Top Running Backs in NFL Draft: Jonathan Taylor

Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor called Herschel Walker the “gold standard” among college running backs. In reality, the new gold standard might be Taylor. Taylor’s 6,174 rushing yards at Wisconsin is the most ever for a running back in his first three seasons. That obliterated the previous record of 5,596 yards set by Walker while at Georgia […]

How Trey Sermon helps Ohio State, and how Ohio State helps Trey Sermon

Before Baker Mayfield tried to plant a flag in the center of the Block O, Trey Sermon stared off into the north stands of Ohio Stadium, soaking in the magnitude of his first college touchdown. Ohio State, struggling to find points all night in that 2017 game, was within a score of Oklahoma as things […]

SIS Rookie Football Handbook Preview: D’Andre Swift

Continuing our position-by-position preview of this year’s draft class, we shift our focus to running backs. As a scouting staff, we use common terminology to grade every trait that we evaluate. We use a 1-9 scale with a 1 representing a “Reject” grade and a 9 meaning a “Rare” grade for whatever trait we are […]

Grading on Salary-Cap Curve: Running Backs

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Player grades have long been a staple of postseason analysis. Ours are different. So much of building a team is doing it within the constraints of the salary cap. Teams need their big-money players to come up big and some bargain players to outplay their contracts. Thus, our annual grades are […]

Mismatches In The NFL: A Look At LB vs. WR/RB Matchups

The NFL is a matchup-driven league. On each play, there are many individual matchups occurring that can swing the outcome. Teams that can scheme more optimal matchups for themselves and mismatches for their opponents often end up with a win.  Mismatches come in many forms, such as finding a way to get Aaron Donald one […]

Where has the Patriots running game gone wrong?

The running game was supposed to be one of New England’s strengths. The Patriots were supposed to pick up where they left off. Sony Michel, assuming he could get healthy — which he eventually did after a slow start to the summer — was supposed to continue developing and help Tom Brady carry the load […]

Back to the Drawing Board: How Effective Are RB & QB Draws?

By Mark Simon, Sports Info SolutionsArticle co-authored by Nate Weller Early in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s loss to the Rams, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens called a draw play for Nick Chubb on 4th-and-9 from the Rams 40. Not surprisingly, it didn’t work. The play gained only two yards and was widely ridiculed […]

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