Year, voters should take a long, hard look at Andy Reid -- and appreciate the work he has done in Kansas City. While there are plenty of deserving candidates, including Arizona Cardinals head man Bruce Ari... more

Is it the talent or the system? That's the question scouts will wrestle with when they take a long, hard look at Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon during the pre-draft process. Despite shattering the single-game rushing record with a 408-yard effort agai... more

When Texas A&M announced that star offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi was moving from left tackle to right tackle prior to last week's Auburn game, I immediately thought it was an admission by the Aggies' coaching staff that the senior standout was unab... more

In the spirit of the Salute to Service campaign , former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks spotlights players who are poised to have hero-like performances for their respective teams in Week 11: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers Matchup: vs.... more

The Detroit Lions are sitting atop the NFC North and firmly entrenched in the race for the top seed in the conference. While we've grown accustomed to seeing the Lions fade down the stretch, the All-22 Coaches Film reveals a team that's rounding i... more

Bob DeChiara / USA Today Sports Louisville safety Gerod Holliman leads the nation with 13 interceptions. The changing dynamics of the NFL game have made the safety position one of the marquee spots on defense. Fueled by the desire to slow... more

Elaine Thompson/Associated Press Star CB Marcus Peters faces a big decision after being dismissed from the Washington football team. The changing climate of the NFL makes it tough for scouts and general managers to bring prospects with... more

In this installment of "Bucky's Best," former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks provides "Bucky's Beasts" -- the guys who are poised to produce spectacular numbers in Week 10: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup: at New York Jets, Sun... more

The New England Patriots have been anointed AFC heavyweights following their impressive dismantling of the Denver Broncos , but Bill Belichick's bunch might not even be the best team in the AFC East. The Miami Dolphins (5-3), who beat the Pats in Wee... more

Richard Shiro / Associated Press Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs showed off his versatility in Saturday's 45-42 overtime win over South Carolina. NFL evaluators are always searching for the next potential franchise quarterback. Whether it is a senio... more

October

In his weekly Bucky's Best series, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks identifies the must-see matchups of the weekend in college football. Most intriguing matchup TCU QB Trevone Boykin vs. West Virginia DC Tony Gibson It's not a coincidence... more

In this installment of "Bucky's Best," former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks highlights the can't-miss matchups to watch in Week 9 : Broncos' receiving corps vs. Patriots' defensive backs Denver Broncos at New England Patriots, Sunday, 4:25 p.m... more

We've reached the midpoint of the 2014 NFL season -- and it's time to highlight players who are operating at an MVP level. Rather than focus on the candidates for the NFL MVP award, however, I thought I'd broaden the discussion by singling out the... more

We've reached the midpoint of the season -- which means it's time to highlight players who are operating at an MVP level. Rather than focus on the candidates for the NFL MVP award, however, I thought I'd broaden the discussion by singling out the t... more

Elaine Thompson/Associated Press Washington's Shaq Thompson is the rare college player who can impact a game on both offense and defense. Whenever a blue-chip player is capable of making contributions on both sides of the ball, scouts... more

In his weekly Bucky's Best series, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks identifies the must-see matchups of the weekend in college football. Best matchup in the trenches Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley vs. Syracuse OT Sean Hickey There is no questi... more

In this installment of "Bucky's Best," former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks highlights the can't-miss matchups to watch in Week 8 : Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery vs. Darrelle Revis/Brandon Browner Chicago Bears at New England Patriots, Sund... more

The Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals square off Sunday in a midseason heavyweight battle between two 5-1 teams. This game pits one of the league's most explosive offenses against a stellar defensive unit that has played surprisingly well de... more

With the recent devaluation of running backs in the draft and free agency, many observers have fallen prey to the narrative that the NFL is a "quarterback-driven league," failing to see how the presence of a dominant playmaker in the backfield allevi... more

John David Mercer/USA TODAY There's a lot not to like about Jameis Winston, but his on-field play in big moments is not one of them. For all of the negative attention that Florida State QB Jameis Winston's off-field behavior has attracted... more

In his weekly Bucky's Best series, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks identifies the must-see matchups of the weekend in college football. Most intriguing matchup Florida State QB Jameis Winston vs. Notre Dame QB Everett Golson The swirl of... more

In this installment of "Bucky's Best," former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks highlights the can't-miss matchups to watch in Week 7 : Cam Newton vs. Julius Peppers/Clay Matthews Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers, Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox... more

The Cleveland Browns are quietly emerging as legitimate playoff contenders behind a punishing offense spearheaded by a wily veteran and a tough running game. Following their dominant win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, I thought it was time to figure... more

Matt Cashore/USA Today Sports Notre Dame's Everett Golson will benefit from NFL teams becoming more accepting of smaller quarterbacks. The success of the Russell Wilson experiment in Seattle could pave the way for Notre Dame's Everett Golson... more

Associated Press Sooners CB Zack Sanchez made big plays on Saturday, while Mizzou QB Maty Mauk tossed four picks in a loss. With Week 7 of college football in the books, it's time to take note of who saw their stock rise and fall based on th... more

In his weekly Bucky's Best series, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks identifies the must-see matchups of the weekend in college football. Most anticipated matchup in NFL circles Oregon QB Marcus Mariota vs. UCLA QB Brent Hundley This matchu... more

Georgia running back Todd Gurley has been suspended indefinitely by the University of Georgia Athletic Association as the star junior is being investigated for an alleged violation of NCAA rules . » Manziel showing support for Gurley The 2... more

In this installment of "Bucky's Best," former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks highlights the can't-miss matchups to watch in Week 6 : Dez Bryant vs. Richard Sherman Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox Bryant has... more

When the New York Giants selected Odell Beckham Jr. with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, I believed it was the perfect marriage of prospect and scheme. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound receiver was one of the most explosive players in col... more

What's wrong with the Philadelphia Eagles' offense? That's the question many observers are asking after watching Chip Kelly's unit struggle over the past two weeks. Despite sporting a 4-1 record and scoring 30-plus points four times, the Eagles'... more

Jim Lytle/Associated Press Mississippi State's dual-threat QB Dak Prescott is emerging as a top Heisman contender. Traditionalists might not like the way the quarterback position is evolving in college football, but the presence of a... more

AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace turned in a steller performance in leading the Rebels over Alabama on Saturday. With Week 6 of college football in the books, it's time to take note of who saw their stock rise and fall based... more

After a slow start to the season, the New York Giants caught the attention of the football world with a pair of resounding wins over the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins. The stellar play of Eli Manning combined with the emergence of an unher... more

In his weekly Bucky's Best series, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks identifies the must-see matchups of the weekend in college football. Best WR-DB matchup Alabama WR Amari Cooper vs. Ole Miss DB Tony Conner Credit Alabama offensive coordi... more

EUGENE, Ore. -- There is nothing like having the opportunity to watch a franchise quarterback play in a big game with championship implications. The atmosphere mirrors the pressurized environment of playing in a prime-time game at the next level. Thu... more

In this installment of Bucky's Best, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks highlights the can't-miss matchups to watch in Week 5: DeMarco Murray vs. Brian Cushing Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS The transformation... more

September

We've reached the quarter mark of the 2014 NFL season -- and this is the perfect time to recognize the standouts from the first four weeks. While things will certainly change going forward, and while it's true that the six teams with a Week 4 bye hav... more

The pass-centric nature of the NFL makes it imperative for a dominant defense to feature elite pass rushers off the edges. Defensive coordinators constantly stress the importance of being able to disrupt the rhythm of the quarterback in personnel... more

Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah scored three touchdowns in the Huskers' win over Illinois. With Week 5 of college football in the books, it's time to take note of who saw their stock rise and fall based on... more

In his weekly Bucky's Best series, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks identifies the must-see matchups of the weekend in college football. Best matchup in the trenches Arkansas DE Trey Flowers vs. Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi Flowers intr... more

Rick Scuteri/Associated Press UCLA's Brett Hundley bounced back with a big effort vs. Arizona State in his return from injury. TEMPE, Ariz. -- Franchise quarterbacks must display the mental and physical toughness to perform when they are not... more

In his weekly "Bucky's Best" series, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks highlights the can't-miss matchups you need to watch. Most favorable offensive matchup LeSean McCoy/Darren Sproles vs. 49ers' linebackers Philadelphia Eagles at San... more

In past seasons, Jason Garrett's Dallas Cowboys have favored a pass-centric approach on offense. While it certainly made sense to rely on a Pro Bowl quarterback (Tony Romo) and a talented set of receivers (headlined by Dez Bryant), this game plan did... more

James Guillory/USA Today Sports East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden is on the radar of NFL scouts. With Week 4 of college football in the books, it's time to take note of who saw their stock rise and fall based on the weekend's action.... more

Gerald Herbert/Associated Press Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott is gaining momentum after leading the Bulldogs to an upset win over LSU. When I scouted for the Carolina Panthers from 2003-2007, I was required to give every player a critica... more

In his weekly Bucky's Best series, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks identifies the must-see matchups of the weekend in college football. Most favorable offensive matchup Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill vs. SMU defense The sophomore sensation has... more

Nick Marshall isn't a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect, but that doesn't mean he is incapable of leading the Auburn Tigers into the College Football Playoff as the director of one of college football's most explosive offenses. After watchin... more

In his weekly "Bucky's Best" series, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks highlights the can't-miss matchups you need to watch. Most favorable offensive matchup Chris Johnson/Chris Ivory vs. Bears' run defense Chicago Bears at New York Jets... more

How did the Chargers crack the code? That's the question I asked myself after witnessing the San Diego Chargers' 30-21 win over the Seattle Seahawks from my press box seat in Qualcomm Stadium. While I wasn't completely surprised the Chargers were... more

Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press QB Brett Hundley played an active role on the sideline after exiting the Bruins' win over Texas with an elbow injury. The college football season is only three weeks old, but scouts are already completing thei... more

John Raoux/Associated Press Florida wide receiver Demarcus Robinson racked up 216 yards on 15 receptions vs. Kentucky. With Week 3 of college football in the books, it is time to take note of who saw their stock rise and fall based on the... more

In his weekly Bucky's Best series, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks identifies the must-see matchups of the weekend in college football. Most intriguing matchup Georgia RB Todd Gurley vs. South Carolina defense The Heisman Trophy front-run... more

In his weekly Bucky's Best series, former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks highlights the can't-miss matchups to watch. Most favorable offensive matchup Peyton Manning vs. Chiefs' defense Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos, Sunday, 4:25 p.m.... more

The NFL boasts some of the best and brightest minds in football, but that doesn't mean the pro game isn't influenced by what high school and college teams are doing. The savviest coaches will borrow ideas from their brethren at the lower levels,... more

