NFL Draft 2024 ‘The Beast’ Guide: Dane Brugler’s scouting reports and player rankings

Finally! It’s here. I’m thrilled to share this year’s draft guide with everyone. I don’t remember who first referred to it as “The Beast,” but I use that moniker as motivation to make sure this annual primer lives up to the nickname — and I don’t think I’ve let you down this year. Every NFL … Read more

Why Gaelic footballers have the NFL’s attention: ‘These lads can kick balls’

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TAMPA, Fla. — A tall lad with tousled brown hair and ruddy cheeks flipped through the pages of his light green leather notebook, looking at “wee reminders” to get his head right. Killer mindset YOU ABSOLUTELY DESERVE THIS Teams are watching me. Brilliant! The kicking workout was the grand finale of the NFL’s International Player … Read more

As a son and brother, Penn State’s Adisa Isaac ‘juggled a lot’ — now comes the NFL

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — When Adisa Isaac was in third grade, he asked a lot of questions, as third graders do. There was one that needed thoughtful explanation: “Why are my brothers and my sister different?” His mother, Lisa Wiltshire-Isaac, expected this day would come. Of her four children, Adisa was the only one who … Read more

Sex offender, ex-Jaguars employee who hacked jumbotron sentenced to 220 years in prison

A U.S. District judge in Florida sentenced a convicted sex offender to 220 years in federal prison for producing, receiving and possessing child sex abuse material, and for hacking the jumbotron in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ stadium after the team did not renew his contract upon learning that he was a registered sex offender. U.S. District … Read more

Aaron Rodgers and a VP bid that never was: ‘That would’ve been really interesting’

OAKLAND — The quarterback wasn’t there. No mention of his name across two hours. Maybe there was no need. The mere prospect of a pairing had already served its purpose — driving news cycles, stirring speculation, drumming up intrigue around a longshot bid for the White House by an outsider intent on defying political norms. … Read more

How one motion play swept through the NFL in 2023: ‘Everybody is copying it’

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It didn’t take longer than a week or two for the idea to proliferate across the league. Early in the second quarter of their Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel called a short out motion to set up a 28-yard catch for receiver Tyreek Hill. The motion … Read more

A ‘high butt factor’ might be an NFL Draft prospect’s most prized asset

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“So you want me to comment about how important a guy’s ass is in the evaluation?” Mike Mayock asked, laughing. “You’re really doing this, huh?” For years, the humble human haunches have been key indicators for football scouts as they evaluated players. Mayock, the former Las Vegas Raiders general manager, has reluctantly been installed as … Read more

What happened to the 2021 NFL Draft QBs? Why Justin Fields and others are with new teams

They entered the NFL with great fanfare and lofty expectations of one day ranking among the best collections of talent the NFL had seen at their position. But just three years later, the 2021 quarterback draft class instead largely looks like one great big bust. While NFL teams continue their assessments of another highly touted … Read more