Author: Tony Softli

Softli’s 2018 NFL Draft Rankings

By Tony Softli My fifteen year NFL Scouting career began in 1995 with the Carolina Panthers, after spending four years coaching at the University of Washington under legendary Coach Don James.  Along with my work ethic, passion and the ability to identify talent at both the college and professional levels of competition, I was blessed to have several outstanding personnel men that took me under their wing and taught me the NFL scouting business.  They called themselves dinosaurs during my interview process. The two men that hired me at Carolina were Pro Football Hall of Famers Bill Polian and...

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NFL and NFLPA Release 2018 Helmet Testing Results

By Tony Softli Today a joint press release from the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) was announced, detailing the results of their annual study assessing the performance of football helmets.  The statement made it clear that the study was for helmets worn by NFL players. Several former NFL players have been diagnosed with or have suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).  These diagnosis can only be made post-mortem, several retired players are now reporting to NFL, NFLPA and their personal doctors on symptoms of CTE.   Will the new era helmets help stop or slow the damaging effects of CTE? ...

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2018 NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE

​By Tony Softli With only 15 days until the 83rd NFL Selection Meeting or better known as the NFL Draft, the excitement was stirred up today by the NFL announcing the 2018 Preseason schedules.  With Sherman now a 49er, Bennett flying like an Eagle and Beckham still a Giant, the NFL has finalized its 65-game 2018 preseason schedule, which includes eight nationally-televised games. The traditional preseason kick off will remain at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH on Thursday, August 2 (8:00 PM ET) with the Chicago Bears vs Baltimore Ravens.  NFL Network will also provide...

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NFL Green Room

By Tony Softli The NFL Draft is the biggest off season event and just three weeks away.  The notorious Green Room where selected draftees, their agents and close family members are invited and enjoy the draft from a much different viewpoint very few experience.  It can also be the chamber of hell for those left sitting, sweating and wondering when there names will be called. For that very reason players have declined the invite in the past and want to spend that special moment with their complete family, close friends and teammates. The 2018 Green Room attendees were confirmed...

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NFL OFF SEASON WORKOUTS ARE NEAR

By Tony Softli With twenty days until the 83rd Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting  in Dallas, TX all 32 clubs are preparing for the voluntary offseason workout programs.  These programs are extremely important prepping NFL players in training and knocking off the off season rust with physical conditioning and weight training and the teaching and instruction of the upcoming season scheme changes.   Each club is allowed a nine-week offseason program that is conducted in three phases: Phase One –  First two weeks are limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. Phase Two – Next three weeks...

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