Ryan Kang/Associated Press Oregon QB Marcus Mariota put on an impressive performance in leading the Ducks over Michigan State on Saturday. When I started my career as a scout in 2000 with the Seattle Seahawks, I was advised by my college... more

Elaine Thompson/Associated Press Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson was productive on both defense and offense on Saturday. With Week 2 of college football in the books, it's time to take note of who saw their stock rise and fall based on... more

USA Today Sports Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat will be tested by USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams on Saturday. For all of the things that I love about watching football, I'm most fascinated by the chess match that takes place o... more

There is nothing like watching the chess match that ensues each week in the NFL. From observing the way crafty coaches implement exotic schemes to exploit mismatches to watching a pair of blue-chip players duke it out against each other, I've learn... more

If the quarterback position is viewed as the most important in football, then the backup should receive special attention in the team-building process. After all, the second-string quarterback is just a play away from having to step into the spotligh... more

AP Photo/Nati Harnik Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah is one of several running backs changing the perception of the RB position. Don't believe the hype suggesting the running back position is devalued in football. While the recent results of the... more

August

Jeremy Brevard / USA TODAY Sports Kenny Hill was every bit as efficient running Texas A&M's offense as his predecessor. Johnny who? That's what the college football world is likely saying after watching Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill put on a... more

Eugene Tanner/Associated Press USC CB Josh Shaw's draft stock is under review after he lied about saving his drowning nephew. When Josh Shaw misled USC officials with a fabricated story about rescuing his drowning nephew from a pool, he not... more

Since Sean Payton's arrival in 2006, the New Orleans Saints consistently have fielded one of the most explosive offenses in football. But this year's edition promises to be the most dynamic and versatile unit I've seen under his direction. Now,... more

Since Sean Payton's arrival in 2006, the New Orleans Saints consistently have fielded one of the most explosive offenses in football. But this year's edition might be the most dynamic and versatile unit I've seen under his direction. Now I know... more

When Mike Pettine announced his decision regarding the Cleveland Browns' quarterback competition Wednesday morning, I was surprised to see the first-year coach name Brian Hoyer the starter . Although I anticipated the veteran having the first crack a... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR OT Pass rushers Defensive backs Doug Benc / Associated Press Jameis Winston might have a hard time in 2014 replicating the level of success he enjoyed in 2013. NFL scouts are already lookin... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR OT Pass rushers Defensive backs Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's skill set makes him the top defensive back to watch heading into the 2014 season. The pass-centric nature of the NFL game has scouts scour... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR OT Pass rushers Defensive backs Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi is one of the most intriguing offensive tackles in college football. The pass-happy nature of the NFL has turned talented offensi... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR OT Pass rushers Defensive backs Dave Martin / Associated Press Amari Cooper will be under close watch this fall as NFL teams continue to monitor potential future game changers. The wide-ope... more

Players to watch: QB RB WR OT Pass rushers Defensive backs John Bazemore / Associated Press The next "Beast Mode"? Todd Gurley's game is reminiscent to that of Seattle's Marshawn Lynch. The devaluation of the running... more

The Seattle Seahawks are poised to make a run at a second straight Super Bowl title, but this time around, the offense could play a much bigger role. The expanded playbook that this team has put on display in the preseason leads me to believe the uni... more

Jay LaPrete/Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after suffering a shoulder injury in practice. When the news broke about Ohio State QB Braxton Miller missing 2014 due to a season-ending shoulder injury, I... more

The Seattle Seahawks are poised to make a run at a second straight Super Bowl title, but this time around, the offense could play a much bigger role. The expanded playbook that this team has put on display in the preseason leads me to believe the uni... more

Scouts are already looking to the future to identify potential franchise quarterbacks in the collegiate ranks. Although it's way too early for speculation about what quarterbacks will become blue-chip players at the next level, evaluators are studyin... more

AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg Florida State QB Jameis Winston enters 2014 as the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. "I want winners!" The quote from former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary effectively sums up the attitude that NFL... more

Tempo. That's the word buzzing around the NFL in 2014. Hoping to duplicate the success of fast-paced attacks run by teams like the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints, several... more

Julio Cortez/Associated Press Florida State QB Jameis Winston will enter the 2014 season as a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. I've been around the NFL long enough to know that capturing the Heisman Trophy doesn't ensure success at the... more

Joe Raymond / Associated Press Everett Golson is back in the Irish's starting lineup after missing the entire 2013 season due to a suspension. When Everett Golson returned to Notre Dame after sitting out the 2013 season due to an academic... more

For all the talk about today's NFL being governed by quarterback play, the surest way to consistently compete for the Lombardi Trophy is to field an elite defense that smothers opponents and creates scoring chances off turnovers. This has long been t... more

When I worked as a scout for the Carolina Panthers in the mid-2000s, then-coach John Fox would break up the season into quarters and set a goal to achieve a 3-1 record in each to ensure a playoff berth. While it's probably surprising to hear losses... more

The best defensive coordinators in the NFL are willing to step outside of the box to develop effective strategies for defending the hottest offensive trends. From crafting exotic zone-blitz schemes to using a variety of unique personnel packages to... more

Rankings: 1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Gerald Herbert / Associated Press T.J. Yeldon appears to be the next big-time Crimson Tide back primed to make the leap from college to the pros. When I was a scout in the NFL for th... more

Rankings: 1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press USC's Leonard Williams will enter the 2014 season at full health after playing through an injury last season. 6. Ohio State Buckeyes Players to... more

Rankings: 1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 AP Photo/Victor Calzada Quarterback Brett Hundley has indicated this will be his final season at UCLA. 11. UCLA Bruins Players to watch: QB Brett Hundley, LB/RB Myles Jack, DT E... more

Whenever the "elite quarterback" discussion crops up in NFL circles, the same four names top the marquee. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees represent the Mount Rushmore of quarterbacking in today's game, based on remarkable... more

Rankings: 1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Aaron M. Sprecher/NFL Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi is among college football's top offensive tackles. 16. South Carolina Gamecocks Take a look ahead to the 2014 college football se... more

Rankings: 1-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 21-25 Rick Scuteri / Associated Press Arizona State's Jaelen Strong is showing he has the potential to be a No. 1 wide receiver at the next level. 21. Missouri Tigers Players to wat... more

July

The Baltimore Ravens fielded a scattershot offense in 2013 -- and, not coincidentally, they missed the playoffs, despite having won the Super Bowl one season earlier. Now, with new coordinator Gary Kubiak taking the reins, the unit could be poised fo... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Ohio State's Braxton Miller needs to show great improvement in the passing game to prove he's an NFL prospect at QB. I would never question Urban Meyer's football knowledge or his evaluation skills based on hi... more

Don Ryan / Associated Press Improvement in two critical areas could have Brett Hundley rapidly rising up draft boards. Whenever a college coach with strong NFL ties suggests that one of his players has the goods to be a star at the next leve... more

There's nothing like playing in the NFL. I proudly say that after spending five seasons in the league as a wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner with five different teams. Although I didn't earn Pro Bowl recognition, I had the opportunity... more

Chuck Burton / Associated Press Jameis Winston's playing style and collegiate offensive scheme are different from that of Cam Newton. When I worked as a scout for the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers, I would frequently ask prospects... more

Whenever I speak to a young player trying to make his mark in the NFL, I advise him to find a Pro Bowler with similar skills and attempt to copy his career blueprint. I'm aware that most youngsters already model their games after the elite talents... more

When I was a defensive back for the Jacksonville Jaguars, I asked our defensive coordinator, Dick Jauron, a straightforward question: What is the key to building a dominant defense in the NFL? After pondering my question for a few minutes, Jauron... more

The NFL's aerial evolution over the past decade has changed the way defensive coordinators build their secondaries. Teams are placing a greater emphasis on adding athletic playmakers with versatile skill sets. While those traits havealwaysbeen cove... more

When I stepped onto the practice field adjacent to Arrowhead Stadium in 1997, I had no idea that my Kansas City Chiefs teammate Tony Gonzalez was on the verge of revolutionizing the tight end position in the NFL. While I was well aware of Gonzalez's... more

Is he clutch? That's the question I repeatedly asked myself while evaluating quarterbacks during my time as a scout with the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. For all of the physical attributes needed to thrive at the position, the ability t... more

The recent rise of the running-back-by-committee approach in the NFL has led to speculation that the position has been devalued in meeting rooms around the league -- a theory that was further advanced when no backs were selected in the first round of... more

The pass-centric nature of the NFL has turned left tackle into one of the marquee positions in football. Coaches and scouts place a high priority on keeping the quarterback upright, allowing him to comfortably make plays from the pocket. Thus, NFL... more

In this series, Bucky Brooks identifies the NFL's top 10 players within unique, skill-based categories. Hands and ball skills Whereas many evaluators place tremendous emphasis on speed, athleticism and agility when assessing pass catchers,... more

There's nothing that makes me cringe more than hearing any cornerback with a little skill touted as a "shutdown corner." While I certainly appreciate observers recognizing the benefits of having a guy who can shut down an entire side of the field, th... more

When I stepped into the NFL as a rookie receiver with the Buffalo Bills in 1994, I had the opportunity to watch Andre Reed put on a daily clinic with his exceptional skills as a pass catcher. Observing the future Hall of Famer refine his craft... more

Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports Clemson DE Vic Beasley returns for his senior season as one of college football's top pass rushers. When I was a scout for the Carolina Panthers, I was encouraged to value speed and athleticism as core traits fo... more

David Butler II / USA TODAY Sports QB Bryce Petty must show he is more than a product of the Baylor system. Is it the talent or the system? That's the question NFL scouts routinely wrestle with when evaluating quarterbacks directing... more

Football might be the ultimate team sport, but the NFL is dominated by larger-than-life talents -- those players who, through sheer force of skill and personality, seem able to single-handedly drive their squads. A player like that can become everyth... more

Football might be the ultimate team sport, but the NFL is dominated by larger-than-life talents -- those players who, through sheer force of skill and personality, seem able to single-handedly drive their squads. A player like that can become everyth... more

David Zalubowski/Associated Press Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu enters his senior season as one of the top defenders in college football. The pass-happy nature of the NFL has led scouts and coaches to search high and low for shutdown corners.... more

Football might be the ultimate team sport, but the NFL is dominated by larger-than-life talents -- those players who, through sheer force of skill and personality, seem able to single-handedly drive their squads. A player like that can become everyth... more

June

Football might be the ultimate team sport, but the NFL is dominated by larger-than-life talents -- those players who, through sheer force of skill and personality, seem able to single-handedly drive their squads. A player like that can become everyth... more

Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper has the ability to become a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. Whenever a young player makes key contributions for a national championship contender, NFL scouts tend to pay closer attention to his development... more

Football might be the ultimate team sport, but the NFL is dominated by larger-than-life talents -- those players who, through sheer force of skill and personality, seem able to single-handedly drive their squads. A player like that can become everyth... more

Football might be the ultimate team sport, but the NFL is dominated by larger-than-life talents -- those players who, through sheer force of skill and personality, seem able to single-handedly drive their squads. A player like that can become everyth... more

Football might be the ultimate team sport, but the NFL is dominated by larger-than-life talents -- those players who, through sheer force of skill and personality, seem able to single-handedly drive their squads. A player like that can become everyth... more

USC junior defensive lineman Leonard Williams has flashed potential but still has room for improvement. Whenever a respected college coach touts a young player as a potential impact player at the next level, NFL scouts take notice,... more

Bucky Brooks identifies the face of each NFL franchise, as well as the next player in line to take up the mantle.Click on each division for the complete breakdown. NFC North » Chicago Bears: Will their next franchise leader be a defender,... more

Football might be the ultimate team sport, but the NFL is dominated by larger-than-life talents -- those players who, through sheer force of skill and personality, seem able to single-handedly drive their squads. A player like that can become everyth... more

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton is looking to bounce back from a 2013 season-ending knee injury. The copycat nature of the NFL will lead coaches and scouts to search for the next big thing at the collegiate... more

Ben Liebenberg / NFL Jameis Winston can confirm to NFL teams that he has desirable off-the-field intangibles by getting his degree. It's been widely assumed in media circles that Florida State QB Jameis Winston will declare for the 2015 NFL... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Melvin Gordon averaged nearly eight yards per carry while rushing for 1,609 yards for the Badgers in 2013. A few weeks ago, I wrote that I expect the devaluation of the running back position to end in the... more

When I played for the Oakland Raiders in the late 1990s, defensive coordinator Willie Shaw told us that the pass rush is far more important than the coverage in the NFL. He believed disrupting the timing and rhythm of the quarterback was paramount to... more

I've been around a lot of NFL offensive coordinators during my time as a player and scout, and I've seen that the best play callers have a keen understanding of how to build around their best players. When I played for the Green Bay Packers, I... more

Jameis Winston's uneven performance vs. Miami was a minor blemish on an otherwise outstanding 2013 season. Whenever a first-year quarterback guides his team to the national championship and claims the Heisman Trophy , scouts take notice. Thi... more

I remember how, back in my scouting days with the Carolina Panthers, team officials raved about Julius Peppers' impact on the franchise as a young player. The 2002 Defensive Rookie of the Year notched 12 sacks during his debut season, providing a... more

It takes three full years to evaluate a draft class, so it's time to take a long, hard look at the 2011 NFL Draft . Of course, various situations and circumstances greatly affected the impact several players made on their respective teams, but excuse... more

When the St. Louis Rams hired Gregg Williams as their new defensive coordinator in January, offensive coaches around the NFL immediately took notice. This appears to be the perfect marriage of coach and personnel, the type of development that could... more

May

Players to watch: QB RB WR OT Pass rushers Defensive backs Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Leonard Williams has flashed the potential to be a premier pass rusher at the next level. The quickest way to improve a de... more

When I played with the Green Bay Packers in the mid-1990s, I watched Brett Favre take the NFL by storm with a receiving corps that featured several playmakers on the perimeter (Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman and Andre Rison), including a dynamic 1-2... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' failure to make the postseason the past two seasons largely can be blamed on a defense that has looked old and slow at critical moments. Despite the team's attempts to add young, talented defenders in prior drafts, the patchw... more

The common denominator among the NFL's elite is the presence of a franchise quarterback under center. Teams with blue-chip signal-callers routinely find themselves in the Super Bowl hunt, while those without established QBs struggle to win consistent... more

When Bucky Brooks graded all 32 teams for their 2014 NFL Draft hauls, he identified seven whose exceptional rookie classes were worthy of an "A" mark. Here's what he had to say about the teams that stood out from the rest (click on team names for fu... more

It's obviously way too early to completely tear apart any team's draft class, but it is fair to say some hauls are less inspiring than others. In grading out the 2014 NFL Draft , Bucky Brooks found that six teams deserved "C" marks for one reason or... more

Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2014 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. You'll find the NFC West evaluation below; click here for other divisional breakdowns. The most... more

Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2014 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. You'll find the AFC West evaluation below; click here for other divisional breakdowns . John Elwa... more

Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2014 NFL Draft , spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. You'll find the NFC East evaluation below; click here for other divisions . After being regarded... more

Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2014 NFL Draft, spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. You'll find the AFC East evaluation below; click here for other divisional breakdowns . Brandt:... more

Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2014 NFL Draft , spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. You'll find the NFC South evaluation below; click here for other divisional breakdowns . The... more

Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2014 NFL Draft , spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. You'll find the AFC South evaluation below; click here for other divisional breakdowns . Schein:... more

Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2014 NFL Draft , spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. Seven teams earned "A" grades for their draft hauls, while six teams received"C" marks . Click on... more

Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2014 NFL Draft , spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. You'll find the NFC North evaluation below; click here for other divisional breakdowns . The... more

Bucky Brooks is performing a division-by-division assessment of the 2014 NFL Draft , spotlighting notable picks and handing out grades for each team. You'll find the AFC North evaluation below; click here for other divisional breakdowns . The... more

The first day of the 2014 NFL Draft was full of surprises, with several unheralded prospects sneaking into the first round. Although scouts are prepared for every scenario on draft day, the opportunity to sit back and reassess the options heading int... more

It's hard to know what to believe in the days leading up the 2014 NFL Draft . General managers and scouts are floating smokescreens and misinformation to the public to keep opposing decision makers guessing on draft day. How to watch the NFL draft... more

The key to draft-day success is correctly identifying and selecting prospects at the appropriate value. Although keen observers routinely acknowledge the inexact science of this process, bombing on early selections can set a franchise back for years.... more

Pass rushers are always coveted at a premium on draft day. General managers and scouts spend countless hours poring over game tape looking for disruptive edge players with the speed, power and burst to pummel quarterbacks in the backfield. Whil... more

Picks Nos. 1-8 Picks Nos. 9-16 Picks Nos. 17-24 Picks Nos. 25-32 NFL.com Illustration MOCK DRAFTS: Bucky Brooks 6.0 | Daniel Jeremiah 6.0 | Charles Davis 6.0 | Mock Draft Central Every NFL team has to prepare for the... more

In advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week . Today, he takes on Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr . PREVIOUS: Jadeveon Clowney | Sammy Watkins | Blake Bortles | Justi... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Team-by-team Position-by-position Quarterbacks Round 1 (overall pick No. 3) Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel , Texas A&M Round 1 (5) Oakland Raiders: Blake Bortles , UCF Round 1 (26)... more

Picks Nos. 1-8 Picks Nos. 9-16 Picks Nos. 17-24 Picks Nos. 25-32 NFL.com Illustration MOCK DRAFTS: Bucky Brooks 6.0 | Daniel Jeremiah 6.0 | Charles Davis 6.0 | Mock Draft Central Every NFL team has to prepare for the... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Team-by-team Position-by-position Arizona Cardinals Round 1 (overall pick No. 20): Dee Ford , DE, Auburn Round 2 (52): Stephon Tuitt , DE, Notre Dame Round 3 (84): Tom Savage , QB, Pittsb... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Team-by-team Position-by-position The 2014 NFL Draft is a week away, so teams are putting the finishing touches on their draft boards and going through the possible scenarios that could occur on d... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Team-by-team Position-by-position 65. Houston Texans: Troy Niklas , TE, Notre Dame Bill O'Brien's experience utilizing double tight end sets in New England could lead him to take a big, athletic... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Team-by-team Position-by-position 33. Houston Texans: AJ McCarron , QB, Alabama The Texans have all of the offensive weapons needed to be a force in the AFC, so they simply need a quarterback wi... more

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Team-by-team Position-by-position 101. Houston Texans: Nevin Lawson , CB, Utah State 102. Washington Redskins: Walt Aikens , CB, Liberty 103. Atlanta Falcons: Craig Loston , SS, LSU 10... more

April

The collection of prospects who will be available in the 2014 NFL Draft is widely considered one of the most talented in recent memory. Of course, for the sake of perspective, similar things were said about the 2011 and 2012 classes, which yielded Ca... more

Picks Nos. 1-8 Picks Nos. 9-16 Picks Nos. 17-24 Picks Nos. 25-32 NFL.com Illustration MOCK DRAFTS: Bucky Brooks 6.0 | Daniel Jeremiah 6.0 | Charles Davis 6.0 | Mock Draft Central Every NFL team has to prepare for the... more

In advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week . Today, he takes on Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans . PREVIOUS: Jadeveon Clowney | Sammy Watkins | Blake Bortles | Justin... more

» More draft do-overs: 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2008 | 2010 | 2012 It might take three years to determine whether a player can cut the mustard in the NFL, but that shouldn't discourage evaluators from making strong assertions about a player's... more

The devaluation of running backs in the NFL draft has spawned a narrative that the position is no longer vital to offensive success. However, as we saw throughout the 2013 postseason , the presence of an effective ground game is essential to winning... more

Picks Nos. 1-8 Picks Nos. 9-16 Picks Nos. 17-24 Picks Nos. 25-32 NFL.com Illustration MOCK DRAFTS: Bucky Brooks 6.0 | Daniel Jeremiah 6.0 | Charles Davis 6.0 | Mock Draft Central Every NFL team has to prepare for the... more

In advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week . Today, he takes on Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald . PREVIOUS: Jadeveon Clowney | Sammy Watkins | Blake Bortles |... more

» More draft do-overs: 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2008 | 2010 There's nothing like looking back at a previous draft armed with knowledge and perspective on how each prospect developed. While it's unfair to the decision makers who ultimately pulle... more

The draft is less than a month away, but scouts are still working hard to put the finishing touches on draft boards across the league. With team visits, private workouts and background searches nearly completed, we can begin to make solid assertions... more

When I worked as a scout for the Seattle Seahawks, my college scouting director -- Scot McCloughan, who went on to become general manager of the San Francisco 49ers before returning to Seattle as a senior personnel executive -- told me in pre-draft... more

In advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week . Today, he takes on LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham . PREVIOUS: Jadeveon Clowney | Sammy Watkins | Blake Bortles | Justin Gi... more

» More draft do-overs: 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2008 There's nothing like looking back at a draft armed with information and insight on how players and teams have developed since that point. In 2010, the debate at the top of the board centered o... more

