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Super Bowl LVII's top 10 game-planning nightmares: How do you cover Travis Kelce? Stop A.J. Brown?
Feb 03, 2023
Can the Eagles stop Travis Kelce? Block Chris Jones? Will the Chiefs be able to contain A.J. Brown? Bucky Brooks ranks Super Bowl LVII's top 10 game-planning nightmares, providing mitigation ideas for each.
NFL Championship Sunday unit ranking: Top offense? Most imposing defense? Plus, 5 draft steals to watch
Jan 27, 2023
Just four teams remain in the NFL playoffs. How do they stack up against each other on each side of the ball? Bucky Brooks ranks the units, 1-8. Plus, five draft steals to watch on Championship Sunday.
Who needs a Super Bowl LVII win the MOST? My picks for all eight Divisional Round teams
Jan 19, 2023
Eight teams remain alive in the race for the ring. Obviously, each member of every organization would cherish a Super Bowl LVII triumph, but who needs it the MOST? Bucky Brooks has picks for each team.
NFL playoffs: One X-factor for each of the 14 teams
Jan 12, 2023
The star power in the NFL postseason makes the tournament must-see TV, but these games are routinely decided by lesser-known playmakers who rise to the moment. With that in mind, Bucky Brooks spotlights one X-factor for each of the 14 playoff teams.
New year, new team? Derek Carr, Zach Wilson among seven NFL players who could use a fresh start in 2023
Dec 30, 2022
New year ... new team? As we head into 2023, Bucky Brooks spotlights seven players across the NFL who could use a fresh start with a different organization, including a pair of high-profile quarterbacks.
Three potential best fits for Tom Brady in 2023; examining Steve Wilks' success in Carolina
Dec 16, 2022
Bucky Brooks eyes three potential best fits for Tom Brady in 2023, including locations with familiar faces. Plus, what's behind Steve Wilks' success in Carolina and examining a pass-rushing duo on the rise.
Biggest threat to Bengals' AFC title defense: Bills, Chiefs or Dolphins? Why is Derrick Henry slumping?
Dec 09, 2022
Cincinnati's rounding into form once again. So, who is the biggest threat to the Bengals' AFC title defense? Bucky Brooks ranks the top three contenders. Plus, what's wrong with Derrick Henry?
2020 QB class showing all-time potential in Year 3; San Francisco 49ers have frightening upside
Dec 02, 2022
With Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jalen Hurts all thriving in Year 3, Bucky Brooks says the 2020 QB class has all-time potential. How do the four signal-callers stack up against each other? Let's rank 'em! Plus, the scariest team in the NFL right now.
Chris Jones surpassing Aaron Donald as NFL's top DT; the savvy of Mike Vrabel and Howie Roseman
Nov 25, 2022
Has Chris Jones surpassed Aaron Donald as the NFL's best defensive tackle? Bucky Brooks provides his thoughts in this edition of the Scout's Notebook. Plus, the brilliance of Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman.
NFL MVP dark horses: History for Justin Jefferson? Plus, Sauce Gardner's skill, Kadarius Toney's rebirth
Nov 18, 2022
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks spotlights three dark-horse MVP candidates. Plus, an emerging star at the cornerback position and an overlooked deadline deal that could pay major dividends.
Aaron Rodgers, Mac Jones among five quarterbacks with most at stake in second half; Dallas' big decision
Nov 11, 2022
Which NFL quarterbacks have the most at stake in the second half of the 2022 season? What will the Dallas Cowboys do with their backfield in the coming offseason? Bucky Brooks answers those questions in this edition of the Scout's Notebook.
Ranking the NFL's top five playmaker groups; plus, a theory on the trading frenzy and an overlooked coach
Nov 04, 2022
Which team boasts the most prolific pack of playmakers? Why did this year's trade deadline spur so much activity? Is there a Coach of the Year candidate hiding in plain sight? Bucky Brooks answers those questions in this edition of the Scout's Notebook.
