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There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for red-shirt junior receiver Chad Hansen, Cal Golden Bears.

WR-Chad Hansen, California 6’2” 202 lbs.

This year’s receiver class has been described as wide, meaning that many different types of receivers with many unique skill sets. I don’t see Hansen as a number one option in an NFL passing game, but the Idaho transfer turned Golden Bear could find some success in a complementary role. Because I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the four games I reviewed of the junior play maker: 2016 contests versus Texas, Arizona State, San Diego State, and Stanford. Most of these game videos are available via Here are my thoughts: Read More »


The NFL and dynasty fantasy football are all about match ups.  One of those unique offensive weapons available in the 2016 NFL draft is South Carolina’s Pharoh Cooper.  He reminds me quite a pcooperbit of the Rams Tavon Austin with a bit more size and a little less speed when I watched a few of his college tape.  After reviewing his Miami (2014), Kentucky, Missouri, and 2014-2015 highlights, it was clear to me that Cooper has enough skills and attributes to compete at the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

WR-Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina 5′ 11″ 203 lbs.  Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s continue this 2014 version of jmatthewsthe series by looking at one of the best receivers in the 2014 NFL Draft class, Jordan Matthews.  I will look at some of his college production against his performance versus Dallas to discern his dynasty value.

Here are my thoughts after watching three games of his college play: At first glance, Matthews is a physical specimen at 6’ 2” 212 lbs., but plays larger than that.  The receiver was the first player ever to ask for tape of his opponents after his Senior Bowl invite.  It’s his work ethic and competitive nature that separates the wide out from the other talented receivers in his class, not his famous cousin Jerry Rice. Read More »

In this weekly column, I typically explore some young players who haven’t made much of a consistent impact to date on their fantasy football teams. Some players may be available on your waiver wire, some may be available via a cheap or sanumoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  This week I take a look at Jets quarterback Geno Smith and Bengals wide receiver Mohammed Sanu:

QB-Geno Smith, NYJ- This might have been the best game I saw from the second year signal caller, but it’s a far cry to say that he is more polished right now.  Against the Patriots, he made quicker decisions early on by finding an open receiver on his first or second read or deciding to scramble after the pocket crumbled around him.  I’m not sure if we will ever see him use the patience to scan the entire field before making a decision though.  The quarterback is improving on the little things: selling fake handoffs and pump fakes to slow down the rush.  I really like when the Jets roll him out to the right, this cuts the field in half for him which either opens up something downfield or creates a running lane for him to exploit.  The times Smith decided to run, he protected the ball, switching the pigskin to the arm nearest the sideline, and chose not to take unnecessary punishment. Read More »

In my weekly column, we take a long look at impact fantasy football rookies.  I compare their performance to date against my original expectations of them.  Let’s start this 2014 version of the series by looking back at Brandin Cooks.cooks

Here is what I saw in college from Cooks: The diminutive former Oregon State receiver, 5′ 10″ 189 lbs., has a huge catch radius, possesses great stop/start agility, blazing 4.31 40 speed,  along with good downfield vision. I see a rare combination of Steve Smith (big and my ball mentality) and DeSean Jackson (smoothness with acrobatics) to his game.  Cooks uses his smaller stature to motivate himself and demand the ball like Smith and Jackson do.  He has a solid Read More »

One of the biggest wide receiver risers in this year’s class is former Indiana Hoosier Cody Latimer.  The hype train is growing each day with this prospect.  He reportedly was running 40 times in the 4.60s before his pro day perhaps due to an ankle injury.  Nowclatimer it’s a few weeks later and one of the biggest reasons that he is climbing up the draft charts is that he clocked in at a humming 4.40 40 time at his pro day workout. Anyone can get a hometown stopwatch discount, is the excitement warranted?

