16 episodes

You know all those other NFL podcasts with just a couple of talking heads droning on about players you don’t really care about? This is not that. Whether you’re looking to get acquainted with the future stars of the league, or you’re a fantasy owner searching for insight, Rookie Orientation will prep you with everything you need to know about the top rookies from this year’s draft class. (Think of it as Cliff’s Notes.)

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You know all those other NFL podcasts with just a couple of talking heads droning on about players you don’t really care about? This is not that. Whether you’re looking to get acquainted with the future stars of the league, or you’re a fantasy owner searching for insight, Rookie Orientation will prep you with everything you need to know about the top rookies from this year’s draft class. (Think of it as Cliff’s Notes.)

    The Shocking Selection: Daniel Jones (Giants, No. 6 Overall)

    The Shocking Selection: Daniel Jones (Giants, No. 6 Overall)

    The pick was made and the football world collectively scratched its head in confusion. Daniel Jones? At the sixth pick? With so many great defenders and even Dwayne Haskins still available? What did the Giants see in this guy?

    On the season finale of Rookie Orientation, Matt Harmon tries to answer that very question. Why did the New York Giants, who had two picks in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft, invest the sixth overall pick in a guy most football prognosticators pegged as a second-round prospect at best? Matt dives into the most talked-about pick of the offseason with Jones' college roommate and Duke teammate Ben Humphreys, as well as Yahoo Sports' Kimberley Martin and Eric Edholm.

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    • 27 min
    The Defining Defender: Devin White (Buccaneers, No. 5 Overall)

    The Defining Defender: Devin White (Buccaneers, No. 5 Overall)

    In the 2019 offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head coach Dirk Koetter and replaced him with Bruce Arians. The move signaled an investment in fixing the talented, yet inconsistent offense that never quite clicked in three years under Dirk Koetter.

    But what about Tampa's even greater stretch of defensive ineptitude? The Bucs' answer on that side of the ball was using the fifth overall pick in the 2019 draft to select LSU inside linebacker Devin White.

    Matt Harmon is joined by Yahoo Sports' Tank Williams and Eric Edholm, as well as Dr. Jen Welter, the first female coach in the NFL, to dive into why White could be the perfect fit to bring glory back to Tampa Bay's struggling defense.

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    • 21 min
    The Revolution: Kyler Murray (Cardinals, No. 1 Overall)

    The Revolution: Kyler Murray (Cardinals, No. 1 Overall)

    Kyler Murray's small size was a big issue earlier this spring. The reporting of his official height and weight during Februrary's scouting combine was followed and scrutinized with the fervor of a royal wedding.

    While the drama surrounding Murray's height might be overblown -- it's still a big deal that a quarterback under 6' was selected with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.

    On this week's episode of Rookie Orientation, Matt Harmon investigates Murray's ascendant college career, his fit in Arizona with rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury and how the league evolved over a short period of time to a place where a 5'10" number one overall pick isn't as far-fetched an idea as it may seem.

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    • 33 min
    The Dynamic Disruptor: Ed Oliver (DT, Bills, No. 9 Overall)

    The Dynamic Disruptor: Ed Oliver (DT, Bills, No. 9 Overall)

    Buffalo Bills 9th overall pick Ed Oliver could be a once-in-a-generation player at defensive tackle, yet most draft prognosticators pegged him at the 3rd best defensive lineman in the draft, behind the obvious talents of Quinnen Williams and Nick Bosa.

    This week on Rookie Orientation, Matt Harmon investigates the undeniable talents and subtle flaws of Ed Oliver and how his time at the University of Houston hampered his potential. Is his diminutive size for the position a red flag, or will NFL coaching bring out the previously-unseen best in this top ten pick?

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    • 28 min
    The Structure Savant: Dwayne Haskins (QB, Redskins, No. 15 Overall)

    The Structure Savant: Dwayne Haskins (QB, Redskins, No. 15 Overall)

    Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was almost Maryland quarterback Dwayne Haskins. One of the knocks against Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Hasksins is that he started for the Buckeyes for only a season and as a result, NFL evaluators were split on his abilities. Maryland quarterback Dwayne Haskins, on the other hand, could've been a three-year starter.



    While we know that Haskins the Buckeye fell to the 15th pick overall to the Washington Redskins, could Haskins the Terrapin, a classic pocket-passer straight out of another era, have gone first overall? Or is his old-school play style that yielded comparisons to Derek Carr, Drew Bledsoe and, in this episode, Nick Foles a concern going forward in a league no longer suited to his strengths?



    Matt Harmon outlines the ascendant rise and draft-night fall of Dwayne Haskins, a gun-slinger some consider overrated and other consider the best passer in the 2019 draft.



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    • 38 min
    The Tantalizing Tumbler: Greedy Williams (CB, Browns, No. 46 Overall)

    The Tantalizing Tumbler: Greedy Williams (CB, Browns, No. 46 Overall)

    LSU cornerback Greedy Williams had first-round aspirations, but concerns about his personality and tackling ability caused a surprising draft-night fall to the second round, where Cleveland GM John Dorsey took a risk on the young defensive back.

    What caused an athlete that some considered the best shutdown corner in the draft to be passed over by almost every team in the league? Will he succeed in Cleveland where he’ll be lining up against Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry every day in practice? Matt Harmon asks, “what happened,” to Greedy Williams this week on Rookie Orientation.

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    • 28 min

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