How Will the Dolphins Use Minkah Fitzpatrick?

“With the eleventh pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select… Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive back, Alabama.” The long wait is over. After rumours linking Miami to Baker Mayfield, Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds and Vita Vea – who’s name picked up steam in recent days – the Miami Dolphins selected versatile DB Minkah Fitzpatrick.…

NFL Special Teams Investment

How do NFL teams allocate resources? Dave Archibald has looked at the real price of contract extensions and draft picks on quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, offensive linemen, cornerbacks and the trends on offense in general. In this installment, he looks at how teams evaluate special teams investment. Special teams is often an afterthought for NFL analysts, who tend to focus on…

10 Scouting Rules: # 6 Film Not Workouts

Director of the Scouting Academy and ITP contributor Dan Hatman has written ten short pieces using Matt Miller’s tweet list as inspiration, hoping to illuminate readers on aspects of the scouting and player evaluation business that are misunderstood, glossed over, or ignored. This is Part 6, Film Not Workouts. NFL Hall of Famer Paul Warfield once noted that his coach, Blanton Collier,…

10 Scouting Rules: # 3 Update Your Grades

Director of the Scouting Academy and ITP contributor Dan Hatman has written ten short pieces using Matt Miller’s tweet list as inspiration, hoping to illuminate readers on aspects of the scouting and player evaluation business that are misunderstood, glossed over, or ignored. This is Part 3 Update Your Grades. Not everything scouts need is, as Blanton Collier and Paul…

Scouting the NFL: NFC West Players To Watch

With the regular season around the corner, Inside The Pylon reached out to former NFL scout and current Scouting Academy director Dan Hatman for a cheat sheet on who the pros are keeping an eye on – and who may be in danger of losing their job. Here, he identifies which NFC West players to watch in 2015. Arizona…