The 2014 NFL Draft is as deep and talented as any collection of prospects that I've evaluated in my 20-plus years around the league. Although the conversation centers around the top prospects on the board, it's the unheralded players surging up... more

One of the biggest factors in a successful draft selection is finding a player that ideally fits a team's respective scheme. While talent and mental makeup are also critical factors, the perfect mesh between prospect and scheme can produce remarkable... more

The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to "the most outstanding player in college football," but receiving the honor doesn't guarantee success at the next level. In fact, history suggests the winner, despite an impressive collegiate résumé, is unli... more

What's up with the buzz surrounding quarterback Tom Savage ? That's the question that I've been wrestling with since my colleague, Gil Brandt, began to rave about the potential of the Pittsburgh standout last fall. The wily evaluator likened Sa... more

The trade market on draft day is driven by supply and demand at a particular position. Teams will assign value to every player in the draft, but place a bullseye on the players viewed as "tipping points" at each position. Although these players might... more

In advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week . Today, he takes on North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron . PREVIOUS: Jadeveon Clowney | Sammy Watkins | Blake Bortles | Justi... more

» More draft do-overs: 2003 | 2004 | 2005 There's nothing like looking back at a draft to see where the coaches and scouts got it right or wrong with their evaluations. Although evaluators don't have the benefit of hindsight when making selec... more

I've said before that Jadeveon Clowney is the most talented defensive end prospect that I've seen in my 20-plus years around the NFL. He validated that opinion with his sensational workout at South Carolina's pro day Wednesday. Measuring 6-foot-... more

March

» Bucky Brooks' previous Big Board The pre-draft process is almost over, with pro days set to wrap up in a few weeks. As a result, scouts and coaches are spending extra time in the film room to see if the production and performance displayed on... more

In today's pass-happy NFL, it's imperative for general managers and coaches to stockpile multiple receiving threats on the perimeter. League rules restricting contact on pass catchers down the field make it nearly impossible for defenses to stop... more

The NFL draft is similar to the stock market, with the value of prospects fluctuating because of workouts, film evaluation and market analysis. General managers, coaches and scouts are closely monitoring the quarterbacks in the 2014 class, in particu... more

In advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week . Today, he takes on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. PREVIOUS: Jadeveon Clowney | Sammy Watkins | Blake Bortles | Justi... more

Johnny Manziel yelled "Boom" after firing a 60-yard bomb to Mike Evans to cap an epic pro-day workout Thursday, and his enthusiastic outburst symbolizes the hammer that he might have dropped on the rest of the 2014 QB class with his spectacular show... more

» More draft do-overs: 2003 | 2004 There's nothing like reviewing previous drafts to see where NFL evaluators got it right or wrong on draft day. Although there are several factors that determine whether a prospect plays up to expectations, it... more

The increasingly pass-centric nature of the NFL has rendered running backs second-class citizens in most offenses. Though complementing a stout defense with a strong running game remains the blueprint for winning a Super Bowl title, the fascination w... more

In advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week . Today, he takes on Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. PREVIOUS: Jadeveon Clowney | Sammy Watkins | Blake Bortles | J... more

» More draft do-overs: 2003 There's nothing like looking back at a previous draft to see where scouts got it right or wrong in a given year. Here, I want take a stab at the 2004 NFL Draft armed with the knowledge of how each player in the clas... more

Teddy Bridgewater finally put his talents on the display in front of a host of NFL general managers, coaches and scouts Monday at his pro day , and the performance was underwhelming to say the least . The consensus top-ranked quarterback in most... more

"Defense wins championships." During my time as a scout with the Carolina Panthers, I routinely heard John Fox recite this familiar adage in personnel meetings. He constantly stressed the importance of playing tough, physical defense. Battista:... more

In advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week . Today, he takes on Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. PREVIOUS: Jadeveon Clowney | Sammy Watkins | Blake Bortles | Justin Gi... more

In today's passing league, wide receivers are marquee players in free agency. Teams are willing to pay top dollar for pass catchers with blue-chip characteristics -- guys who can help maximize a franchise quarterback. Perusing the 2014 free-agent cla... more

In advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week . Today, he takes on Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack. PRIOR INSTALLMENTS: Jadeveon Clowney | Sammy Watkins | Blake Bortles | J... more

Brooks: Best fits for top prospects In advance of the 2014 NFLDraft, Bucky Brooks is examining potential landing spots for high-profile players in this class. READ The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books, but several prospects still... more

February

Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks played for five different teams (Buffalo, Jacksonville, Green Bay, Kansas City and Oakland) in five NFL seasons. After his playing career was over in 1999, Brooks jo... more

In advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week . Today, he takes on Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert. PRIOR INSTALLMENTS: Jadeveon Clowney | Sammy Watkins | Blake Bo... more

» Bucky Brooks' initial 2014 NFL Draft big board The NFL Scouting Combine is in the books, with coaches and scouts leaving Indianapolis with a better feel for the 2014 NFL Draft class following exhaustive interviews and workouts with top... more

PRIOR WORKOUT GROUPS' WINNERS AND LOSERS: OL, TE | QB, RB, WR | DL, LB INDIANAPOLIS -- The final day of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine put the spotlight on defensive backs. While this group might lack the sizzle of some of the DB classes of year... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- After a full weekend of offensive workouts, the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine shifted to the other side of the ball on Monday, with defensive linemen and linebackers hitting the Lucas Oil Stadium turf. Who stood out in the on-field action... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The second day of on-field workouts at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine featured the glamour positions: quarterback, running back and wide receiver (a high-interest group, to say the least). Here are my thoughts on the prospects who stoo... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The first day of workouts at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books. While a number of prospects sent their stocks soaring up the charts, a few players now will need to make amends for poor performances during their pro day wor... more

In advance of the 2014 NFLDraft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fit for one high-profile prospect each week. Derek Carr With NFL bloodlines, as well as an enticing combination of arm talent and athleticism, this quarterback has w... more

In advance of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week. Today, he takes on Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles. Past installments cover Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins .... more

The NFL Scouting Combine is viewed as a glorified track meet by some observers, but scouts and coaches view the event as a four-day job interview. Personnel men will bombard top prospects with a variety of questions to assess their background profile... more

The NFL Scouting Combine ranks as the marquee pre-draft event on the calendar of every scout and personnel man in the league. Evaluators anxiously await the performances of top prospects to see if their physical dimensions, athleticism and football... more

In advance of the 2014 NFLDraft, Bucky Brooks is examining the best team fits for one high-profile prospect each week. Click here for the debut subject of this series, Jadeveon Clowney. As for today's installment ... With the prominence of the... more

There is a direct correlation between quarterback play and winning games in the NFL. Teams with elite quarterbacks or superb game managers routinely find their way to the winner's circle, while others struggle to compete at a high level. Although the... more

The NFL has taken to the air inrecent years, with offensive coordinators exploiting favorable rules restricting defensive contactwith receivers downfield. Although the risk of turning the ball over or having a negative play increasesthe more... more

The conclusion of the Super Bowl officially kicks off the 2014 NFL Draft season. Teams are currently huddled up in pre-NFL Scouting Combine meetings attempting to set their initial draft boards. Coaches and scouts are discussing their fall reports a... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S The 2014 quarterback class doesn't have a sure bet at the position, but features a pair of intriguing franchise quarterback possibilities in Tedd... more

Jadeveon Clowney certainly hasn't lacked for attention over the past few years. College football observers lauded Clowney's every move during his sophomore year at South Carolina. NFL scouts and coaches were anything but bashful in projecting his t... more

The NFL has always been viewed as a copycat league, with coaches and scouts quick to adopt and implement strategies from successful organizations. From schematic innovations like the zone-read offense and Pistol formation to the tweaking of game-day... more

Defense wins championships. That's what coaches have been preaching for decades, but the transformation of the NFL into a passing league has led many observers to speculate that championships are won on the strength of a quarterback directing a... more

January

The Reese's Senior Bowl wrapped up over the weekend, but the analysis continues in draft rooms around the NFL. Scouts and coaches will discuss the performances of each player in meetings, with an all-star game grade issued based on their play in prac... more

The storyline heading into Super Bowl XLVIII is the NFL's No. 1 offense battling the No. 1 defense for the Lombardi Trophy. While that matchup certainly looms large, I believe the game likely will be decided by the other showdown: the Seattle Seah... more

The Reese's Senior Bowl is viewed as the crown jewel of the college all-star season. NFL coaches and scouts scour the tape of this contest to determine which prospects have the skills to emerge as difference makers at the next level. Here are a few... more

The Reese's Senior Bowl is regarded as the crown jewel of the college all-star season, with elite prospects dotting the rosters at every position. Given the importance scouts place on the performance of players in highly competitive matchups, the pra... more

The fourth day of workouts at the Reese's Senior Bowl represents the final dress rehearsal for both squads. Players are finally comfortable with the playbook and their respective roles within the scheme. Additionally, coaches are increasingly comfort... more

The third day of workouts at the Senior Bowl are viewed as the most important practices of the week. Players are finally comfortable with their teammates and the playbook, leading to better performance on the field. In addition, the players have a be... more

The second day of workouts at the Senior Bowl are typically more enjoyable to watch because prospects are beginning to get comfortable with the playbook and their surroundings. The speed and tempo of drills draws closer to an NFL pace, with prospects... more

The Super Bowl XLVIII matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks pits the NFL's No. 1 offense against the league's top defense. Denver has steamrolled over elite defenses throughout the season, but the Seahawks' D presents a unique... more

It's been 20 years since I walked into Ladd-Peeples Stadium hoping to prove to NFL scouts that I was one of the top players in the 1994 draft. I eagerly accepted my invitation to the Senior Bowl with that thought in mind, but I remember the self-doub... more

Christopher Hanewinckel / USA Today Sports Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolohas been impressive at East-West Shrine Game practices. The East-West Shrine Game is still a few days away, but scouts have already seen enough from the top... more

Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today Sports Arizona CB Shaquille Richardson has impressed scouts with his size, speed and coverage skills this week. The third day of practices at the East-West Shrine Game provided scouts with plenty of opportunities... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S It's hard to find a safety capable of thumping against the run, while displaying the range, instincts and awareness to thrive as a centerfielder... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S The transformation of the NFL into a passing league makes it imperative for defenses to feature long, rangy athletes on the perimeter. The 2014 c... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S It's hard to find linebackers capable of playing against the run and pass in the box. The 2014 class, however, features a number of playmakers wi... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S The increased utilization of hybrid 3-4 defenses has made outside linebacker a marquee position in the draft. Coaches and scouts love hybrid play... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S The top defenses in football traditionally feature standouts at the defensive tackle spot. Coaches search for big-bodied studs with strength, pow... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S NFL coaches and executives place a premium on acquiring elite pass rushers to offset the brilliant quarterback play dominating the league today.... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S Here are my top five interior offensive linemen prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft: 1. Xavier Su'a-Filo , UCLA The most intriguing prospect a... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S The collection of offensive tackles in the 2014 class might be the deepest and most talented group NFL scouts have seen in about a decade. There... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S The tight-end position has become the focal point of the passing game for several NFL teams. Part of that is because of the superior athleticism... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S The league rules banishing excessive contact on the perimeter have encouraged more NFL offensive coordinators to put the ball in the air to take... more

Positional top 5 rankings: QB RB WR TE OT OG-C DT DE OLB ILB CB S The running back position is devalued in the draft, but a look at the teams seriously competing for the Super Bowl title suggests the position re... more

Ron Chenoy / USA Today Sports San Jose State CB Bene Benwikere's cover skills and instincts have impressed scouts at the Shrine Game workouts. A driving rainstorm led to alternative workouts at the East-West Shrine Game on Tuesday, but scout... more

The NFL frequently is described as "a quarterback league," but the winning game plans from this postseason remind us that relying on a strong ground game -- fueled by a workhorse runner or a collection of backs -- remains a critical component of play... more

Bradley Leeb / USA Today Sports Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo had an FCS-best 5,050 passing yards with 53 TDs and nine interceptions. The East-West Shrine Game is one of the marquee events on the calendar of NFL scouts. Evaluators... more

The Seattle Seahawks have been considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender all season, but it was a resounding34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 13 that prompted many to tout the team as the best in football. The Saints are unquestionabl... more

Ben Liebenberg / NFL Jameis Winston rebounded from a lackluster first half to rally the Seminoles to the national championship. The mark of a great player isn't how well he performs when things are going well, but the championship traits tha... more

Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Michigan State QB Connor Cook impressed Bucky Brooks with his poise and accuracy against Stanford in the Rose Bowl. The 100th Rose Bowl was considered the marquee matchup of the bowl season by several scout... more

The term "franchise quarterback" is loosely applied in the football world, but there are only a few signal callers that fit the criteria when scouts break down their games. These quarterback prospects are transcendent stars who exhibit the critical t... more

December

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has announced his intention to apply for early entry into the 2014 NFL Draft. His latest on-field performance in the Chick fil-A Bowl gave a hint as to his potential at the next level. NFL evaluators pay close... more

The Green Bay Packers enter the NFC playoffs with an 8-7-1 record, but opposing defensive coordinators are shaking in their boots at the prospect of defending one of the most explosive offenses in football. While the naysayers will suggest that... more

Jesse Johnson / USA TODAY Sports DT Ra'Shede Hageman gets a national showcase when Minnesota plays Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. The top general managers and coaches in the NFL understand that the league is not only about player acquisition,... more

The Dallas Cowboys shocked the NFL world with their dismantling of the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7 . The much-maligned defense held the Eagles -- second in the league in scoring -- to just three points, leaving coach Chip Kelly searching for answer... more

Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press Buffalo LB Khalil Mack recorded six tackles in the Bulls' Famous Idaho Potato Bowl loss. Scouting prospects from small schools is one of the biggest challenges NFL scouts encounter. While evaluators can... more

Reinhold Matay/Associated Press UCF QB Blake Bortles is a buzzy prospect at the moment, but he may take time to develop in the NFL. The draft is nearly six months away, but the hype machine is already in overdrive building up prospects into... more

It's amazing how quickly things can turn around in the NFL. A talented unit can struggle for weeks, before finding a rhythm that sparks a deep postseason run. It happened last season for the Baltimore Ravens under the direction of quarterback Joe Fla... more

Don Ryan / Associated Press Another season of college ball could make Marcus Mariota into the ultimate weapon in the pocket. The hunt for a quarterback is an on-going exercise in NFL draft rooms. Wily evaluators constantly monitor the colleg... more

AP Photo/Gus Ruelas Utah cornerback Keith McGill has the size and athleticism to intrigue NFL teams. It's not a secret that the NFL is a copycat league, with general managers, coaches and scouts prone to copy the traits of the league's most... more

Associated Press NFL scouts were paying attention when Jimmy Garoppolo and Terrance West faced off in the FCS playoffs last weekend. The NFL is a league built on players from big schools, but that doesn't mean general managers and scouts... more

The 2014 draft has been touted as one of the deepest and most talented collection of prospects that NFL scouts have seen in some time. Naturally, most of the attention has focused on a group of quarterbacks that show the potential to develop into... more

The Kansas City Chiefs have enjoyed a spectacular turnaround season, sparked in part by a rejuvenated offense that recently has found its stride. Critics scoff at the notion of an Alex Smith-led attack striking fear in the hearts of defenses. Tell th... more

The Heisman Trophy award is presented annually to the most outstanding player in college football. While some of the award winners have enjoyed distinguished careers in the NFL , there have been a number of Heisman Trophy winners who have failed to... more

Brandt Brooks Davis Jeremiah Goodbread Greenspan Huguenin NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks names his 2013 college football All-American and picks for the season's major awards: Award picks Heisman Trophy: Jameis Winston,... more

The New England Patriots were rounding into form as true Super Bowl contenders ... before Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending injury . Popular opinion suggests such a substantial setback -- losing one of the best position players in football -- c... more

Ranking the bowl teams: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Bucky Brooks ranks all the college bowl teams based on the quality of their NFL prospects. Ranking the bowl games Because college football apparently needs... more

Ranking the bowl teams: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Bucky Brooks ranks all the college bowl teams based on the quality of their NFL prospects. Ranking the bowl games Because college football apparently needs... more

Ranking the bowl teams: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Bucky Brooks ranks all the college bowl teams based on the quality of their NFL prospects. Ranking the bowl games Because college football apparently needs... more

Ranking the bowl teams: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Bucky Brooks ranks all the college bowl teams based on the quality of their NFL prospects. Ranking the bowl games Because college football apparently needs... more

Ranking the bowl teams: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Bucky Brooks ranks all the college bowl teams based on the quality of their NFL prospects. Ranking the bowl games Because college football apparently needs... more

Ranking the bowl teams: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Bucky Brooks ranks all the college bowl teams based on the quality of their NFL prospects. Ranking the bowl games Because college football apparently needs... more

Ranking the bowl teams: 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61-70 Bucky Brooks ranks all the college bowl teams based on the quality of their NFL prospects. Ranking the bowl games Because college football apparently needs... more

Michael Conroy / Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller showed off his skills as a runner vs. Michigan State but struggled in the passing game. There's nothing like watching prospects perform in a big game with significant... more

Jordan Lynch probablywillfall short in his quest to win the Heisman Trophy, but he is certainly one of the best college players that I've seen step between the lines in the last 20 years. The Northern Illinois standout is a quintessential playmak... more

The college football regular season is nearing its conclusion, but the quarterback race continues to heat up with the top quarterbacks putting it down over the past few weeks. From Jameis Winston cementing his status as the Heisman Trophy frontrunner... more

The Chicago Bears were expected to vie for the NFC title with a vastly improved offense complementing a suffocating defense that had traditionally ranked among the NFL's best. While the offense has lived up to the billing in coach Marc Trestman's fir... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Ohio State's Carlos Hyde is among the top RB prospects in the 2014 draft class. Ohio State's Carlos Hyde continues to build a strong case to be one of the top running backs selected in the 2014 draft. The 6-foot,... more

Tony Ding/Associated Press Ohio State QB Braxton Miller entered the season as a top Heisman Trophy candidate. Braxton Miller is not ready for the NFL. That's not a slight to the considerable talent, athleticism and potential that the... more

November

The college football season is nearing an end, but the race for the top spot in my quarterback rankings is still in flux. The disappointing performances of Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Bryce Petty have paved the way for unheralded Derek Carr to... more

Johnny Manziel might've lost out on his bid for his second consecutive Heisman Trophy award with his disappointing performance against LSU , but don't expect the showing to significantly impact his value in the eyes of NFL evaluators. The redshirt... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers got off to a woeful start this season, but they've shown signs of life in recent weeks. Mike Tomlin's troops have reeled off five wins in their last seven games and rejoined a pack of AFC playoff contenders hoping to catch fi... more

Bill Wippert / Associated Press Boston College RB Andre Williams went from 584 rushing yards last season to over 2,000 as a senior. Is Andre Williams a one-year wonder? That's the question NFL scouts are pondering after watching the Boston... more

The 2014 draft class is expected to feature one of the deepest quarterback pools in recent history. In fact, there has been speculation in NFL circles that the reason E.J. Manuel was the only quarterback selected in the first round of the 2013 draft... more

The college football season is nearing its end, but scouts are just beginning to dig into the top quarterback prospects to see if their games are ideally suited to the next level. Evaluators are paying close attention to performances in rivalry games... more

Christopher Jackson / Associated Press West Virginia RB Charles Sims has rushed for 943 yards and nine TDs and also has 43 receptions. The reported devaluation of the running back position has, in my opinion, been greatly exaggerated.... more

Can the New York Giants go from worst to first in less than two months? That's the question running rampant in New York on the heels of a four-game winning streak that has the G-Men just 1½ games behind the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagle... more

Charles LeClaire / USA Today Sports Pittsburgh DL Aaron Donald leads the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss and also has 10 sacks. The copycat nature of the NFL leads scouts to search for prospects with characteristics similar to those of the... more

Tony Avelar / Associated Press Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks leads the FBS in receptions and receiving yards and is second in receiving TDs. Who is the best wide receiver in the Pac-12? If you polled general managers and scouts before the... more

The NFL's transformation into a passing league has made it imperative for every offense to prominently feature a dynamic pass catcher in the game plan. With league rules restricting significant contact in the defensive backfield, receivers with explo... more

Associated Press Wisconsin RBs Melvin Gordon and James White have each rushed for 11 touchdowns this season. Melvin Gordon and James White could change the perception of the Wisconsin running back in NFL circles. For years, NFL scouts have... more

USA TODAY Sports Stanford LBs Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov dominated in the Cardinal's win over Oregon. Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy were already household names in the Pac-12 conference, but the NFL world has been buzzing about the duo in... more

As we enter the 12th week of the college football season, the cream is starting to rise to the top in the quarterback rankings. Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron have set themselves apart from the pack with their stead... more

Entering this season, the San Francisco 49ers were expected to contend for a Super Bowl title. In addition to a stout defense, Jim Harbaugh's team was supposed to feature a dynamic offense with a rising star at quarterback. However, the 49ers have... more

