5 NFL Rookies to watch in 2014 NOT named “Johnny Manziel”

As the NFL pre-season kicks off, talks of which rookies are poised for an exciting first year always tend to ramp up.  It’s a safe bet to say that most people are looking forward to seeing Johnny Manziel play, but I’m not so quick to share that same interest.  There are other players that are much more intriguing to watch at this point, and I … [Read more...]

NFL Could Benefit From a Developmental League

Major League Baseball and the NHL have the minor leagues, Basketball has the developmental league, and the NFL—an eight player practice squad. For an NFL rookie, coming into the NFL and making an impact right away has become more important that ever. If they don’t do that, it is almost impossible for them to ever make it. It's tough in the BIG … [Read more...]

A “Nickel’s worth” of advice – 5 Factors in NFL rookie selection

By Shane Tidrick The NFL draft is in the books, OTA’ are finished, and the summer is rolling along.  Soon we will be looking at the pre-season where we will finally get to witness the rookies make their highly anticipated appearances on the field at the professional level. Everyone has their opinion as to the best way to make the best selection … [Read more...]

Rookie development will be affected by later NFL Draft date

The NFL pushed the 2014 NFL Draft back two weeks, in order to create something of high importance in a normally quiet month of May.  Although the draft may have received "Record Ratings" for views, the people it matters to the most are highly affected by it: the Rookie Class. The added time led to massive over analysis of prospects and nit picking … [Read more...]

Time to teach NFL rookies how to appropriately use social media

The NFL Draft is near, so it’s time to teach rookies how to appropriately use social media. By Gail Sideman We see it seemingly at least once each week. An athlete or coach tweets something that they quickly delete but in the land of screen grabs, it gathers critical steam and editorialized retweets because of the post’s negativity, prejudice or … [Read more...]

NFL Draft Prospects – Declared Underclassmen Preview

I sat on the NFL's Underclass Advisory Committee for a number of years.  Our job was to give an unbiased assessment of where a particular college football player (underclassman) might be selected in the coming draft.  There were multiple inputs from a number of clubs, each with their own evaluation techniques and philosophies.  The goal was to … [Read more...]

The Top 25 Rookies of 2013

By Oliver Connolly With the equivalent of a full college season under all rookies belts. It’s a great time to evaluate some of the stars of this year’s rookie class. For these rankings I’ll be looking at the players overall impact on the team, whether the player would be a fit on the 31 other teams and the time they’ve spent on the field. 1. … [Read more...]

NFL Players – Momma knows best when it comes to financial advice

Now that the NFL's regular season is about to commence, so will to the regular weekly game checks that players will collect for the next seventeen weeks.  Up until now all players were receiving a per diem to cover the various expenses from shaving cream to late night McDonald's runs.  Unless you had a mega signing bonus check, roster payment, or … [Read more...]

Top tips in making the cut through Social Media in the NFL

Shifting the social media discussion back to the players, this is a critical week for many professional aspirations from Seattle to Miami, Minnesota to Houston.  NFL rosters will be radically reduced from 75 to 53 in just a few day short days, then the long journey to New York and Super Bowl XLVIII begins. Hopes may be dashed and some dreams may … [Read more...]

A word to the “wise” rookies from former NFL star LaVar Arrington

The next week will see some long time NFL vets clean out their lockers for one last time and some up and coming rookies move into their roster places.  A smooth transition is key to creating a long time NFL career or a "one and done" disappointment.   The Football Educator has been pontificating for a comprehensive Player Development program that … [Read more...]