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DO NOT trade Julio Jones; top positional battles; saving Sam Darnold
May 07, 2021
Should the Falcons trade Julio Jones? Which positional battles bear watching ahead of the 2021 season? Why are the Panthers so high on Sam Darnold? Bucky Brooks digs into these topics in the latest Scout's Notebook.
Mike Tomlin's a Hall of Famer, Tom Brady isn't crazy, and Jalen Hurts has to earn it
Apr 23, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Mike Tomlin's on a Hall of Fame path, but the coming years in Pittsburgh will be fascinating. Plus, why Tom Brady has a point in his frustration over changes to jersey numbers. And much more!
Justin Fields skepticism is baffling; top five unicorns in the 2021 NFL Draft
Apr 16, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says growing skepticism around Justin Fields is nonsense. Plus, this draft class' top five unicorns and a breakdown of one notable team's aggressive offseason approach.
Panthers' gamble on Sam Darnold makes sense; Kyle Pitts is the 2021 NFL draft's best player
Apr 09, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why the Sam Darnold gamble makes sense for the Panthers. Plus, the single best player in the 2021 NFL Draft and free agency fits for a highly qualified cornerback.
Mac Jones not worth a first-round pick; Rashod Bateman the next Justin Jefferson?
Apr 02, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why he doesn't have a first-round grade on Alabama QB Mac Jones. Plus, which receiver in the 2021 draft could be the next Justin Jefferson?
2021 NFL Draft: 49ers' options at No. 3, five pro day risers and the battle for CB1
Mar 26, 2021
In this draft-driven edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks scouts San Francisco's quarterback options with the No. 3 overall pick. Plus, five significant risers on the pro day circuit and the battle for CB1.
Bucky Brooks 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: Jets pass on QBs in favor of Penei Sewell at No. 2
Mar 23, 2021
In his second mock of the 2021 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks has the Jets passing on the quarterbacks at No. 2 and the Buccaneers landing Tom Brady's heir apparent at No. 32. Check out the full first-round projection.
Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield among interesting fifth-year option decisions; Travis Etienne team fits
Mar 12, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the interesting fifth-year option decisions around Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield and more. Plus, five ideal team fits for explosive RB prospect Travis Etienne.
One question Russell Wilson must answer; prioritizing Bucs' long list of free agents
Feb 26, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks reveals the one decision Russell Wilson must make at this stage of his career and prioritizes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' long list of free agents.
Houston Texans CANNOT trade Deshaun Watson; three fits for Matthew Stafford
Jan 29, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why the Houston Texans simply CANNOT trade Deshaun Watson. Plus, three potential fits for Matthew Stafford and a look at Detroit's unique rebuilding approach.
Jared Goff-Sean McVay relationship on the rocks? Who'll replace Philip Rivers on Colts?
Jan 22, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores a potential rift between Jared Goff and Sean McVay. Plus, who'll replace Philip Rivers as Colts QB? And can Dwayne Haskins get his career back on track in Pittsburgh?
Urban Meyer will be perfect for Jaguars; Russell Wilson done cooking in Seattle?
Jan 14, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why Urban Meyer will be perfect for the Jaguars. Plus, an about-face in the Seahawks' offensive approach and a marquee matchup to watch in this weekend's Divisional Round.
Five biggest threats to Chiefs' reign; Matt Ryan era's run its course in Atlanta
Dec 18, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies the five teams most likely to derail the Chiefs' repeat effort. Plus, one franchise that should move on from its longtime QB and some MVP-level respect for a kicker (seriously).
Five Goldilocks teams that COULD shake up NFL playoffs; maximizing Taysom Hill, Jalen Hurts
Dec 11, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks spotlights five Goldilocks teams that COULD shake up the NFL playoffs. Plus, is New Orleans better with Taysom Hill at quarterback? What should we expect from Jalen Hurts?
Jared Goff's woes implicate Sean McVay's script; stop sleeping on this DPOY candidate
Dec 04, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Jared Goff's woes stem from Sean McVay's play-calling. Plus, a QB who could challenge Patrick Mahomes' throne and a sleeper candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.
Bruce Arians is right about Tom Brady; Packers feel like pretenders
Nov 27, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores Bruce Arians' harsh assessment of Tom Brady's play. Plus, one faux contender, a draft class that lifted a franchise and a defense that could fuel a title run.
Bill Belichick culpable for Patriots' decline; what did scouts miss with DK Metcalf?
Nov 06, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why Bill Belichick deserves substantial blame for the Patriots' decline. Plus, an answer for the question on many minds: How did talent evaluators miss on DK Metcalf?
Ben Roethlisberger playing as well as ever; time is right for Tua Tagovailoa
Oct 23, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Ben Roethlisberger is back in a major way. Plus, thoughts on Tua Tagovailoa's promotion, the real reason why Tampa Bay is a contender and much more.