Dave Martin/Associated Press Alabama's AJ McCarron will attract attention from NFL teams in search of a QB with winning traits. AJ McCarron has earned the dreaded "game manager" label from skeptics clouded by his modest individual statistics... more

Jadeveon Clowney is the best defensive prospect to ever step between the lines, right? That was the buzz that dominated football conversations after Clowney obliterated Michigan's Vincent Smith with a hit that made every highlight reel for the next... more

The college football season is reaching the tipping point, with several big games on the docket over the next few weeks. The performances of the quarterbacks is often the deciding factor in these matchups, providing evaluators with plenty of chances... more

Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP MikeMcCoy spent four seasons with the Denver Broncos before becoming head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Whenever a player or coach faces a former team, he has the opportunity to take advantage of the secrets and... more

Chuck Burton/Associated Press Florida State running back James Wilder, Jr. is just one of the many weapons Jameis Winston has at his disposal. For all of the attention Jameis Winston has received as the key to Florida State's re-emergence as... more

Stew Milne / Associated Press Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch ranks fourth in the FCS with 1,150 rushing yards. If an NFL offensive coordinator wants to add an explosive element to his game plan next season, I would suggest taking a long,... more

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun has scored three touchdowns this season. The NFL is such a copycat league that scouts are always comparing current prospects to former pros. This is especially true... more

Whenever a cornerback is labeled "nickel" corner in the scouting process, some observers view it as a slight to a prospect's game. However, defensive coaches consider it the most difficult position to fill, based on the tremendous challenges associat... more

October

As the 2013 college football season enters its 10th week of play, we are starting to see some of the top quarterbacks separate from the pack with their performances. Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston have emerged as the frontrun... more

It goes without saying that Calvin Johnson, who shattered Jerry Rice's NFL single-season record for receiving yards in 2012 (1,964, breaking the old mark of 1,848), should be considered the best receiver in the league today. Some might even suggest... more

Nick Lucero / NFL Pedestrian performances in back-to-back losses have dropped the NFL draft stock of UCLA's Brett Hundley. In his weekly Scout's Take notebook, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks takes a look at the biggest developments in college... more

In every draft, there are a handful of players that earn the "risk-reward" designation on draft boards across the league. These guys exhibit tremendous athletic potential on the field but are beset with character flaws and behavioral issues that lead... more

The college football season is just nine weeks old, but I've never seen better quarterback play at this level. Now, I know traditionalists will likely disagree with my assertion, but signal callers across the country are putting up ridiculous... more

They're back! That's what the NFL world is saying about the Carolina Panthers, who have reeled off three wins in four games to insert themselves into the playoff conversation . Carolina (3-3) has reached the .500 mark by exhibiting a level of... more

AP Photo/Gerry Broome North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron could have a major impact on an offense once he gets to the NFL. In his weekly Scout's Take notebook, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks takes a look at the biggest developments in college... more

For years, the Wizard of Westwood moniker has belonged to John Wooden, but the revival of UCLA's football program under the direction of Brett Hundley should prompt Bruins fans to affix the nickname to the young superstar quarterback. The redsh... more

The College Football 24/7 Quarterback Tracker is supposed to focus on the best-performing quarterbacks in the college game, but I can't avoid speculating about the pro potential of the outstanding collection of quarterbacks playing on Saturdays.... more

Robert Griffin III's highly anticipated return at the outset of this season was supposed to trigger an inspired NFC East title defense from the Washington Redskins. However, the second-year pro has struggled to find his rhythm, and the Redskins' offe... more

In his weekly Scout's Take notebook, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks takes a look at the biggest developments in college football and how the NFL community is reacting to them. Last week's nationally televised game between Rutgers and Teddy... more

The quickest way to transform the fortunes of an NFL franchise is to draft a transcendent star quarterback. History is littered with examples of superstar quarterbacks orchestrating impressive turnarounds for struggling franchises, particularly those... more

The college football season is at the midway point, and we are starting to see the cream rise to the top in the quarterback tracker rankings. Led by Johnny Manziel, Tajh Boyd and Teddy Bridgewater, the headliners of a deep and talented collection of... more

With Michael Vick's hamstring injury, Nick Foles is expected to step into the starting quarterback role for the Philadelphia Eagles' road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . This news has led to speculation that coach Chip Kelly might be forced... more

Phil Sears / Associated Press Jameis Winston's ability to extend plays only adds to his repertoire of dynamic skills. In his weekly Scout's Take notebook, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks takes a look at the biggest developments in college... more

Raj Mehta / USA TODAY Sports Ohio State's Bradley Roby has been criticized for his performance against Wiscosnin WR Jared Abbrederis. The sophistication of the NFL passing game enables savvy offensive coordinators to exploit mismatches on th... more

There's nothing like watching top players duke it out in a big game with national championship implications on the line. While it is probably a bit of an exaggeration to suggest either LSU or Georgia as a legitimate national title contender, there is... more

In his weekly Scout's Take notebook, former NFL scout Bucky Brooks takes a look at the biggest developments in college football and how the NFL community is reacting to them. The college football world has been buzzing following USC's dismissa... more

The Cleveland Browns seemingly raised the white flag on the 2013 season when they shipped Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts a couple of weeks ago following an 0-2 start. Most observers, myself included, believed the rest of this year could... more

September

The changing nature of the football landscape has led offensive coordinators to covet quarterbacks with a combination of arm talent, athleticism and savvy. The top quarterbacks at every level have the ability to torment the defense with their arm and... more

Who says coaching doesn't matter? I hope that LSU fans have a better appreciation for quality coaching after watching new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron work his magic with Zach Mettenberger. The former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator h... more

This week's list doesn't feature major surprises at the top of the board, but a few unheralded signal callers crack the lineup with Missouri's James Franklin and Ohio State's Kenny Guiton earning distinction. While most expected Franklin to enjoy a... more

If you thought the Indianapolis Colts were one-year wonders -- based on their 2012 storybook ride into the playoffs -- you thought wrong. We're witnessing the emergence of a new bully in the AFC. Fresh off a statement win over the San Francisco... more

Gerald Herbert/Associated Press LSU running back Jeremy Hill has off-field issues, but there's no doubting his ability on the field. The classic, downhill running back is on the verge of extinction in college football, but that only makes NF... more

David J. Phillip / Associated Press Texas A&M WR Mike Evans dismantled the Alabama defense in the Aggies' loss last weekend. The college football world tuned in to watch AJ McCarron and Johnny Manziel shoot it out when Alabama visited Texas... more

This week's list features a bit of a surprise at the top of the board, with Oregon's Marcus Mariota supplanting Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater at the No. 1 spot. Although Bridgewater has continued to play at a high level early in the season, Mariota'... more

The AFC West was expected to be one of the weakest divisions in the NFL, but the surprising emergence of the Kansas City Chiefs as a playoff contender threatens to debunk that notion. The Chiefs have dispatched a pair of opponents in impressive fashi... more

Prior to Alabama's highly anticipated matchup against Texas A&M last week, I believed quarterback AJ McCarron to be much more than a game manager (I wrote about it here , here and here ). My viewpoint remains the same after watching McCarron's impre... more

When Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron take the field in one of the biggest games of the college football season, NFL scouts will spend most of the day comparing and contrasting their impressive games. While each guy brings a set of skills that is condu... more

The college football season is only three weeks old, but quarterbacks are already making strong statements about their talent and potential with their play on the field. Last week, Michigan's Devin Gardner had a coming out party in the Wolverines' 41... more

Now this is the Reggie Bush I expected would rip up the NFL from the get-go. Racking up 191 total yards on 25 touches in the Detroit Lions' 34-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings , Bush was sensational as a runner/receiver on the fast track at Ford... more

When I was an NFL scout, there was nothing like watching a prospect play in a big game to determine if he had the goods to play at the next level. After witnessing Michigan's Devin Gardner's performance against Notre Dame Saturday night, I'm convinc... more

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press In just a little over one season, Duke Johnson has established himself as one of the nation's top running backs. The University of Miami has featured some of the top running backs in college football history,... more

The advent of social media has made life tougher on scouts since top prospects are touted as sure bets based on a flash on a highlight reel. However, there are rare instances where a prospect lives up to billing, which is why NFL evaluators are smitt... more

The Green Bay Packers made a concerted effort to revamp their running game when they selected a pair of running backs, Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, in the 2013 NFL Draft. I believe this infusion of talent in the backfield, particularly Lacy, co... more

AP Photo / Eric Gay While Johnny Manziel's antics rub some the wrong way, there have been many star NFL QBs with similar on-field swagger. I might be the one dissenting voice in the room, but I believe the criticism of Manziel's behavior in... more

August

When Georgia visits Death Valley on Saturday to take on Clemson, a host of NFL executives and scouts will pay close attention to what unfolds on the field. While both teams have a number of NFL-caliber playmakers running around on both sides of the b... more

We might be hours away from kickoff of the 2013 college football season, but NFL scouts have been researching a deep and talented pool of quarterbacks for some time now. In fact, the depth of the next few QB classes is so impressive I believe it was... more

The start of the college football season signals the beginning of a fact-finding mission for NFL scouts. Most will enter the fall with a host of questions surrounding the top prospects in the country, with the answers ultimately determining which guy... more

Preseason football is not an accurate predictor of regular-season success, but you certainly can track trends that will appear on the field when the real action commences. In the 2013 preseason, I see more and more teams turning to no-huddle offense... more

For all of the attention Brian Kelly receives for his offensive wizardry, it has been his commitment to building a powerhouse defensive line that has keyed Notre Dame's return to prominence. Of course, we have always heard coaches wax poetic about... more

The six-game suspension of All-Pro linebacker Von Miller will force the Denver Broncos to alter their approach on both sides of the ball. This development not only impacts the philosophies and schemes devised by John Fox and his coaching staff, but... more

As a young scout for the Seattle Seahawks, I learned from wily defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes that playmakers are valued at a premium on defense. He repeatedly told me defenders with a proven track record of delivering game-changing plays should be... more

Uh-oh! That was the collective reaction of defensive coordinators around the NFL when the New England Patriots' offense rolled in their preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Of course, preseason performances are not always reliabl... more

The proliferation of the spread offense (and read-option) in football has led college and NFL defensive coordinators to covet multidimensional linebackers with exceptional athleticism and playmaking skills. Ideally, edge players in hybrid 3-4/4-3... more

The preseason is all about finding answers to the burning questions that dominated the offseason. Coaches are assessing schemes to see if they'll be effective in game action, while scouts are checking out players to see if the biggest roster holes ha... more