Giants need to re-sign Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley; plus, top 5 game wreckers and Sam Ehlinger's traits
Oct 28, 2022
Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are fueling the 6-1 Giants, but both are currently set to hit free agency. Should New York re-up the 25-year-old duo? Bucky Brooks weighs in. Plus, the top five game wreckers right now and a Sam Ehlinger scouting report.
Top 10 early steals from the 2022 NFL Draft class; Round 1 punchline Cole Strange is a Year 1 stud
Oct 21, 2022
Who are the early steals from the 2022 NFL Draft? Bucky Brooks ranks his top 10, with two teams boasting a pair of these instant-impact overachievers. Plus, Cole Strange's quick emergence from Round 1 punchline to Year 1 stud.
Why successful college coaches like Matt Rhule fail in the NFL; plus, the five most rugged running backs
Oct 14, 2022
Why do successful college coaches like Matt Rhule continue to fail in the NFL? Bucky Brooks provides his answer to this enduring football question. Plus, a hard-hitting ranking of the top five most rugged running backs in the league right now.
Which NFC West team will emerge from four-way tie for first? Plus, Rashan Gary's rise and Dallas' nasty D
Oct 07, 2022
The 2022 NFL season has been defined by parity, and no division exhibits this better than the NFC West. Which team will emerge from the current four-way tie for first place? Bucky Brooks explores. Plus, a rising star in Green Bay and a throwback unit in Dallas.
Trevor Lawrence validating hype in Doug Pederson's system; third year's a charm for Jeff Okudah
Sep 30, 2022
After a difficult rookie season, Trevor Lawrence is realizing his immense potential in Year 2. Bucky Brooks says it's all about "the three Ps." Plus, a former top-three pick suddenly living up to the hype and a 10th-year vet who has completely transformed himself.
Diagnosing Denver's slow start with Russell Wilson; plus, the driving force behind the surprising Giants
Sep 23, 2022
Why are the Russell Wilson/Nathaniel Hackett Broncos struggling? What's the driving force behind the Giants' surprising 2-0 start? Is Matt Ryan cooked in Indianapolis? Bucky Brooks answers those questions in this edition of the Scout's Notebook.
Will Justin Jefferson become NFL's first 2,000-yard receiver? Can Trey Lance slay Shanahan's tormentor?
Sep 16, 2022
Is Justin Jefferson poised to become the NFL's first 2,000-yard receiver? Are the Bills just fine without Brian Daboll? Can Trey Lance slay Kyle Shanahan's chief tormentor? Bucky Brooks explores those questions in the Scout's Notebook.
Saints Super sleepers? Are Broncos paper tigers? Plus, five players not to count out in 2022
Sep 09, 2022
As the 2022 NFL season gets underway, Bucky Brooks spotlights the Super Bowl chances of the Saints -- and flaws that could make the Broncos fall short of expectations. Plus, five all-star caliber players who could rebound from down seasons.
Kenny Pickett absolutely deserves to be Pittsburgh's Week 1 starter; a quirky camp changeup in Detroit
Aug 26, 2022
Who will officially succeed Ben Roethlisberger as Pittsburgh's starting quarterback when the Steelers kick off the regular season in Cincinnati? Bucky Brooks says the right answer is clear. Plus, what's the verdict on Detroit's player-run practice: valuable camp experience or waste of time?
Three keys to Eagles meeting lofty expectations; why Ravens' historic preseason win streak matters
Aug 19, 2022
Are the Eagles ready to meet high expectations in the 2022 NFL season? Bucky Brooks identifies three questions that will determine Philly's fate. Plus, a look at why the Ravens' incredible preseason win streak matters and the trend that will be keeping defensive coordinators up at night.
Bears QB Justin Fields poised for breakout Year 2 in new offense; plus, the NFL's five most talented teams
Aug 12, 2022
Justin Fields is surrounded by questions in Year 2. Contrary to popular opinion, though, Bucky Brooks believes the Chicago Bears quarterback is poised for a breakout season. Plus, the NFL's five most talented teams and an emerging camp trend.
Ranking NFL's blockbuster receiver deals: Most bang for the buck? Plus, a different take on Christian Kirk
Aug 05, 2022
Since March, a whopping 11 wideouts have signed contracts averaging at least $20 million per year. Who'll provide the most bang for the buck? Bucky Brooks offers his rankings. Plus, a different take on Christian Kirk.