I re-watched three of his 2013 college games: Michigan, Michigan State, and Bowling Green to get a better idea of the skill set he brings to a potential NFL team.  In trying to be balanced, I will show my bias against the rookie receiver as I was born in Ann Arbor, received my undergraduate degree from Bowling Green, and my second favorite Big Ten school (I was raised in Ohio) is the Spartans.  Read More »

After watching Twitter and the internet since returning from Mobile, there is already a consensus of people’s opinions on the so-called best NFL Draft and fantasy prospects. Much of their talents get debated over and over. I want to take a m bryantfew articles to discuss the “lesser known” for the lack of a better term. These are the players that have talent, but maybe play in smaller schools or are just less publicized than a Teddy Bridgewater, Carlos Hyde, Sammy Watkins, etc. Here are a few more of those players that might be valuable come rookie draft time:

Martavis Bryant, WR Clemson
The Clemson wide receiver not named Sammie Watkins had a very productive junior season with 42 catches for 828 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.  After you have adjusted your eyes to his 6′ 5″ 201 lbs. size, it is clear that the wide out enjoys run blocking as he steps up and gets in the defender’s face right away.  You might be asking yourself, why does that matter?  A big physical receiver that likes to block will see a lot of playing time versus a tall specialist who only gets work in three or four wide sets. Read More »

As we continue with my trip around the rookie class, I took a look at former Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson who has good size at 6’ 3” 220 lbs. and ran a 4.6 second 40 at the Combine (improved his time to the 4.5s at his pro day).  There are various feeling about him in the draftrobinson community, so I decided to watch five of his 2013 games against Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio State, University of Central Florida, and Syracuse to get a better idea of what he skills he can bring to the NFL.  Big Ten receivers have lost some credibility over the years, can Robinson reverse this trend?

The young wide receiver lines up all over the formation: in the slot, split out wide, and was occasionally sent in motion.  The first thing that jumped off the screen is that Robinson does a lot of looking around when he isn’t the primary target or when his team runs the ball.  His effort as a run blocker was lackluster.  While I understand this scouting report is more for fantasy purposes, keep in mind the better a receiver is a run blocker, the more time they will spend on the field.  The other part of his game that concerned me was his stance on the line of scrimmage.  It tipped off the defense at times which route he planned to run.  Robinson needs to get off the line of scrimmage the same way, every time.  That is not to say he could not improve in this area, but it is alarming off the bat. Read More »

One of the most discussed wide receivers in the 2014 draft class is Jordan Matthews.  There is a certain amount of excitement already built into this player.  He is the cousin of Hall of Famer receiver Jerry Rice and he had an awesome bowl matthewsgame despite having one of the worst backup quarterbacks in all of college football throwing him the pigskin.  I reviewed three of his 2013 games: Houston (bowl game before mentioned), South Carolina, and Ole Miss.  Because some of his quarterback play was so atrocious in 2013, it was also important to see how he played with a better quarterback, Jordan Rodger’s (Aaron’s little brother and Jacksonville backup), so I watched two of his 2012 games against NC State and Wake Forest.

When you first look at him, Matthews is a physical specimen.  He is 6’ 2” 212 lbs., but plays larger than that.  The receiver ran a good 40 time of 4.46 that surprised many of his critics as most expected him to be in the 4.60 range.  He was the first player ever to ask for tape of his opponents when he got invited to the Senior Bowl.  It’s his work ethic and competitive nature that will have to separate the wide out from the other talented receivers in his class. Read More »

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The World Champion Green Bay Packers were not worried about their team during the unsettled times without a CBA agreement.  The strong management and coaching staff went about business as usual by building their team in the draft and letting the free agent cards fall where they may.  The fortunate Packers selected WR Randall Cobb with the last pick of the second round.  Then the organization re-signed James Jones at the supposed insistence of Aaron Rodgers.  If last year tells us anything, Rodgers needs plenty of weapons as Green Bay doesn’t want to miss a beat when injuries strike.  The question is what impact will Cobb bring to Green Bay and how soon will he see the field?

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The era of “Air Coryell” seems to be back in San Diego.  QB Phillip Rivers has attempted at least 478 passes, thrown for over 4000 yards, and, at least, passed for 28 TDs in each of the past three years.  Rivers does not slow down for receivers’ injuries or holdouts (thanks for that Vincent Jackson).  Out of the past four years, Vincent Jackson lead Chargers receiver for two years and the other two years “Mr. Super Charger” himself, Antonio Gates, lead the team.  During the 2011 NFL Draft, the future of the Chargers WRs was much in doubt.  Vincent Jackson had filed a lawsuit against the NFL.  Every NFL organization had no idea who would be free agents, but it was very possible that both starting WRs Jackson and Malcolm Floyd could leave with little on the roster to replace them.  The Chargers decided bolster their receiving core by spending their 3rd round pick on local WR Vincent Brown, who played down the street at San Diego State. 

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