Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the intricacies of this league and offers a good insight into his notebook. The topics of this issue are:
»The biggest driver of this year's list of" Top 100 Players ".
»A reference to Jimmy Garoppolo
» A freshman who could help bring Denver back
But first a look at a young player who could take the league by storm in 2018 …
* * * * *
There is nothing like Proclamation Season, with coaches and players taking advantage of the potential of unannounced people at every opportunity. Usually, I just ignore these shout outs and make them part of low season food. But occasionally, some of the raging ̵
After hearing former Kansas City Chiefs rand rusher Tamba Hali rave about Patrick Mahomes on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" this week, I'm starting to plunge into the hype that swells around the second-quarterback quarterback.
"You will get a complete player," Hali said. "I mean, he's a smart player, he can throw the ball, he's athletic he's talented, you do not have to train him, in practice I would just watch him look like the guy Eric Berry, you look him and He has done it to Marcus Peters very often, people do not know what's coming, I do not want to exaggerate him, but I compare him to Brett Favre, he runs around the field and he throws the ball and he's me I just have fun. "
I know that Favre's name was kicked out a few times because of Mahome's big arm and sandlot playing style, but most of the observers who made that comparison were not in the field with the young star or kicked the Hall of Fame quarterback. That's why I'm wary of dropping the five-time Pro Bowler's comments without digging at least a bit deeper to see if Mahomes really has the gift of becoming a spectacular QB1 with extraordinary gaming abilities.
I'm a bit biased when it comes to Favre, based on my experience with him at Green Bay during the remarkable track, when he won MVP three times in a row. The 11-time Pro Bowler had a 112:42 touchdown-to-interception ratio and steered the Packers to a 37-11 mark during that period. Although Favre never achieved a 100+ passer rating during this time, and only registered a completion percentage north of 60, he was a magical playmaker with an A + play and a sense of drama.
In that sense, I think it's hard to wait for a young gunslinger who has only one career start. However, some Chiefs officials told me that visions of Mahomes becoming clone # 4 actually affected Reid's decision to spend his new QB1 in the NFL Draft 2017
[Reid] I believe Mahomes had a little favre in his game, "a former Chiefs employee told me. "We've always heard the comparisons, especially his ability to improvise and expand plays, and he loved his revolver mentality and his big arm and how he could put the ball in tight windows."
"Reid was bothered not crazy litters that Mahomes would put into circulation. All this reminded him of Favre. Remember, Reid was Favre's QB trainer in Green Bay for part of his magical run, and he knew first-hand how the former second-round pick would turn into a perennial favorite, and Star certainly has the Chiefs Mahomes was chosen as QB of the future despite the blemish in his game. Without a doubt, Mahomes was one of the most natural talented prospects in the 2017 class, but it was hard to project his potential based on his projecting sandlot game at Texas Tech. He rarely kept up with the Red Raider offensive on schedule, but his tendency to throw darts at unnecessary scrambles caused pagan spins … and reviewers to wince when he scores his volume.
"The kid was one of The Most Talented Quarterbacks I've seen, "an NFC scout told me." I like the talent and the athleticism, but I had serious questions about how a coaching staff could use his pistol running technique. I have not seen many gunslingers become controlled playmakers. … It just does not happen at this level. "
I admit to being a little slow to jump on the Mahomes hype train, and although I loved the raw talent, I thought it could become a sales machine with its aggressive mentality and reckless approach."  But Reid is the perfect coach for Mahomes – and he has put together a supporting cast troupe around his second-year QB that should help him thrive as a starter of playmakers with the speed and explosiveness to benefit from # 15 Not to mention, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce are the catch-and-run specialists with the kind of running skills that can make Kansas City's screenplay terrifying: with Reid, who is a skilled quarterback In order to play the game properly (see: Favre, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and Alex Smith, among others), it is quite possible that Mahomes in the Spectacular Spie lmacher, which many introduced When he came to the league a season ago,
In week 17, he gave the football world a taste of his remarkable talents and completed 22 of his 35 passes for 284 yards (with an interception) while playing the first win of it won career as a starter. Studying this achievement, I was impressed not only by the arm talent and athleticism, but also by his attitude under pressure, especially while he led a game-winning ride. Mahomes played like a veteran. It is easy to imagine that he will extend his game to Reid's further guardianship.
"What works for him is that he is, I think, the best coach in the league: Andy Reid," Hali said on the NFL Network. "Then Andy Reid will certainly help as your caller."
If Mahomes follows the advice of one of the NFL's most respected quarterback whispers, these comparisons with Favre may not be as fancy in a few years as they seem now.