Five egregious 'Madden' player ratings; plus, analysis on Kyler Murray's deal and a potentially dominant D
Jul 22, 2022
Player ratings are out for "Madden NFL 23," and Bucky Brooks has beef with five marks. Plus, analysis on Kyler Murray's enormous extension and one ferocious defense you shouldn't sleep on.
2022 NFL season: One CHAOS team in each division
Jul 15, 2022
In the dog days of summer, groupthink deems certain teams contenders and others pretenders. This is foolish, of course, given the unpredictability of every NFL season. With that in mind, Bucky Brooks identifies one potential CHAOS team in each division.
2022 NFL season: Ranking top duos at 11 key position groups
Jul 01, 2022
Does any pair of teammates top the Chargers' Keenan Allen and Mike Williams among the NFL's best receiver duos? In the latest edition of his Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks ranks the top duos at 11 key position groups heading into the 2022 season.
Five scariest quarterbacks entering 2022 NFL season; where Gronk ranks among top TEs of all time
Jun 24, 2022
Which quarterbacks keep defensive coordinators up at night? In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks ranks his five scariest players at the position. Plus, why competition is key for the Packers and where Rob Gronkowski ranks among the top tight ends of all time.
Ranking the top 15 players from a LOADED 2019 NFL Draft class: Pass catchers and pass rushers galore!
Jun 10, 2022
In the scouting business, it takes three full seasons to make a solid assessment on a draft pick. With that in mind, Bucky Brooks re-evaluates the 2019 NFL Draft class, ranking the top 15 players in a LOADED crop.
First look at No. 1 pick Travon Walker's fit with Jags; plus, an exploding NFL trend and a legit QB battle
Jun 03, 2022
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks reports from Jacksonville on polarizing No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker's fit with the Jaguars. Plus, a look at one exploding NFL trend and a legit quarterback battle on the NFC side.
CeeDee Lamb could emerge as a top-five receiver; plus, candidates for the cover of 'Madden NFL 23'
May 27, 2022
In this week's edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Dallas' CeeDee Lamb could emerge as a top-five NFL receiver in 2022. Plus, five candidates to grace the cover of "Madden NFL 23" and a look at the Steelers' new general manager.
Why Patriots' coaching titles don't matter; plus, NFL's top five cornerbacks, Saints' reborn offense
May 20, 2022
In this week's edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why he's not worried about job titles among the Patriots' coaching staff. Plus, the NFL's top five cornerbacks and a look at the Saints' revamped offense.
Top 10 second-year breakout candidates in 2022 NFL season; plus, schedule intrigue for players, coaches
May 13, 2022
In this week's edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks reveals his top 10 second-year breakout candidates. Plus, a look at the three biggest points of intrigue for players and coaches when it comes to the NFL schedule release.
2022 NFL Draft: What does the future hold for the top six quarterbacks selected -- in 2022 and beyond?
May 06, 2022
The 2022 NFL Draft surprisingly saw just one QB taken in the first two rounds, but that doesn't doom the entire crop to irrelevance. So, what's next for this group -- in 2022 and beyond? Bucky Brooks explores what the future holds for each of the top six quarterbacks selected.
Bucky Brooks 2022 NFL mock draft 4.0: Steelers take Malik Willis; Vikings land Jameson Williams
Apr 26, 2022
In Bucky Brooks' final mock draft of 2022, the Vikings add Jameson Williams to build up the receiver corps and prepare for the future. Plus, Malik Willis is the only QB to make it into Round 1.
Bucky Brooks' top five 2022 NFL Draft prospects by position 3.0: QBs Malik Willis, Desmond Ridder rise
Apr 20, 2022
With the 2022 NFL Draft just days away, Bucky Brooks provides updated rankings of the top five prospects at each major position in this class. Who rose and fell? Which players made it in for the first time?
