Chris Spooner

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Spooner’s First Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft

The midway point of the 2020 season is near. With many teams already looking ahead, now's the perfect time for a first-round NFL mock draft.

NFL Week 6 Ratings: Strong local showings boost ratings

The wacky world of the NFL scheduling continued in Week 6. Thanks to the trials of playing a season during these unprecedented times, it seems like every week the schedule has...

NFL Ratings Week 5: Even with ratings falling, the NFL is still king

Even in an environment of sinking ratings, the NFL is king when it comes to the sports landscape. The Week 5 ratings in the NFL are yet more evidence of that....

RAS: State of the Cleveland Browns running backs after Chubb’s injury

In the blink of an eye, we’re a quarter of the way through the 2020 NFL season, and trends are starting to emerge around the league. Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes...

The Dolphins offensive line is more athletic, but is it better?

The Miami Dolphins offensive line. Those five words are enough to make any Dolphins fan shudder with memories of turnstile tackles and quarterbacks running for their lives. The offensive line in...

RAS explains the emergence of Porter Gustin in Cleveland

Injuries are an unfortunate fact of life in the NFL. Week 2 really drove that point home, with a slew of injuries to high-profile players. Every team is going to be...

Myles Gaskin’s RAS is key to early season success

Anyone who watched the Dolphins last season knew that running back was a position that needed to be addressed. They had arguably the worst group in the league, with quarterback Ryan...

Harrison Bryant shines in training camp despite poor RAS

Generally speaking, you should give a rookie three years before judging them. However, the NFL is becoming more and more a “what have you done for me lately?” league. It’s unfair...

Dolphins linebackers in 2020 are a mixed bag of athleticism

The Raekwon McMillan experiment is over in Miami. McMillan came into the 2017 NFL Draft as one of the top linebacker prospects in the class out of Ohio State. Miami drafted...

Andrew Billings’ opt-out leaves the Cleveland Browns thin at DT

The NFL’s opt-out deadline has come and gone. Several teams had players choose to forgo the 2020 NFL season, leaving holes in their rosters. The Cleveland Browns are one such team...

What Miami can expect from Andrew Van Ginkel in 2020 – A RAS study

The Dolphins pass rush was dealt a significant blow last week when linebacker Vince Biegel was lost for the season with an Achilles rupture. The former Wisconsin Badger was one of...

Who are the most athletic running backs in the NFL in 2020? A RAS study

Whether you’re in the “running backs don’t matter” crowd or not, one thing is for certain: athleticism matters at the position. Running back is arguably the easiest position to see the...

What’s left of the Dolphins’ wide receiver room in 2020?

Much has been made of the Miami Dolphins wide receiver room over the past year, and just how good -- or not good -- it is. Opinions vary wildly, with some...

Three 2020 NFL training camp position battles decided by RAS

Teams across the league have begun to report for training camp, and the 2020 NFL season is just around the corner (hopefully). It has been an unprecedented offseason, and that’s going...

Three offensive players headlining Feldman’s Freaks List

Last week, we dove into Bruce Feldman’s annual College Football Freaks list to take a look at some of the most athletic defenders the college game has to offer. Today, it’s the...

Three eye-popping defensive players from Feldman’s Freaks list

Not much has felt “normal” in the sports world recently. Major League Baseball is opening in July with the Blue Jays playing “home” games in Buffalo. The NBA is playing in...

Jason Strowbridge is a potential diamond in the rough for the Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have been a team toiling in obscurity for the better part of two decades. Then, they decided to tear it down and rebuild. For that rebuild to be...

Terry McLaurin vs. Michael Gallup: A RAS comparison

As football fans, we all love a good debate. The unique circumstances of this offseason in particular have given us plenty of time to discuss and debate a number of NFL...

Steven Sims deserves an expanded role at wide receiver

The 2019 season saw numerous teams benefit from great production out of their rookie wide receivers. Teams like the Steelers, Titans, and Seahawks struck it big with the likes of Diontae Johnson,...

Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed could be a key early contributor

It’s no secret the NFL has become a pass-first league. Only one team -- the Baltimore Ravens -- ran the ball more than they passed last season, and the most pass-happy team --...

Is Allen Lazard a third-year breakout candidate?

Every offseason, we pass the time talking about certain trends that have emerged over the years, and try to identify players who will be next to follow them. One of the...

The bottom five teams with the lowest RAS grades since 2001

Welcome to part two of our deep dive into the drafting behaviors of teams over the past two decades. In part one, we took a look at the five teams who have...

The top five teams with the highest RAS grades since 2001

Everyone who makes it to the NFL is an incredible athlete. You don’t make it to the top of this profession if you’re not. When evaluating talent, there are two main...

Five 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates according to RAS

The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award has been handed out by the AP every season since 1957. Some of the most legendary players in league history have taken home...

Five 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year candidates according to RAS

Trying to predict who’s going to take home the 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year award can seem like a daunting task at this early stage. This year's rookies haven't even...

How high can Devin Singletary climb? A RAS breakdown

The Buffalo Bills are one of the trendy teams heading into the 2020 NFL season, for many reasons. Tom Brady has moved on to Tampa Bay, leaving a void in the...

Miami Dolphins LT Austin Jackson: A RAS breakdown

When the Miami Dolphins entered the 2020 NFL Draft, most people felt they knew two things: the Dolphins were going to take a quarterback, and they were going to take an...

2021 NFL Draft: Meet Georgia linebacker Quay Walker

The title of "Linebacker U" is one most often associated with the Penn State Nittany Lions. They’ve earned that title, and their tradition is likely to continue into the 2021 NFL...

2021 NFL Draft: Meet Tar Heels linebacker Chazz Surratt

The 2020 NFL Draft is over, and teams have shifted their focus towards mini-camps. Rookies will have their introductions to the team, workouts will start, and before you know it, football...

2020 NFL Draft Grades: Indianapolis Colts

Pro Football Network’s buzz around the league for our 2020 NFL Draft Grades ends with the Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis is a team that is used to the ups-and-downs of an NFL...

2020 NFL Draft Grades: Atlanta Falcons

Every year, fans like to think that their team came out the winner of the draft. Sadly, the NFL Draft has about as many “losers” as it does winners. We’re here...

2020 NFL Draft Grades: Philadelphia Eagles

The 2020 NFL Draft has been a grind. Three days, 255 selections. Truly a dream come true for hundreds of men across the country, along with their families. This year may...

2020 NFL Draft: Teams with glaring needs on Day 3

The second day of the 2020 NFL Draft is officially in the books. Now, it’s on to the third and final day. With most of the premier talent off the board...

NFL Draft 2020: Preston Williams reacts to Dolphins first round picks

The Miami Dolphins had two first-round picks this year. With their first, general manager Chrie Grier selected quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He followed that up with offensive tackle Austin Jackson and cornerback...

2020 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals 7-Round Mock Draft

The Marvin Lewis era in Cincinnati ended after the 2018 season, and the Zac Taylor era has officially begun. By all accounts, the Andy Dalton era has come to an end,...

2020 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions 7-Round Mock Draft

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia is firmly on the hot seat. In two seasons as head coach, Patrica has led the team to just nine wins combined. The Lions have...

2020 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins 7-Round Mock Draft

The NFL Draft is just a week away, and so much has changed in the NFL landscape since our first Miami Dolphins mock draft. The peak of the NFL free agency...