& # 39; TOP 100 & # 39; LESSON: Three Types of Players Define NFL in 2018
I do not know how many general managers, executives, or scouts have seen NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2018," but I think there are many scouting lessons that you can learn from studying the list, especially the top 20 selection. In a league of 1,800 players, the Top 100 represent the elites – and I want to learn more about the Super elites. These one-paces not only reflect the best players in the NFL, they also show the world of football which positions earn a premium in today's game.
After the last list, which is composed of the voices of the players, I have I am convinced that the NFL essentially revolves around passers-by, playmakers and pass-rushers.
Although we're talking about the NFL, which has been a quarterback league for years, it really is a leaking league with a bonus for guys who can influence the air strike. Whether as a bowler or catcher or as a sack artist, the guys who can improve or interfere with the passing game deserve respect for their peers and big paychecks from their owners.
Regarding my experience as a player and scout, the best teams in the league typically have blueprints in these areas, especially quarterback and pass rushers.
The game depends so much on quarterbacks that make games out of pocket, and the best QB1s are single-handedly able to team the winner. Do not believe me? Look at the best quarterbacks on the list and it's easy to see how they increase their colleagues' gameplay. From Tom Brady (# 1 overall) to Carson Wentz (3) to Drew Brees (8) to Aaron Rodgers (10) to Russell Wilson (11) to Ben Roethlisberger (18), the correlation between the two is clearly visible Strong, individual performance and Their Teams' Overall Success
To fight the best QB1s, the defenders have paid more attention to finding pass rushers with the size, strength and speed to overwhelm offensive tackles. Guys like Von Miller, Khalil Mack and Everson Griffen beat opponents as explosive forces with dynamic speed in the first step and active hands. As outside rushers, they push the pocket in from the outside in, forcing QBs to hang hard and throw precise passes under duress.
In a traditional sense, Outside Rushers were appreciated right behind quarterbacks. But Aaron Donald and, to a lesser extent, Calais Campbell, change the equation. Inside Pass Rushers are a hot commodity in today's game, with more teams looking for defensive tackles with haste abilities or defensive ends with enough versatility to hurry from an inner position into sub-packages (see: Michael Bennett).
"I used defensive goals and rating linebackers with pass-rush skills is my # 1 priority," a scout director at AFC College told me. "My mind has changed with people like Aaron Donald who create chaos from within … Interior Pass Rushers have a bigger impact on quarterbacks because they're instantly in his face."
"I still value outsiders, but a dominant inside pass Rususher would be my preference for today's game. "
Looking at the list, I believe that it confirms the belief that Pass-Rushers are more valuable than cornerbacks." Jalen Ramsey was the only cornerback in the top 20. And The true shutdown Corner remains quite challenging, but there are ways to make cornerbacks look much better than they are.
"The front affects cover much more than coverage affects the front," a former NFL defensive coordinator told me can have elite defense with A + Pass Rushes and suspicious corners, but you can not win the other way around. Without a steady pass-rush, it is hard for any corner to take cover against an elite quarterback or a broad receiver for . Guys are too good. "
On the other hand, I think offensive playmakers need to be able to contribute to the passing game, whether we're talking about wide receivers, tight ends or running backs are guys with pass-capture skills The three highest ranking running backs on the "Top 100" – Le Veon Bell (# 5), Todd Gurley (6) and Alvin Kamara (20) – all are hybrid playmakers. Although they are listed as RB1s, they are In addition, they are able to mismatch players in the slot or out to align far, and skillful on running distances such as wide receiver position has been fully developed in recent years – RB1s without pass-catching capabilities are suddenly dinosaurs in today's NFL.
The "Top 100 Players" series was created to fill a gap in the offseason TV schedule, but a quick The study of the list is instructive, apparently teambuilders v a Passers, playmakers and passers-by more than ever.
THREE AND OUT: Rapid development of major league developments
1) Is Jimmy G overestimated? My favorite aspect of the "Top 100" list is listening to NFL players rate their colleagues. Players have a unique perspective when it comes to breaking other players' games, and I tend to rely on those opinions when studying players in off-season. I always appreciated the opinions of the players when I was a scout, and I will do it today.
That's why my ears recovered when I suggested Jallen Ramsey from All-Pro CB Jumpy Garoppolo, who made the "Top 100" No. 90, has not earned his place yet.
"He has good potential," said Ramsey at the recent NFL Network appearance. "I think he will be a good player, but apart from my experience with him, it was a lot of plan, it was not like he was just choking on us, it was a lot of plan.
" Nobody had one Plan for him [in 2017]"Ramsey added," There was not much film about him. "
Well, I know 49ers fans do not want to hear that after seeing Jimmy G roles after a series of 67 Winning at the end of the 2017 season and a quota of 67 percent and a quota of 94.0 passers-by, Ramsey's statement is true.
Despite some solid starts by Garoppolo in New England, the football did not really know what they were up to expected the young gunman in Kyle Shanahan's plan, because you could imagine that No. 10 was acquired in midseason trading and opponents had no chance to see him in action until he appeared in the mop-up duty against the Seattle Seahawks in the 12th week. With the lack of preseason or Regular season movie to clear up before their games, opposite defensive coordinator Or one was forced to defend the scheme instead of the quarterback in these matches. Granted, Jimmy G's effectiveness does not diminish as QB1 on the whole track, but the NFL is one such preparatory league. The lack of film about him in Shanahan's scheme prevented the opponent from designing a Garoppolo-specific game plan that would eliminate his "lay-ups" and make him make more "jump shots" from a distance.
"The more information you have about a player, the easier it is to see his strengths and weaknesses," a former NFL defensive coordinator told me. "Especially with quarterbacks, you want to know where their favorite places are and how they react to certain looks or pressures – if you do not have that information, finding a game plan that forces them to play left is more difficult (19659008) Again, this is not a release of Jimmy G.'s talents or his overall performance in limited action, but it addresses the challenge the defensive coordinators faced when they came together with No. 10.
But there's more to it Players also did not have enough information to take advantage of their weaknesses or their possible tells as playmakers, and NFL defenders will be looking for something to help them against a specific quarterback – just look at the three-time All-Pro CB Richard Sherman was able to pick up one of Garoppolo's tells after playing against him in 2017 and watching him every day in offseason practice
"You just have to read it – let go of the ball, it lets go," Sherman said via Patrick Holloway of Niner's Nation. "You have to be decisive if you make those decisions, if he takes his hand off the ball and does not throw it, I think he throws the guys away, but if he takes his hand off the ball, you're ready to break."
This is the kind of information that not only helps defenders break faster in throws, but is also part of the scouting report that defensive coordinators will use to create game plans. Inevitably, some people will say that Ramsey hated Garoppolo only for cracking the "Top 100" after just a few appearances, but the stud made light as defenders and defensive trainers currently see the 49s QB1.
While Garoppolo's gigantic contract renewal and hype about his 2017 campaign indicate he is an elite player. There are many people in the football world who are still waiting to see if he has a blitz in the pan or the real deal in the game is important position.
Defenses now have a full off-season to break Quarters' existing girdle, with more film on the horizon in the regular 2018 season. We'll soon find out if Jimmy G is the NFL's next big quarterback or an average QB1, who cashed in a timely hot phase.
2) Chubbs immediate impact on Denver's defense. The Denver Broncos' defending could not reach their championship standard in 2017, but the arrival of Bradley Chubb could revive the Orange Crush in the Mile High City. The fifth plectrum in the 2018 NFL Draft is an explosive pass rusher with the size, strength and ability to give the Broncos the best pass-hushing tandem in the NFL.
Now I know that Chubb still needs to fit for a suit training camp practice or even a preseason game, but the word on the road suggests that the former NC State Standout is even better than the Broncos expected. The team's recent Pass-Rush advisor (and nine-time Pro Bowl Chosen), DeMarcus Ware, is already becoming poetic about the rookie's talents and how he's going to be a dynamic duo with Von Miller on the margins.
What he really brings into play – stopping the run and being the strongman for Von – that's what you need, "Ware said in an interview with the Talk of Fame Sports Network podcast. They have this tag team again. "
As we've seen in most of the best defensive units in football, the presence of multiple-pass rushes is critical to success, whether it's a pair of outside runners who crashing on the edges, or an inner canter that complements an edge defender, a double-trouble method is almost a prerequisite to slow down offenses in today's pass-centered league, believe me? Watch the Broncos' AFC West rivals and how they formed defense fronts with multiple pass-hushing threats: the Los Angeles Chargers (Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa), the Kansas City Chiefs (Justin Houston and Dee Ford), and the Oakland Raiders (Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin) all have dangerous, rampaging duos. But the Broncos' new tandem could quickly claim the throne.
As the arguably most feared passport ruster in the NFL, Miller is clearly considered a problem off the ridge with 83.5 sacks in seven years (including six seasons with at least 10). The defensive rookie of the year 2011 and Super Bowl 50 MVP is not just an unstoppable force – with a combination of speed, speed and blast that overwhelms offensive tackles over a 60-minute game – but he's the ultimate closer with one when one Knowing Miller's immense talents as a disruptive playmaker, then the Broncos are best when they can create more singles chances for # 58 or use them as bait to set the other on pass-rushing downs. If the No. 2 Rusher is a legitimate threat, the challenge of containing a versatile pass rush is too much for most offenses.
