NFL draft buzz: Tempering the hype on QB class
With the NFL draft only 10 days away, the Internet is overrun with draft content - both good and bad. So we thought we’d sort through it all for you during this run up to the draft and compile some of the best draft content each and every day.
We’ll start with the latest from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, who did a deep dive on what NFL teams are thinking about one of the draft’s premiere signal callers in UCLA’s Josh Rosen.
Does Josh Rosen love football?
That question hangs over every team with a need at quarterback right now. They've spent months trying to answer it—digging in on the talented but polarizing UCLA star's background, mental wiring and character.
And what have they found?
Bleacher Report spent the past month doing our own investigation into the investigation, so to speak, asking scouts, coaches and executives what conclusions they've reached. We also channeled our inner Rosen, asking those NFL decision-makers: Why does this question matter so much, and what does it even mean?
"You try to talk to [the player] about the nuances of the position," one scout said when asked how and why he attempts to determine if a prospect loves football. "Does he want to work at it? Not just during the season, but what's he going to do all offseason?"
In other words, teams want a player, and especially a quarterback, to be personally invested enough that they know he'll do what it takes to better himself as a professional.
Speaking of Rosen, Rotoworld and NBC Sports draft analyst Josh Norris has him as his number one QB:
Peter King tempers the hype around this quarterback class in his Monday Morning Quarterback column:
Pro Football Focus is here to shatter one draft myth at a time:
There’s an age old saying in football that one should always wait three years to judge a draft class. Arif Hasan keeps that in mind as he looks at which draft analysts constructed the best “Big Boards” back in 2015.
Jon Ledyard does great work for NDT Scouting breaking down each and every prospect heading into the draft and today he gives us his final positional rankings for the 2018 class:
Here are the rules of the draft:
Daniel Jeremiah’s Move the Sticks podcasts are not to be missed if you want to stay on top of everything around the NFL draft:
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. discusses where Shaquem Griffin might end up:
Todd McShay has his top 108 prospects split into tiers:
Painful bit of draft history for teams that passed on Tom Brady:
The crew at Rotoworld takes a look at the running back class:
Speaking of running backs, Football Outsiders talks backs and highlights San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny in particular:
Luke Easterling tries to figure out which teams are most likely to trade up in the first round:
NFL Media’s Adam Rank gives us what he thinks each team should do in the first round:
Former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman will be covering the draft for the first time as an analyst for FOX Sports. He sat down with Ed Werder to talk about that and a bunch of other things:
Only 10 days to go: