How Nolan Nawrocki Made Himself Into The NFL's Most Infamous Scout

Nolan Nawrocki lives in the nicest house in a tidy neighborhood in Elmhurst, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago. When I visit him a couple of weeks before Easter, the windows are already awash in signage. » 4/15/14 1:26pm 4/15/14 1:26pm

Why Is The NFL Getting In Bed With Football's Infamous Troll Scout?

This afternoon, an article underneath former Pro Football Weekly senior editor Nolan Nawrocki's byline was published on NFL.com. The article is, ostensibly, a listicle detailing the "character issues" of a few top NFL draft prospects, and in its irresistible clickiness, in its eagerness to be argued with, the damn thing… » 2/17/14 6:35pm 2/17/14 6:35pm

Jadeveon Clowney Shouldn't Play Until He Gets Paid

South Carolina's all-world DE Jadeveon Clowney didn't play this weekend with a muscle strain, or maybe bruised ribs, and also some bone spurs in his foot. He's not been particularly clear on the ailment, or the state of his recovery, and the Gamecocks were surprised and confused that Clowney himself made the call to… » 10/08/13 2:09pm 10/08/13 2:09pm

Study: NFL Teams Have No Idea What They're Doing In The Draft

Today the Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Cade Massey, a professor at Penn's Wharton School of business. Already with a study under his belt arguing that the conventional wisdom of the Draft Value Chart is all wrong, Massey was contracted by an unnamed NFL team to study the history of the draft for market inequalities.… » 9/24/13 4:00pm 9/24/13 4:00pm

And Here Come The Anonymous NFL Executives Taking Shots At Geno Smith

It's been a rough few weeks for Geno Smith. He received a predictably scathing scouting report from Pro Football Weekly, he dropped to the second round in the NFL draft, and then parted ways with his agents after it was decided that they didn't serve him all that well leading up to the draft. So now it's time to pile… » 5/02/13 1:35pm 5/02/13 1:35pm

Why Did Geno Smith Really Fire His Agents?

Geno Smith fell to the second round of the NFL draft, 39th overall. It wasn't unfathomable, but it was toward the most pessimistic end of the most pessimistic projections. Then, weird stuff happened: Smith fired his agents. His agents went to the media, anonymously claiming that Smith was disappointed he didn't go… » 5/01/13 2:35pm 5/01/13 2:35pm

Tennessee QB Tyler Bray Declares Early For Draft, Goes Undrafted

Bray did sign with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent, though. This draft was light on quarterbacks, maybe light on everything but the big guys, and that figured to be a good thing for Tennessee's junior quarterback. As it turned out, a weak quarterback class meant that quarterbacks went ignored. » 4/28/13 9:27am 4/28/13 9:27am