Just look at the numbers that Denver's produced when Miller played with goods during a 3-season run. The result was a Super Bowl 50 win and a historic run in which Denver came up with some of the best defenses of all time. With nos. 58 and no. 94 crashing on the edges, the Broncos sack in 2014 ranked # 9 in the league (41), first in 2015 (52) and 2016 (42). By comparison, the Broncos with 22 sacks in 2017 took 22nd place in the NFL and did not look like the previous championship caliber units.
In Chubb, the Broncos set up the best defender in this viewing pool. In fact, I've chosen Chubb as a more polished pass ruster and a better overall player than last year's Myles Garrett. While some chuckled in anticipation of the draft, I think the three-time Pro Bowl called CB Chris Harris Jr. Chubb "a young Khalil Mack" after watching him dominate offseason practice sessions as a pass against Miller
I'm certainly not surprised at the comparison with the Defensive Player of the Year 2016, which is based on Chubb's style of play. He is an old-school pass rusher with a repertoire of power-based moves that make it hard for him to get around the limits. In addition, Chubb plays with the energy and ruthless spirit that pulls the opponent down over time and leads to some garbage bags at the end of the games.
However, it's hard for a young pass rusher to make his mark immediately in the league if he does not add tools to his toolbox to help him win against offensive elite troops. Based on early reports from Broncos officials, Chubb certainly has the humility and self-knowledge to refine his game and become the high-level complementary rusher the team needs.
"He's one of those guys who's mature, he listens, and that's what you want from a young man," Ware said in the Talk of Fame Sports Network podcast. "Because some of them get very arrogant and say OK, I'm in the league now." But for me he has the mentality "I just arrived". "What do I have to do to deliver?"
If Chubb plays as he seems to, the young Pass-Rusher will not only relieve pressure on Miller, but will also support the Broncos' defensive play at a level that could lead the team
3) The reigning sack king could REALLY go off in 2018. If you're looking for a candidate for the 2018 Defensive Player Award flying a little under the radar, you might want to Keep an eye out for the Arizona Cardinals Edge Rusher Chandler Jones, the reigning NFL sack leader not only comes from a spectacular season in which he's stacked 17 sacks, 28 tackles for loss and 38 quarterback hits, but he moves in a 4-3 scheme that could help him surpass these sums.  "My expectations are that he will perform well at a high level this year," said the Cardinal's new head, Steve W ilks, told reporters about the Arizona Republic. "To what extent, I hope it's Pro Bowl, All-Pro, maybe defensive player of the year, he has those kind of skills, I think the 4-3 will allow him to have a better opportunity." The quarterback is very clever, and he has shown that over the years, especially in production last year.
Think about it: The only player in the NFL with at least 11 sacks in each of the last three seasons could be compensated for making a steady larger strike in a new scheme that will enable him In the Cardinals' new 4-3 system, Jones will play as a gap penetrator, removing the "read and respond" premise that was a feature of the team's previous 3-4 scheme As a 4-3 defensive end, No. 55 is instructed to primarily hunt the quarterback and stop the run, which is considered a secondary task.The attack mentality should allow Jones not only to play faster, but also more disruptive than designated Rusher.
"It's less thinking, honest," Jones told reporters at his charity football camp. "A guy can just play and not think. You can play much faster. Our entire defense should be much faster. "
Up to this point, Wilk's defense scheme can help Rushers take their games to another level, and in his 4-3 system, DEs are expected to passers-by from the edges or through In addition, Wilks believes in pressure with five- and six-man zone / man flashes that create one-on-one opportunities for edge players.
Last season under Wilks in Carolina, Julius Peppers notched 11 sacks as a situational passport despite being an "old head" on the line of defense, having given the go-ahead to hunt the quarterback whenever he was in the game, this unique focus helped him at breakneck speed although he had lost a step at the age of 37, Jones was just ahead of it, and the seventh-year professional shows an extraordinary snap-count anticipation and speed in the first step It complements its explosive speed with a series of sly moves that combine power and finesse. Whether it's a dip-and-rip or a smooth spin or a shifty within the basket-like crossover footwork, Jones has a bag of tricks that makes him a nightmare, especially if he can compete in a wide 9that is why Why opponents Jones should fear possible effects in a scheme that allows him to put his hand in the dirt in the attitude of a sprinter with an assault dog mentality. If Jones can set up big numbers as a part-time publisher in a 3-4 scheme, imagine what he can do in a system that actually plays to his strengths.
Follow Bucky Brooks on Twitter @ BuckyBrook's .