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Dec 28, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young (2) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 Fiesta Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Why sprinting to the podium at No. 2 overall with Chase Young on the card might be a bad idea

On the surface, it looks like Chase Young is an easy choice at this spot. After all, Young is almost unanimously considered to be the best defensive player in the draft and may even be the best defensive prospect we've seen in several years, as he had the highest single-season pass-rushing grade we've ever measured. During his time at Ohio State, his 95.4 pass-rushing grade comfortably bested the performances of fellow Ohio State products Nick Bosa (93.7) and Joey Bosa (93.0). Read more…


The 100 best available NFL free agents in 2020

Many of the players topping the list of upcoming free agents will not get as far as the open market and will instead be slapped with the franchise tag, asked to either play out the 2020 season under that one-year guaranteed figure or work out a new deal under that tag. For the moment, though, this is the list of the best players slated to come available when free agency opens. Read more…


Examining the stacked interior defender class in 2020 NFL free agency

It’s a good time to be a team short on interior defenders. While prospects such as Derrick Brown and Javon Kinlaw headline an intriguing draft class, the collegiate ranks aren’t the only talent pool open for business this offseason. There are 16 interior defenders ranked on PFF’s list of the top 100 free agents available this offseason, tied for the most of any position. From full-fledged stars to rotational run-stuffers, teams will have their pick of big bodies to add inside. They just need to make sure they make the right decisions at the right price. Read more…


How the New England Patriots can address their wide receiver dilemma this offseason

Tom Brady is scheduled to hit free agency, coming off the worst season he has had in more than a decade. And as I wrote last week, he was the victim of one of the worst receiving corps in the NFL last season. If the Patriots want to tempt him back to Foxborough to play another year or two — and given their alternative options, you have to think they desperately want to — they need to attack their lack of weapons in the passing game hard this offseason. Read more…


Models for the top QBs in the 2020 NFL Draft

As we begin to evaluate the top quarterbacks in the 2020 draft class, we need to remind ourselves that today's successful NFL quarterbacks have each developed in different ways and at different times in their careers. Simply put, some quarterbacks experienced immediate success, while others needed more time to develop. Here is a look at four unique categories that best describe how several of today's top NFL passers became successful, and how they could serve as a model for PFF's highest-ranked quarterbacks in this year's draft class. Read more…


 

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