2022 NFL Draft: 7 first-round mysteries ... SOLVED!!
Apr 15, 2022
Who will the Jaguars pick at No. 1? Does anyone take a quarterback in the top 10? Is Kayvon Thibodeaux going to slide? Questions abound with the 2022 NFL Draft, and Bucky Brooks has the answers. Here are seven Round 1 mysteries ... SOLVED!
Five most difficult 2022 NFL Draft prospects to evaluate; three quarterbacks in make-or-break year
Apr 08, 2022
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies the five most difficult prospects to evaluate in the 2022 NFL Draft. Plus, three quarterbacks heading into a make-or-break season and a look at what's causing the receiver market to explode.
Five prospects who could go No. 1 in 2022 NFL Draft; plus, Kyle Hamilton's 40 and Todd Bowles' second try
Apr 01, 2022
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks evaluates the five prospects who could go No. 1 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft. Plus, thoughts on Kyle Hamilton's 40-yard dash and Todd Bowles' prospects as a second-time head coach.
Bucky Brooks 2022 NFL mock draft 3.0: Jets double down on defense; no QBs picked in Round 1
Mar 29, 2022
In Bucky Brooks' latest mock of Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft, he sees the Jets using both top-10 picks to boost the secondary -- and no team selecting a quarterback. Check out his projection for picks 1-32.
Matt Ryan makes Indianapolis Colts AFC contenders; five perfect scheme fits in NFL roster reconstruction
Mar 25, 2022
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Matt Ryan makes the Indianapolis Colts legit contenders. Plus, five perfect scheme fits in the NFL's grand roster reshuffling, as well as a look at how the top four quarterback prospects performed in their respective pro days.
Will Jaguars' spending spree pay off? Plus, ranking NFL's top 5 pass-rush duos after free agency shakeup
Mar 18, 2022
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the rationale behind Jacksonville's aggressive spending spree. Plus, a look at the top five pass-rushing duos in the wake of the free agency frenzy. And how will the Packers replace Davante Adams?
Broncos hype out of control after Russell Wilson trade; plus, five NFL draft prospects on the rise
Mar 11, 2022
The Broncos hype train's in full force after the blockbuster trade for Russell Wilson, but Bucky Brooks says everyone needs to pump the brakes on Denver. Plus, five prospects on the rise after the NFL Scouting Combine. And what's next for Jordan Love?
Pittsburgh Steelers headline NFL's five most interesting teams this offseason
Feb 25, 2022
In the wake of Ben Roethlisberger's retirement, the Pittsburgh Steelers are a fascinating group on both sides of the football. Which other franchises demand your attention? Bucky Brooks spotlights the five most interesting teams this offseason.
NFL Championship Sunday unit rankings: Who has the best offense? Defense? Special teams?
Jan 28, 2022
With Championship Sunday on the horizon, Bucky Brooks dedicates his notebook to the four remaining teams. Who has the best offense? Defense? Special teams? Our resident scout ranks the units in each phase of the game, 1-4.
Bucky Brooks 2022 NFL mock draft 1.0: Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral only QBs selected in Round 1
Jan 25, 2022
In his first mock of the 2022 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks has just two quarterbacks coming off the board. On the other hand, six receivers hear their names called. Check out the full first-round projection, 1-32.
Who are the NFL's top five wide receivers? Plus, the Matthew Stafford question and my Coach of the Year
Jan 06, 2022
Who are the top five wide receivers in the NFL today? Bucky Brooks provides his ranking in a banner year for the position. Plus, a concerning development for one Super Bowl contender, the clear Coach of the Year and a BIG prospect to watch in the national title game.
Why Seattle CANNOT trade Russell Wilson; plus, the strategy driving Miami's win streak and more
Dec 31, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says the Seahawks would be crazy to trade Russell Wilson. Plus, the strategy that's driving Miami's win streak, Tennessee's real MVP and a stud pass catcher who deserves far more attention.
What's wrong with Dak Prescott? How can the Jaguars recover from the Urban Meyer disaster?
Dec 17, 2021
What's wrong with Dak Prescott? Where do the Jacksonville Jaguars go after the firing of Urban Meyer? Bucky Brooks answers these questions in the Scout's Notebook. Plus, a rookie on the rise and a second-year player coming into his own.
