Straight from “vixticator” himself, with the following message: “Still a work in progress. Want to publish where i am now. Not necessarily a top 200 as much as how I rank whoever is on the board. Final ranking created by where it looked intuitively correct to place players, based on the information I have now. […]
Category: Player Analysis
Wide Receiver Prospects, Part 3: Using Hard Data
(See part one and part two.) Upon reviewing all the data across the major conferences, I decided the only way I could trust my evaluations of success or failure was to set an objective standard. Like I mentioned last time, I’m using PFR’s “Approximate Value” stat to compare– comparing the expected AV of a draft […]
Wide Receiver Prospects, Part 2: What About the Other Conferences?
In Part 1 of this study, I looked at Pac-12 receivers drafted in the first three rounds since 2000 and concluded their hit rate was astonishingly low. However, such a conclusion must be verified, and so I decided to compare the Pac-12’s hit rate with that of the other conferences.
Wide Receiver Prospects, Part 1: Is there a “USC Curse”?
I’ve heard a lot of chatter about the “USC receiver curse” in recent years. how highly-regarded receivers from the school have struggled at the NFL level. With Nelson Agholor being talked about as though he was struggling to adapt, and JuJu Smith-Schuster potentially a high draft selection next year, I decided to do a little research […]
Is the Drew Brees era over?
I started writing this after the Saints fell to 0-2 and it was revealed that Drew Brees injured his shoulder against Tampa Bay. With Brees missing the first game in his career due to injury in week 3 (the Saints are now 0-3), and with the team trading Akiem Hicks today for a blocking tight end, it […]
Podcast with Inside the Pylon: Saints Talk
Once again doing a little crossover work with our friends at Inside the Pylon, I appeared on their Thursday podcast to talk about the Saints’ struggles. You can listen here. (I apologize in advance for the excess of “Ummmmm”s. Even being prepared doesn’t help me in the morning.) I didn’t get to cover everything I think about the Saints’ […]
Crossover Post Part 2: Zone Reads and Inside the Pylon Discuss Patriots-Saints
Following up on my answers to the Saints questions that were posted yesterday and ran on Inside the Pylon, we had some questions for Dave Archibald and Mark Schofield from ITP about the Patriots’ outlook for this preseason. 1. The Patriots had significant turnover in the secondary. Both starting cornerbacks from last year are gone, and aside from Devin McCourty, […]
Crossover Post: Zone Reads and Inside the Pylon Discuss Patriots-Saints
The New England Patriots play the New Orleans Saints on Saturday for preseason week 2. My old college friend and roommate, Dave Archibald, a lifelong Pats fan who contributes to Inside the Pylon, reached out to me, a lifelong Saints fan, for a Q&A session about the teams and what to watch for beforehand. My answers on the Saints […]
Where should La’el Collins sign?
I don’t have anything new to add to the story of La’el Collins and his murdered ex-girlfriend. It’s a tragedy whether or not he was involved; all indicators seem to say he was not, which adds a layer of unfairness to how Collins was treated in this situation. What I do want to discuss is […]
Some helpful charts and spreadsheets for you from Day Two
I’ve linked to four spreadsheets we made over the course of the day to help with your NFL Draft experience. The first won’t be too much help now, but in case you wanted to view the Day 2 mock vixticator and I made in the afternoon, before proceedings resumed, now you can. The second is […]