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2020 NFL Draft: Landing spots for PFF’s top 15 WR prospects

It’s widely known at this point that the 2020 wide receiver draft class is absolutely loaded. Heck, Mel Kiper has even gone on record saying he thinks 30 wide receivers will be off the board within the first three rounds. While that may be a bit of a hot take and a stretch from reality, it’s something that should happen considering it’s been proven by PFF’s Research and Development team that it’s one of the most valuable positions on the field. That being said, let’s breakdown where we would slot the top 15 wide receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft if we were acting as the decision-maker of each team. Read more…


Cam Newton should be a trade target even in a QB-rich offseason

Cam Newton is one of the league’s most enigmatic quarterbacks. With an MVP season under his belt — and all the physical tools anybody could ask for — he seems like a perfect cornerstone around which to build a franchise. So why are the Carolina Panthers potentially listening to trade offers and looking to sacrifice him as part of the organization’s rebuilding project? Read more…


It’s time to stop using Pro Bowl appearances to grade trades

The Los Angeles Chargers committed highway robbery. At least, that was the popular sentiment following their swap of Russell Okung for Trai Turner. After all, Turner has been recognized as one of the best guards in football in each of the past five seasons, earning nominations to the Pro Bowl in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Okung, on the other hand, has made just two Pro Bowls in his 10-year career, prompting the question of why the Panthers would make the deal for the lesser and older player straight up. Read more…


Ranking the NFL's top defensive play-callers

In this article, we look at the best defensive play-callers from 2019. As we talked about last week, the best defenses mitigate the damage that their lower-tier players allow, and coaching is likely a huge reason for this, as we'll discuss with the top four play-callers below. Read more…


Where mock drafts have missed positional value

This article will dig into the same dataset of mocks from two weeks before and after the Combine in 2018 and 2019. Here I’m going to dig into how well the three categories of mock drafts in the dataset (Experts, Media, Fans) predicted the total draft value spent on different positions in the first round of the mock drafts versus the actual picks come April. Read more…


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