Panthers surprising everyone with potent offense; Ryan Tannehill's a top-five QB
Oct 16, 2020
Everyone expected the Saints and Bucs to battle for the NFC South title, but who saw the Panthers coming? Bucky Brooks examines one of this season's early surprises. Plus, why Ryan Tannehill's a top-five quarterback and much more.
Why George Kittle deserved to reset TE market; top 5 GM-coach duos
Aug 14, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why George Kittle is worth every bit of his new deal with the 49ers. Plus, ranking the NFL's top five GM-coach duos, identifying a potential bounce-back star and examining the impact of college football postponements on next year's draft.
Cam Jordan's right about Bucs, NFC South race; five breakout DBs
Aug 07, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks weighs in on Cam Jordan's bold claim about the NFC South race. Plus, a fair assessment of Derek Carr, five breakout DB candidates and an examination of what could be the NFL's most prolific offense.
Pats contenders despite attrition; Jamal Adams perfect for Seahawks
Jul 31, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why the Patriots are still Super Bowl contenders despite all of the offseason attrition. Plus, an examination of Jamal Adams' fit in Seattle, Alex Smith's starting prospects in Washington and more.
NFL's top 10 second-year players; Washington Football Team rebrand
Jul 24, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks ranks the top 10 NFL players entering Year 2. Plus, an examination of the Rams' plan to copy the rival 49ers' ground attack, praise for the Washington Football Team rebrand and more.
How COVID-19 limitations will affect NFL rosters; respect Zeke!
Jul 17, 2020
How will NFL rosters be impacted by the reduction or elimination of preseason games? Which teams boast the top five defensive quartets? What should we expect from Carolina's new-look offense? Bucky Brooks answers these questions -- and more -- in the Scout's Notebook.
How Chiefs can maximize Patrick Mahomes era; top five NFL players
Jul 10, 2020
With Patrick Mahomes now under contract through the 2031 season, is Kansas City about to embark on a dynastic run? Bucky Brooks provides a four-part plan for the Chiefs to maximize their returns. Plus, the top five players in the NFL today.
Patriots' offense with Cam Newton; ranking the top five 'starting fives'
Jul 03, 2020
How will the Patriots' offense change with Cam Newton at quarterback? What are the top five "starting fives" (five skill players) in the NFL today? Who is the best quarterback in the NFC South? Bucky Brooks has the answers!
Antonio Brown's potential 'Hawks fit; Should Jets pay Adams?
Jun 26, 2020
In the latest edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks considers how Antonio Brown could fit with the Seattle Seahawks. Plus, he examines the top 5 franchise-tagged players, the Jamal Adams situation and Chase Young's promise.
NFL's hottest offensive scheme; top 5 receivers; Ravens' complacency
Jun 19, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the NFL's hottest offensive system heading into the 2020 season. Plus, the top five receivers in the NFL, an examination of the Ravens' surprising problem and more.
Rookie QBs must start ASAP; top 5 trench teams; truth about Jameis
Jun 12, 2020
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why highly drafted rookie quarterbacks must start ASAP. Plus, analysis on Dalvin Cook's contract stalemate, the top five teams in the trenches and the truth about Jameis Winston.
Joe Burrow's Year 1 impact; top five edge rushers; Isaiah Simmons' role
May 15, 2020
In this week's notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why Joe Burrow could have the Bengals back in contention sooner than you think. Plus, the top five edge rushers in the NFL today, Tom Brady's fit in Bruce Arians' offense and Isaiah Simmons' rookie role.
NFL's top backup quarterbacks? Plus, Jarrett Stidham's promise
May 08, 2020
In this week's edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks digs into multiple angles on the game's most important position. Who are the top five backup quarterbacks today? What are the best QB duels on the 2020 slate? Is Jarrett Stidham ready to take the reins in New England?
Top 5 transcendent NFL QBs; is Tua Tagovailoa worth the risk?
Apr 10, 2020
Following Tua Tagovailoa's virtual pro day workout, Bucky Brooks weighs the risks and rewards of drafting the southpaw slinger. Plus, Brooks' top five transcendent QBs in the NFL right now, and Emmanuel Sanders' impact in NOLA.
Bucky Brooks' top 5 2020 NFL Draft prospects by position 2.0
Mar 19, 2020
With the NFL Scouting Combine behind us and the 2020 draft approaching on the horizon, Bucky Brooks updates his top five prospects by position. Check out the new faces at quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback and elsewhere.
Redskins should stick with Dwayne Haskins; NFL combine risers
Mar 06, 2020
Bucky Brooks says it would be a huge mistake for the Redskins to part with Dwayne Haskins. Plus, three risers coming out of the NFL Scouting Combine and the RB prospect who could make a Derrick Henry-like impact at the next level.