Which cornerback is the most dangerous defender: Marcus Roberson or Loucheiz Purifoy ? That's the dilemma SEC quarterbacks will face on a weekly basis when deciding which of the Florida Gators' ultra-talented cornerbacks should be targeted in the... more

To field a legitimate contender in today's NFL, a head coach must first focus on building a team capable of competing with the heavyweights in the division. In the NFC South, that means having a squad that can match the firepower of the Atlanta Fal... more

A few weeks ago, I created a bit of a stir when I touted Miami's Stephen Morris as arguably the most talented quarterback in college football . My proclamation came after witnessing Morris light it up at the Manning Passing Academy in workouts. The... more

The running back position has been devalued in the NFL, but coaches will still find a role for runners who exhibit game-changing skills. One player who will prompt evaluators to reassess their thoughts on the position is Arizona junior Ka'Deem Carey.... more

July

With the Chicago Bears, it has always been about defense. From George Halas' heyday to the reincarnation of the "Monsters of the Midway" under Mike Ditka, this organization has always leaned on its defense to spearhead championship pursuits. Th... more

Who is the best player in college football? When I posed that question to several players at Pac-12 Media Day last week, I expected to hear the names Jadeveon Clowney or Johnny Manziel. But the most common name mentioned was Marqise Lee. Of course,... more

There is little doubt that quarterback play ultimately determines which teams emerge as contenders in the NFL. Teams with top-notch quarterbacks typically remain in the hunt, while all others tend to fall by the wayside. Given that premise, I thoug... more

The impressive pro debuts of Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson have changed the way the NFL views dual-threat quarterbacks. Instead of casting aside mobile playmakers in favor of traditional pocket passers, teams are... more

Does character really matter? A question that has garnered a lot of attention over the years in NFL war rooms around draft season -- when college prospects are being scrutinized beyond the playing field -- has become a big discussion point more... more

Who's on the spot in 2013? On Monday, I identified one player on each AFC team . Now it's time to spotlight the NFC representatives. Some are green, some are seasoned vets, but all of the players listed below head into the 2013 campaign facing a grea... more

With training camps opening across the NFL this week, players are beginning the final push for the 2013 campaign. While everyone is under the microscope at the dawn of a new season, some guys demand more attention than others. Below, you'll find one... more

In my NFL career, I was fortunate enough to play on the same teams as three Hall of Fame defensive ends (Derrick Thomas , Reggie White and Bruce Smith ), but I've never seen a young edge rusher with the talent and potential of South Carolina's Jadev... more

After taking some time to dig into the 2012 college game tape and have a few conversations with my scouting buddies around the NFL, I came up with a list of 10 unheralded prospects to watch in the fall.... more

The ink is barely dry on the 2013 NFL Draft sheets, but already scouts are looking ahead to the 2014 NFL Draft. While it is too early to make hard assessments on the depth and talent of the overall class, it appears teams looking for quarterbacks, sk... more

The changing dynamics of the NFL these days have led title contenders to rely on explosive offenses rather than shutdown defenses. Teams lucky enough to land an elite quarterback often build around the talents of their marquee star. From... more

THIBODAUX, La. -- When I was a young scout with the Seattle Seahawks, I remember then-coach Mike Holmgren and Ted Thompson (who was in the Seahawks' front office at the time) stressing the importance of evaluating quarterbacks in person. Extens... more

The toughest job for an offensive play caller is designing a system that maximizes the talents of the roster, particularly those of the quarterback. The task is more difficult when the team is heading into training camp without a clear-cut starter at... more

In the NFL, quarterbacks ultimately are judged by their ability to bring home the brass ring. Signal-callers who nab the ultimate prize reside among the legends of the game, while their unsuccessful counterparts routinely get cast aside among the... more

It happens every fall. A player bursts onto the scene, makes a big play or helps his team win a pivotal game, and the collective football world celebrates his arrival as a true difference maker in the NFL. Let's get ahead of the curve! In advance of... more

It happens every fall. A player bursts onto the scene, makes a big play or helps his team win a pivotal game, and the collective football world celebrates his arrival as a true difference maker in the NFL. Let's get ahead of the curve! In advance of... more

It happens every fall. A player bursts onto the scene, makes a big play or helps his team win a pivotal game, and the collective football world celebrates his arrival as a true difference maker in the NFL. Let's get ahead of the curve! In advance of... more

It happens every fall. A player bursts onto the scene, makes a big play or helps his team win a pivotal game, and the collective football world celebrates his arrival as a true difference maker in the NFL. Let's get ahead of the curve! In advance of... more

It happens every fall. A player bursts onto the scene, makes a big play or helps his team win a pivotal game, and the collective football world celebrates his arrival as a true difference maker in the NFL. Let's get ahead of the curve! In advance of... more

June

It happens every fall. A player bursts onto the scene, makes a big play or helps his team win a pivotal game, and the collective football world celebrates his arrival as a true difference maker in the NFL. Let's get ahead of the curve! In advance of... more

It happens every fall. A player bursts onto the scene, makes a big play or helps his team win a pivotal game, and the collective football world celebrates his arrival as a true difference maker in the NFL. Let's get ahead of the curve! In advance of... more

It happens every fall. A player bursts onto the scene, makes a big play or helps his team win a pivotal game, and the collective football world celebrates his arrival as a true difference maker in the NFL. Let's get ahead of the curve! In advance of... more

It happens every fall. A player bursts onto the scene, makes a big play or helps his team win a pivotal game, and the collective football world celebrates his arrival as a true difference maker in the NFL. Let's get ahead of the curve! In advance of... more

To maintain a championship-caliber roster, NFL executives and coaches must routinely evaluate their personnel and establish a hierarchy at each position. These determinations impact which guys are re-signed in free agency and how teams feature player... more

If you live by the blitz, then you die by the blitz. Those words are uttered frequently in defensive meeting rooms across the NFL. They also capture the disposition of Rex Ryan heading into a make-or-break year with the New York Jets. Instant De... more

The need to diversify the passing game to combat Tampa 2 coverage has made the slot receiver a valuable weapon for offensive coordinators around the NFL. Astute play callers frequently align their top receiver in the slot to take advantage of favorab... more

Does the play caller really matter? Breer: Who's really in charge? When it comes to building an NFL roster, hierarchies vary from team to team. Albert Breer reveals all 32 power structures. More ... In the NFL, there's no doubt about it... more

The New England Patriots have owned the AFC East for the better part of a decade, but this could be the year the Miami Dolphins supplant Tom Brady and Co. atop the division. Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin have assembled an offense with the potential to... more

It goes without saying that drafting is an inexact science. Despite spending countless hours poring over tape, conducting interviews and scrutinizing workouts, scouts often are unable to definitively project a prospect's pro potential. Schein:... more

JaMarcus Russell might be the biggest flop in NFL history, but I'm certain he will be on an NFL roster in 2013. I know that statement will draw the ire of Raider Nation, based on Russell's disastrous tenure in Oakland, but he is too young (27) and... more

"It's now or never!" That's the common refrain uttered in meeting rooms across the NFL when general managers, coaches and scouts convene to discuss the fates of former top picks who are underperforming. As a rule, teams will give first-round pic... more

General managers and scouts will often give top draft picks three seasons of playing time before making definitive judgments about their abilities. This is to allow blue-chip prospects enough time to hone their skills and fully maximize their immense... more

May

The Cleveland Browns' offense has been short on surprises in recent years. The unit has finished among the NFL's worst in each of the past three seasons, ranking a dismal 25th in total offense (and averaging just 18.9 points per game) in 2012. Such... more

The devaluation of the running back position has been fueled by the belief among NFL coaches and scouts that talented runners can be identified at any stage of the draft. From Terrell Davis to Willie Parker, teams have routinely discovered gems in... more

Which quarterback would you want to lead your franchise over the next 10 years: Andrew Luck or Colin Kaepernick? That's the question I posed on Twitter a few days ago to see if NFL fans preferred a traditional quarterback or a dual-threat playmak... more

The pre-draft evaluation process can be unkind to prospects without exceptional athletic attributes. The emphasis on workouts in shorts and shirts means quality football players with a perceived lack of explosiveness can be overlooked. However, talen... more

The process of building a Super Bowl champion starts with constructing a team that has the capacity to win a division. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013. Voting ends May 31. Get your vote in. More ...... more

Matt Barkley could be the next Tom Brady and should be the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback of the future. Brandt: Ready-to-go rookies Gil Brandt looks beyond the prospects picked in Round 1 to find nine rookies in a position to make an immedia... more

Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012, but his pro potential remains very much up in the air. Johnny Manziel, better known as "Johnny Football," might be the best player in college... more

As the dust settles following the 2013 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look at how each team fared, handing out grades and highlighting notable picks. He tackles the NFC West below. Click here for other divisions. The ar... more

As the dust settles following the 2013 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look at how each team fared, handing out grades and highlighting notable picks. He tackles the AFC West below. Click here for other divisions. Peyton... more

As the dust settles following the 2013 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look at how each team fared, handing out grades and highlighting notable picks. He tackles the AFC South below. Click here for other divisions. The... more

As the dust settles following the 2013 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look at how each team fared, handing out grades and highlighting notable picks. He tackles the NFC South below. Click here for other divisions. The... more

As the dust settles following the 2013 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look at how each team fared, handing out grades and highlighting notable picks. He tackles the AFC North below. Click here for other divisions. The... more

As the dust settles following the 2013 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look at how each team fared, handing out grades and highlighting notable picks. He tackles the NFC North below. Click here for other divisions. Jerem... more

April

Now that the 2013 NFL Draft is over, it's time to take stock of how each team fared. Bucky Brooks takes a division-by-division look, assigning grades and highlighting notable picks. AFC East » Buffalo Bills: Putting their faith in draft-day... more

As the dust settles following the 2013 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look at how each team fared, handing out grades and highlighting notable picks. He tackles the NFC East below. Click here for other divisions. The NF... more

As the dust settles following the 2013 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look at how each team fared, handing out grades and highlighting notable picks. He tackles the AFC East below. Click here for other divisions. The Ne... more

Associated Press Teddy Bridgewater, Jadeveon Clowney and Marqise Lee (from left to right) demand attention at the college level. The ink is barely dry on the 2013 NFL Draft sheets, but already scouts are looking ahead to the 2014 NFL Draft.... more

If you ask any current or former NFL scout how long it takes to determine the quality of a draft class, they will quickly suggest waiting at least three years. However, in the age of instant gratification/analysis, we are effusive in praise and... more

