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The Weekly Reading List
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Craig Haley conducts a first-round mock draft in which only players from the FCS are available.
Patrick Hruby explains that while the NCAA’s rules governing college athletes are colorblind, the impact of amateurism is anything but – disproportionately costing black football and men’s basketball players and benefiting white stakeholders by as much as $2 billion a year.
Gillian Mohney shares a list of ten athletes from sports that range from women’s soccer to NASCAR, and includes several NFL players.
Emily Kaplan explains why Jon Gruden’s QB Camp is one of the can’t-miss events for prospective NFL quarterbacks.
Sarah Gamard reports that of the 12 rapes reported to LSUPD since 2010, all but one occurred on LSU gamedays and gameday weekends.
Greg Bedard explains how John Elway’s dismissive treatment of his quarterbacks in recent years could cause the Broncos to lose out on Colin Kaepernick.
Established by the first female NFL coach, Jen Welter, to help inspire girls that want to play and coach football.
Stefano Mocella brings you 12 players that will not let their children play football, including some surprising old school players.
The Must Follow List: @ITPylon’s Favorite Twits
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) April 9, 2016
About time someone spoke out about the terrible scourge of mothers trying to protect their kids from brain damage https://t.co/Unliqvg10d
— Emma Span (@emmaspan) April 10, 2016
— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 10, 2016
I'm so happy to be done with the @NCAA and their rules & regulation. They do any & everything to exploited collegiate athletes.
— Cardale Jones (@CJ1two) April 11, 2016
Also i think a phrase that needs to be used more often is "Draft by Philosophy" need and BPA are overused imo
— P_Figari (@PC_Figari) April 11, 2016
The Podcast List – The Best Stuff For Your Ears
For draft season ITP has assembled some of the brightest minds covering football and recorded a series of mock war rooms, playing out the entire first round of the draft. Each 15 minute podcast features some great guests and some very insightful discussions as the teams debate their selection. Get caught up today.
Last summer Matt Harmon made the move from independent football writer to the NFL.com. In response to the numerous questions he received about his personal journey, he started this podcast series, inviting guests from the sports media world to share their stories. Our own Mark Schofield was on the most recent episode, and the entire body of work is well worth your attention.
The Book Corner
Fantasy football players who want to invest in next year’s success will find Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio invaluable before they draft next season. This year’s RSP was released on April 1, 2016, and is well worth the investment.
Draft aficionados would be wise to purchase the 2016 Draft Prospectus from Kyle Crabbs. Kyle breaks down hundreds of prospects, using film and metrics to analyze each player. This year’s edition is exhaustive and worth your attention.
Alex Kirby’s 2014 book Speed Kills: Breaking Down The Chip Kelly Offense should be one of the better selling tomes in the Bay Area this offseason.
Our own Mark Schofield wrote 17 Drives, breaking down a key drive from each week of the 2015-2016 College Football Season, culminating in Alabama’s victory over Clemson to earn a national championship.
Spring registration for The Scouting Academy has begun. If you have ever wanted to become a scout or wanted to break down film like Mark Schofield then sign up for this fantastic program featuring former NFL GM Jerry Angelo, former NFL head coach Mike Martz, former NFL Personnel Executive Louis Riddick, and former NFL Scout Dan Hatman.