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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.
Five NFL rookies I can't wait to watch in Week 1; why T.J. Watt is worth $112 million
Sep 10, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks spotlights the five rookies he can't wait to watch in Week 1. Plus, analysis on T.J. Watt's record-setting contract, Larry Fitzgerald's league-changing impact and Baltimore's injury-riddled backfield.
Why the 49ers SHOULD utilize a two-quarterback system; Jameis Winston's potential on the Saints
Sep 03, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers should move forward with a radical idea. Plus, Jameis Winston's potential as the Saints' new QB1, an emerging quarterback factory in college football and much more.
Top 5 Defensive Player of the Year sleepers; Broncos playoff-bound with Teddy Bridgewater as QB1?
Aug 27, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks identifies five sleepers for this year's Defensive Player of the Year award. Plus, how far can the Broncos go with Teddy Bridgewater as their QB1 and is the Jaguars' uninspiring preseason cause for concern?
Chiefs must extend Tyrann Mathieu ASAP; DeVonta Smith's great first impression in Philadelphia
Aug 20, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says the Chiefs need to give Tyrann Mathieu a long-term extension NOW. Plus, first impressions on DeVonta Smith, a big advantage in Baltimore and more.
Top five pass-rushing duos in the NFL; plus, is Dwayne Haskins the Steelers' QB1 of the future?
Aug 13, 2021
Which teams boast the top pass-rushing tandems in the NFL? Do the Steelers have the successor to Ben Roethlisberger on their roster? Bucky Brooks explores those topics and more in this edition of the Scout's Notebook.
Three reasons why Cowboys could be legit Super Bowl contenders; top five off-ball linebackers
Jul 23, 2021
There's never a shortage of offseason hype in Dallas, but Bucky Brooks provides three reasons why the Cowboys can indeed be Super Bowl contenders this season. Plus, the NFL's top five off-ball linebackers and the Rams' outlook following Cam Akers' injury.
Matt Nagy faces make-or-break season in Chicago; five NFL players with Shohei Ohtani potential
Jul 16, 2021
Is the clock ticking on the Matt Nagy era in Chicago? Bucky Brooks says this is a make-or-break season for the Bears head coach. Plus, five NFL players with Shohei Ohtani potential, an emerging trend in team-building and more.
What NFL can learn from Tampa Bay Lightning's back-to-back titles; five most underrated players
Jul 09, 2021
What can NFL teams learn from the Tampa Bay Lightning's back-to-back Stanley Cup titles? Bucky Brooks identifies three key takeaways. Plus, the five most underrated players in the NFL and three potential trade fits for former first-rounder N'Keal Harry.
Daniel Jones to embark on now-or-never season; NFL's top five Batman and Robin duos
Jul 02, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks takes a look at what's on the line for Giants QB Daniel Jones in 2021. Plus, who are the top five Batman & Robin-like duos in the NFL? And what shrewd move are the Cowboys making when it comes to utilizing CeeDee Lamb?
How Steelers' revamped offense will benefit Big Ben; plus, QB-coach combos under pressure
Jun 25, 2021
In his latest Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks digs into how the offensive changes underway in Pittsburgh can help Ben Roethlisberger. Plus, which QB-coach combos are under the most pressure? And is Jamal Adams about to strike it rich?
Ranking NFL's top five lockdown corners; plus, what Odell Beckham Jr.'s return means for Browns
Jun 18, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explores the contract dispute between Xavien Howard and the Dolphins. Plus, ranking the NFL's top five lockdown corners, what Odell Beckham Jr.'s return from injury could do for the Browns and why Tua Tagovailoa's rough practice isn't a big deal.
Top five pass-catching tandems in the NFL; Cowboys' offense worthy of the hype
Jun 11, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks unveils his ranking of the NFL's top five pass-catching tandems in the wake of the Julio Jones trade. Plus, why the confidence of one key Cowboys player is justified and a look at how the Vikings could bounce back on defense.
San Francisco 49ers have created win-win situation at quarterback; five make-or-break players in 2021
May 28, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains how the 49ers created a win-win situation at the game's most important position. Plus, five make-or-break players and a burgeoning star at tight end.
Diagnosing drama around Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson; Najee Harris can refuel Steelers' Super power
May 21, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf is absolutely right about today's "diva" quarterbacks. Plus, five one-year rentals that could pay MAJOR dividends and one rookie who could revive title aspirations.
Tim Tebow outrage is over the top; plus, thoughts on Teddy Bridgewater's gripe and DK Metcalf's run
May 14, 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why everyone's overreacting to the Jacksonville Jaguars' flirtation with Tim Tebow. Plus, thoughts on Teddy Bridgewater's gripe and DK Metcalf's run.
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.
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.