Robert<br />Klemko
•staff writer•

Robert
Klemko

10 Things I Think I Think
I Think … The Bears Should Have Known Better
I Think … The Bears Should Have Known Better
Chicago didn't do its due diligence before signing Ray McDonald and is now paying the price. Plus, Cam Newton's head-scratching quote, perspective on Roger Goodell's job difficulty and why the NFL needs a developmental league
By Robert Klemko
Open Field
La’el Collins: ‘Never Before Has This Happened’
La’el Collins: ‘Never Before Has This Happened’
A first-round talent out of LSU, La’el Collins became radioactive just days before the NFL draft when his name was linked to a double homicide in Baton Rouge. The inside story of how his agents tried to salvage his stock, and the winding journey that put him across the table from police detectives and Jerry Jones
By Robert Klemko
NFL Draft
Watching the Draft Through Agents’ Eyes
Watching the Draft Through Agents’ Eyes
The waiting, the worrying, the counseling, the celebrating. A startup group gave The MMQB a behind-the-scenes look at an agent’s wildest ride: draft week
By Robert Klemko
Open Field
Can Jimmy Garoppolo Handle the Heat?
Can Jimmy Garoppolo Handle the Heat?
With Tom Brady suspended (for now) for the first four games, a 2014 second-round pick out of Eastern Illinois will lead the Super Bowl champions into the 2015 season. Who the heck is this guy?
By Robert Klemko
NFL Draft
A Dream Interrupts a Nightmare
A Dream Interrupts a Nightmare
Slipping in the draft was the least of Grady Jarrett’s problems; while he waited to hear his name called on Friday night, he watched his childhood home burn down. But less than 24 hours later, he and his father shared one unforgettable moment as he stepped into the NFL
By Robert Klemko
Countdown to Draft Day
What Happens to La’el Collins Now?
What Happens to La’el Collins Now?
After not being drafted on Thursday or Friday, La’el Collins’ representatives have said he won’t play in 2015 and will re-enter next year’s draft. According to teams and agents, the offensive lineman’s situation isn’t so cut-and-dried
By Robert Klemko
Countdown to Draft Day
Zero Hour: The Last-Minute Mock Draft
The Last-Minute Mock Draft
All the hype turns into reality tonight in Chicago. After three months of fact-finding, this is my best shot at predicting an utterly unpredictable first round
By Robert Klemko
The Prospects
It Didn’t Break Him
It Didn’t Break Him
Lorenzo Mauldin spent his childhood bouncing from foster home to foster home—16 of them to be exact. The statistics said he was unlikely to amount to anything, but now he's a college graduate about to be drafted into the NFL. He beat the odds; he wants foster kids to know they can do the same
By Robert Klemko
Countdown to Draft Day
T-Minus 7 Days: The Draft’s QBs, Now and Then
The Draft’s QBs, Now and Then
We’ve spent months comparing Winston and Mariota to each other. But how do they compare to other recent first-round quarterbacks? An NFL team shares five years of its pre-draft quarterback grades. Plus, notes on Landon Collins, Marcus Peters and the race to be the fourth receiver taken
By 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