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4th Annual Thin Air Mock Draft Challenge

Happy Draft Day, Broncos fans! As promised, here again is your opportunity to enter a 1st round mock draft for the chance to win… still nothing, just like the last three years. Sorry I’m so late getting this up. Evolving priorities have limited my time and interest in my usual pre-draft work. Nevertheless, I thought it would be fun to do this again.

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Biomechanical Review: Dwayne Haskins Update/ Revision

(To see the original top 3 QB article, click here)

When evaluating tape and building biomechanical profiles, there generally comes a point when the profile “clicks”- when predicting the outcome of a play changes from a matter of mystery to a matter of mechanics. While I reached this point with Drew Lock several weeks ago, I never truly reached this point with Dwayne Haskins- when continuing to review his tape, I would still find myself surprised with the outcome of certain plays. Given that I had carefully mapped 5 out his 6 major areas (anterior cervical/ thoracic/ lumbar and posterior thoracic/ lumbar), it was therefore clear that I had to focus my attention on Haskins’ posterior cervical area if I were to reach a satisfying biomechanical catharsis.

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2019 Broncos Regular Season Schedule

This thread will be regularly updated as news comes in.

At about 12:50 PM MT, a user on Reddit was the first to successfully leak the Broncos’ schedule. All games not confirmed before by verified Twitter accounts come from this.

At 5:35 PM MT, the schedule was inadvertently uploaded early on NFL Commumications. (Mirror link in case they take it down.)

  • Week 1: at Oakland (MNF) (per Mike Klis)
  • Week 2: vs. Chicago
  • Week 3: at Green Bay (per Marques Eversoll)
  • Week 4: vs Jacksonville (per Ryan O’Halloran)
  • Week 5: at San Angeles
  • Week 6: vs Tennessee
  • Week 7: vs Kansas City (TNF)
  • Week 8: at Indianapolis (late Sunday afternoon) (per WTHR)
  • Week 9: vs Cleveland
  • Week 10: bye
  • Week 11: at Minnesota
  • Week 12: at Buffalo
  • Week 13: vs San Angeles
  • Week 14: at Houston
  • Week 15: at Kansas City
  • Week 16: vs Detroit (possibly Saturday)
  • Week 17: vs Oakland (per Troy Renck)
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Large-Scale Trends and the 2018 Season (part 2)

(part 1 of this two-part season review can be found here)

While anterior-dominant wide receivers such as Emmanuel Sanders, Corey Davis, and Tyler Boyd bounced back from injury-induced inefficiency in recent seasons (and pretty much every anterior-dominant WR saw at least some boost in productivity), arguably the biggest beneficiary of recent rules changes has been pass-catching anterior-dominant RBs.  The combination of the rule banning tackling defenseless receivers with the rule removing the helmet tackle has made stopping these RBs (the most dominant being Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley) extremely difficult. In previous eras, these two RBs would likely have been confined to 3rd downs- their lacking posterior lumbar efficiency (run power) makes them ineffective at pushing the pile, and on short catches they would have absorbed many damaging hits.  However, first the removal of hits to defenseless receivers, and now the removal of the helmet tackle, has made these types of players extremely productive every-down players (and able to sustain the hits). While they may not push the pile or grind out consistent 4 yds gains, their short-area quickness and pass-catching versatility make them indispensable offensive playmakers in the post-2017 era.

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Large-Scale Trends and the 2018 NFL Season (part 1): Revenge of the Ants

The 2018 NFL offseason saw some of the most impactful rules changes in recent memory. The new rules reversed years of NFL biomechanical trends. Scoring was vastly increased, while injuries decreased. In combination with other recent rules changes regarding tackling helpless receivers, certain types of players/ offenses benefited disproportionately from these changes, even as all offenses saw their production increase. From a biomechanical standpoint, 2018 saw the return to prominence of the anterior-dominant players- cheekily referred to here as the “Revenge of the Ants”.

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