Associated Press Despite his USC pedigree, Matt Barkley went untouched through the first three rounds of the draft. Astute evaluators can find quality players at every stage of the draft, which makes Day 3 an important one in the minds of... more

NEW YORK -- The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft was full of surprises, which left several blue-chip prospects on the board heading into the second day of the event. From Geno Smith and Matt Barkley to Tank Carradine and Manti Te'o , several Pro... more

The days leading up to the NFL draft are nerve-racking for general managers and scouts. In addition to researching and evaluating all of the players in the draft, teams have worked through all of the possible scenarios to come up with a game plan for... more

The 2013 NFL Draft has been lauded for the depth and talent in the second/third-round range. Executives have openly discussed the minimal differences between the 10th-ranked player and those ranked in the 40s. This assessment has not only led many... more

NFL executives and scouts have characterized the 2013 NFL Draft class as one that lacks superstar talent at the top of the board but is littered with quality prospects down the line. John Elway, Denver Broncos' executive vice president of footb... more

I've always wondered how different the NFL draft would be if it were conducted immediately after the regular season. Evaluators would make draft decisions based solely on grades compiled from film study, avoiding the influence of spectacular workouts... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The 2013 NFL Super Regional Combine at Cowboys Stadium was a showcase event for the underrated and overlooked prospects in this year's draft class. These players -- many of whom hail from small schools and have obscure backgrounds... more

It really takes three seasons to accurately grade a draft class, but at this point, the 2011 NFL Draft looks like one of the most talent-laden crops in NFL history. From top to bottom, the draft produced numerous game changers with the potential to... more

Which Nnamdi Asomugha will show up in San Francisco? That's the question scouts around the NFL are mulling over, with the three-time Pro Bowler agreeing to a one-year deal (worth up to $3 million) with the two-time reigning NFC West champions... more

Kevin Terrell/Associated Press KevinKolb's numbers actually weren't that bad with the Arizona Cardinals, but his injury history remains a concern. The Buffalo Bills and veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb have agreed to a two-year contract worth... more

March

The end of the pro day circuit signals the beginning of pre-draft meetings for most organizations around the league. Scouts convene at team facilities for the next few weeks to put the finishing touches on the draft board prior to April's event. Alt... more

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Tyrann Mathieu was considered one of the top defenders in college football until a series of off-the-field incidents prematurely ended his career at LSU. Mathieu's character concerns dominated the discussion about him in the ensu... more

Associated Press Alex Smith, Ed Reed and Elvis Dumervil (from left to right) promise to make noise with their new teams in 2013. The key to building a consistent winner in the NFL is drafting and developing your own talent. While the top... more

Rick Osentoski/Associated Press JayCutler is not a run-first quarterback, but his athleticism is a good fit for the Chicago Bears' revamped offense. Marc Trestman set the football world abuzz when he announced his plans to incorporate the... more

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mike Glennon is a franchise quarterback. That statement certainly will draw the ire of evaluators with a lesser opinion of the North Carolina State product, but my experience in the NFL as a player and scout leads me to believe Gle... more

The Seattle Seahawks have climbed into the ranks of the NFL's elite by stockpiling top-notch playmakers on both sides of the ball. Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have been daring and courageous in their pursuit of blue-chip tal... more

Associated Press Wes Welker (left) has eclipsed 100 catches in five of the last six years, but Danny Amendola is four years younger. Wes Welker's exit from the New England Patriots for greener pastures with the Denver Broncos sent shockwaves... more

The Buffalo Bills' decision to drop quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will certainly alter the team's approach heading into the 2013 NFL Draft. General manager Buddy Nix has gone on the record with his desire to find a franchise quarterback this year .... more

Associated Press Wide receivers MikeWallace (left) and GregJennings are poised to strike it rich when free agency begins. The transformation of the NFL into a passing league has turned receivers into marquee players on the free-agent market... more

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Is Ryan Nassib really a franchise quarterback? Breer: 2013 QB class unsettled Think Geno Smith is a lock to be the first QB drafted? Think again. Albert Breer says others still have time to climb. More ... That's the quest... more

Production or potential? That's the question scouts must address when assessing Dion Jordan . With a spectacular performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, the former Oregon standout proved himself to be one of the top athletes in the 2013 NFL D... more

The process of building a draft board is exhaustive, with scouts and coaches picking apart game tape and workouts to determine which prospects are worthy of high grades. Although scouts are taught to base their evaluations primarily on game tape, the... more

Shhhh! I'm about to let you in on a little secret that is circulating through scouting circles following the NFL Scouting Combine: Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell is the best running back in the 2013 NFL Draft, and it's not even close. Now, I... more

February

INDIANAPOLIS -- Scouts and coaches will tell you that most evaluators leave the NFL Scouting Combine with more questions than answers after watching top prospects work out for four days in Indianapolis. With a little bit of time to reflect on the... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine has officially concluded, but scouts are still talking about the impressive collection of defensive backs that was on the field Tuesday. Evaluators saw several standout performances that certainly enhance... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The third day of workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine featured defensive linemen and linebackers. Most observers have cited the front seven as one of the strengths of the draft, and scouts were paying close attention to the standouts... more

Michael Conroy/Associated Press Quarterback Tyler Bray threw 34 touchdown passes (to 12 interceptions) during his final season at Tennessee. INDIANAPOLIS -- Tyler Bray might be the most gifted passer in the 2013 NFL Draft, but teams haven't... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Who is Cordarrelle Patterson ? That might be the question on the minds of casual NFL draft observers after seeing the Tennessee wide receiver's name posted at the top of the charts , but scouts and coaches can't stop raving about t... more

Associated Press West Virginia quarterback GenoSmith (left) offers a similar game to former No. 1 overall pick SamBradford. The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is on the horizon, which means evaluators are working around the clock to finish up... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL Manti Te'o hopes, in the eyes of NFL evaluators, his on-field play overshadows the recent girlfriend hoax incident. Manti Te'o was considered one of the crown jewels of the 2013 NFL Draft class following a spectacular regul... more

USA TODAY Sports/Associated Press SMU's Margus Hunt (left) and BYU's Ezekiel Ansah are both new to football, but their versatility entices scouts. The biggest challenge when it comes to evaluating college players is accurately projecting thei... more

The NFL Scouting Combine is a proving ground for NFL hopefuls, but most of the work is done behind closed doors. Prospects must convince general managers, scouts and coaches they can handle the rigors of the pro game by delivering impressive answers... more

Thomas Campbell /USA TODAY Sports Luke Joeckel is one of the top prospects in the draft, with most expecting the tackle to make an instant impact. Offensive tackles have always been valued at a premium, but with the NFL's recent transformatio... more

At the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVII, coaches and scouts across the NFL immediately turned their attention to the 2013 NFL Draft . Team officials are busy at work this week putting together their initial draft boards heading into the NFL Scouting Co... more

At the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVII, coaches and scouts across the NFL immediately turned their attention to the 2013 NFL Draft. Team officials are busy this week putting together their initial draft boards ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine. While... more

The copycat nature of the NFL prompts executives and coaches to closely study the reigning Super Bowl champions each year for insight on how to claim future Lombardi Trophies. Following their 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens ha... more

January

When Jim Caldwell replaced Cam Cameron as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator following a Week 14 loss to the Washington Redskins , few were expecting the first-time play caller to resurrect an offense that had struggled to find an identity... more

The best coaches in the NFL understand that their teams must evolve over the course of the season, to maximize the strengths of their personnel. The evolution of the San Francisco 49ers' offense has resulted in the clever postseason utilization of th... more

The 2013 draft class has been described as a group devoid of star power at the quarterback position. In fact, cynics have suggested that none of the quarterbacks in this year's class will be able to match the immediate impact and production of recent... more

MOBILE, Ala. -- The first few practices at the Senior Bowl are routinely marred by inconsistent play from top prospects, due to the anxiety of performing in a stadium full of scouts, coaches and general managers. Evaluators certainly understand the... more

Associated Press N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon (left) and BYU pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah could shoot up draft boards. The Senior Bowl (Sat., 4 p.m. ET, NFL Network) is the premier game on the college football all-star circuit. NFL scouts... more

The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers have traveled an arduous path to Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens, who are chasing the second Super Bowl title in franchise history, battled through a spate of defensive injuries while the offense forged an... more

The NFC Championship Game features quite a matchup: the high-powered offense of the Atlanta Falcons taking on a San Francisco 49ers defense that is regarded as one of the best in the NFL. While traditionalists still believe that defense wins... more

TAMPA, Fla. -- Don't expect Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein to embrace a move to another position in the NFL. "I know I'm a quarterback," the highly decorated playmaker emphatically told me during an interview for an upcoming episode of... more

Now, that we've reached the Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft, scouts are working hard to put together draft boards that accurately reflect the available talent in this year's class. Although each team's draft ranki... more

The East-West Shrine Game (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, NFL Network) is a must-see stop on the college all-star circuit because it routinely showcases some of the sleeper prospects with the potential to become difference-makers at the next level. At last... more

We're down to the final four teams in the NFL playoffs, and there isn't a clear-cut favorite to take home the Lombardi Trophy. Each team can advance to Super Bowl XLVII if it's able to play on its own terms on Championship Sunday -- something that is... more

The selection of the Pro Bowl roster is akin to a popularity contest in high school, with established names taking precedence over the performance and production of unheralded players. The All-Pro team, on the other hand, is a true representation of... more

Wild Card Weekend is history, and now it's time for the top-seeded teams in the AFC and NFC to enter the playoff fray. The stakes couldn't be higher in the divisional round, with the right to play on Championship Sunday on the line. Let's take a clos... more

There's nothing like watching playoff football at this time of the year. Coaches and players approach the game with a renewed sense of urgency; with a spot in the conference championship game on the line, it's "win or go home." Given the level of par... more

NFL/US Presswire Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (left) and Alabama guard Chance Warmack both project as first-rounders in April. The BCS Championship Game is always a must-see event for NFL scouts because it routinely features the best... more

Associated Press Wild-card opponents MarshawnLynch (left) and AlfredMorris are two of the NFL's most punishing running backs. Who says the running back position has been devalued? That certainly is not the opinion of most playoff... more

Associated Press/NFL/US Presswire Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Mike Glennon (left to right) could be the first three quarterbacks selected in April. It's not a coincidence that the majority of coaches and general managers who were displaced... more

December

Associated Press Wisconsin's Montee Ball (left) and Stanford's Stepfan Taylor are two of the top running backs in college football. Last week, I took a look at many of the top college football prospects getting a chance to shine on the stage... more

What's wrong with the San Francisco 49ers' defense? That's the question likely running rampant through the minds of offensive coordinators around the NFL after seeing the Niners surrender