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2020 NFL Draft: Top 10 cornerbacks by coverage situation

One of the advantages of the PFF system and database is not just that we can put an overall grade and coverage number to every single defensive back in the 2020 draft class, but that we can use that system to dive into deeper and more complex — and potentially meaningful — subsets to see how players fared. Read more…


Denzel Mims' rise up draft boards is for real

It’s easy to scoff at the use of “riser” and “faller” to describe NFL draft prospects weeks after Combine testing and months after we've seen them actually don shoulder pads for their respective universities. Often, the “movement” is just the media catching up to where some inside the NFL have always valued players. There are certain cases, though, where prospects legitimately do quell on-field concerns in the pre-draft process. That’s been true of Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims, and it’s why I believe he’s darn near a lock to be selected in the first round. Read more…


San Francisco 49ers' backfield is the prototype for modern NFL offenses

What is the value of a team’s running game, and who should bear the responsibility for its production? In years gone by, the answer would overwhelmingly have been “the running back,” as the superstar backs often garnered all the credit — and, perhaps most importantly, the majority of the compensation — but we saw a team answer differently in 2019 when the San Francisco 49ers went against the status quo by allocating a higher percentage of their salary cap toward their offensive line while dividing the rushing workload between multiple ball carriers. Read more…


Simulating the 2019 NFL playoffs under the new playoff format

In this article, though, we aren’t going to look to the future. We’re going to look at the past and take a look back at what could have been during last January’s playoffs. The recently approved collective bargaining agreement, followed by the subsequent owner’s vote, has increased the NFL playoffs from six teams in each conference to seven, expanding the wild-card playoff round to three games with the rest of the playoffs going as usual (with the second seed possibly replaced with the second-best-remaining seed getting a home game but not a bye). Read more…


The Cincinnati Bengals have rebuilt their defense

Historically, the Cincinnati Bengals have not been big players in free agency. Using PFF WAR in a player’s final season with their old team, the only team to bring in less value in free agency than the Bengals from 2006 to 2019 was the Green Bay Packers, and no team generated fewer wins above replacement on those free agent signings in the first year than Cincinnati. Of course, we at PFF recently looked at how winning the offseason can be a fallacy, highlighting the fact that players tend to see a decline in performance after joining a new team. Read more…

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