Five biggest threats to Buccaneers' reign; Bills' fatal flaw?
Dec 10, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies the five teams most likely to derail the Buccaneers' effort to repeat. Plus, one contender's potentially fatal flaw, the emergence of a new No. 1 WR and picking a side in the NFL's top tight end debate.
Aidan Hutchinson emerging as potential No. 1 pick in 2022 NFL Draft; scouts love Lincoln Riley-USC union
Dec 03, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Michigan edge Aidan Hutchinson is emerging as a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Plus, the Dolphins' youth movement, the Bills' daunting challenge and a seismic college coaching hire for the scouting community.
What Jaguars must do to help struggling Trevor Lawrence; Cowboys' Micah Parsons for DPOY?
Nov 26, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains what the Jaguars need to do to help Trevor Lawrence rebound from a rough first 10 games of his NFL career. Plus, a look at Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons' case for Defensive Player of the Year, a new candidate for the title of WR1 and a playoff contender's sagging pass defense.
Is Jalen Hurts the long-term answer for Eagles? 49ers a contender again after throttling Rams?
Nov 19, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks sees Jalen Hurts making a case to lock up the Eagles' starting job for 2022 and beyond. Plus, a look at a defender who could cash in this offseason, what to make of the 49ers and a surprising development in Green Bay.
Cardinals and Titans are very real Super Bowl contenders; scouting two intriguing QB prospects
Nov 12, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why the Cardinals and Titans are indeed juggernauts with legit Super Bowl aspirations. Plus, one offensive trend, one defensive tactic and two intriguing quarterback prospects.
Jordan Love's NFL debut a huge test for QB, Packers; do defenses have Justin Herbert figured out?
Nov 05, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks examines the huge moment awaiting Packers QB Jordan Love in Week 9. Plus, have defenses figured out how to stop Chargers QB Justin Herbert? Also, what's the key to the Steelers' improvement on offense?
Ja'Marr Chase and Kyle Pitts are full-blown matchup nightmares; Kyle Shanahan remains a question mark
Oct 29, 2021
With Halloween on tap, the NFL has two new matchup nightmares: Ja'Marr Chase and Kyle Pitts. Bucky Brooks studies these rare rookies. Plus, one quarterback who deserves an extension, one head coach who remains an enigma and one pass rusher who's about to get PAID.
Cardinals' offensive vision finally coming to fruition; two post-hype breakouts
Oct 22, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks examines the Cardinals' offensive breakthrough in Year 3 of the Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray era. Plus, a look at two post-hype breakouts and why critics of Bill Belichick's fourth-down conservatism are wrong.
Bears headline four sneaky contenders; will Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. ever find harmony?
Oct 15, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies four sneaky playoff contenders. Plus, a look at the lack of chemistry between Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr., the latest example of why the preseason shouldn't be blown out of proportion and the rookie who's giving one of the league's top teams exactly what it needed.
Matt Rhule's unorthodox brilliance fueling Panthers' rise; Daniel Jones playing like franchise quarterback
Oct 08, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks reveals Carolina's secret sauce. Plus, Daniel Jones' emergence as a franchise QB, Cordarrelle Patterson's transformation into full-fledged weapon, and Brandon Staley's spot-on soliloquy.
Washington defense is NFL's most disappointing unit; emerging stars at quarterback, wideout, cornerback
Oct 01, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies the NFL's most disappointing unit in the first month of the 2021 season. Plus, emerging stars at quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback.
Lamar Jackson deserves to be one of NFL's highest-paid players; how Bears can help Justin Fields
Sep 24, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says there should be no debate over whether Lamar Jackson deserves to be among the NFL's highest-paid players. Plus, a look at how the Bears can maximize Justin Fields' talent in his first career start, the Cowboys' new X-factor on defense and why one star QB is off to a slow start.
Eagles' Nick Sirianni makes wise decision; NFL's top five route runners
Sep 17, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies one of the keys to Nick Sirianni's impressive debut as Eagles head coach. Plus, a look at the game's top route runners, the NFL's version of an NBA super team and a new contender for the title of RB1.