Robert<br />Klemko
•staff writer•

Robert
Klemko

Countdown to Draft Day
T-Minus 14 Days: Why Team Visits Don’t Matter
Why Team Visits Don’t Matter
Pre-draft visits by prospects get a lot of media attention, but many are calculated ruses by teams looking to gain an advantage. Remember Blake Bortles? Plus, the draft’s best corner (in his own mind) and the first running back off the board
By Robert Klemko
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T-Minus 21 Days: The Art of Picking Late
The Art of Picking Late
No pick in the top 10? No problem. Roster architects from two of the NFL’s most consistently successful franchises—Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert and Baltimore assistant GM Eric DeCosta—share insights into their draft-day strategies for picking late in Round 1
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NFL Draft
Scenes From a Pro Day
Scenes From a Pro Day
The Pro Day has become a staple of the NFL's draft season. But what exactly goes on at one? Lots of prying (before, during and after) and lots of stopwatches. And, in the case of the University of Maryland, an unusual visit from Bill Belichick
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T-Minus 28 Days: Meet the Upstart from Hobart
Meet the Upstart from Hobart
It’s been 25 years since a Division III player has been selected in the top 100. Offensive lineman Ali Marpet might go by 75. The story behind one of the draft’s unlikeliest prospects. Plus, scouts on a plane and getting to know an SEC back
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Going Long
Sweetness and the Scout
Sweetness and the Scout
Relentlessness. Intensity. Hard-headed commitment. The qualities that Chargers scouting director Kevin Kelly looks for in a prospect are the same he saw in his mentor, Walter Payton, with whom he struck up an unlikely friendship on a fateful night in an empty gym as an awestruck teenager
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T-Minus 35 Days: Atlanta’s Perfect Pass Rusher
Atlanta’s Perfect Pass Rusher
First-year head coach Dan Quinn is hoping to make the Atlanta Falcons into Seattle East. The first step will be finding the right pass-rusher at the top of this draft. Plus, mocking the top 10 picks based on what teams should do
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T-Minus 42 Days: And In This Corner…
And In This Corner...
The draft's top cover men are the soft-spoken Trae Waynes and the brash Marcus Peters. How much does personality play into a corner's draft stock? Plus, meet the punter who walked away from the game to join the military, only to return to the gridiron years later and become the draft's top leg
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T-Minus 49 Days: Separating Stat and Fiction
Separating Stat and Fiction
Louisville safety Gerod Holliman had 14 interceptions in 13 games last season, tying a Division I record. How meaningful is that number to his draft projection? Plus, whether or not to buy into the eye-popping stats of four other prospects
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T-Minus 56 Days: What Pro Days Prove
What Pro Days Prove
Didn’t we just do this at the combine? Sort of, but not really. With big-time pro days starting up this week, here’s what players need to prove. Plus, the five prospects who have the most to gain or lose when they show off on campus
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T-Minus 63 Days: The Combine’s Myth Busters
The Combine's Myth Busters
Devin Smith can only go deep? That's not what it looked like in Indianapolis. How Smith, and five other large-school prospects, used the combine to prove they have patched up perceived holes in their games
By Robert Klemko