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Rookie Orientation

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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.


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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.




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...


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...


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 February'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,...


The Volatile Rocket: Drew Lock (Broncos, No. 42 Overall)

Drew Lock has an absolute cannon for an arm. No one doubts that. Yet every team in the league passed up on the opportunity to draft the young quarterback that, in the weeks leading up to the draft, many were predicting could be a top-10 pick. Matt Harmon digs into the complicated scouting profile of the young Mizzou passer, why he fell out of the first night of the draft, his awesome strengths, his frustrating weaknesses and his fit with John Elway, Joe Flacco and the Denver Broncos. Check...


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...


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...


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...


The Captivating Specimen: D.K. Metcalf (WR, Seahawks, No. 64 Overall)

Episode 8 of Rookie Orientation features D.K. Metcalf, a physical freak out of Ole Miss who took an unexpected tumble down the draft board, before landing with the receiver-needy Seahawks. From the shirtless pictures, to the jaw dropping display of speed, from the draft day tumble to falling right into a potentially perfect situation. The tales told during the evaluation process for Metcalf proved more fascinating at every turn. See for privacy and opt-out...


The Dominant Riser: Quinnen Williams (DE, Jets, No. 3 Overall)

Episode 7 of Rookie Orientation features a dominant breakout defensive star from Alabama's Crimson Tide. Throughout the 2018 college football season, Williams began the tear that would land him near the top of the NFL Draft. Fueled by a great loss, the dominant riser truly showed us what it meant to not be denied. As Williams begins his NFL career, the New York Jets hope he’ll be able to use his strength and many skills to wreak havoc on opposing QBs. SUBSCRIBE to Rookie...


The Unmistakable Force Of Speed: Noah Fant (TE, Broncos, No. 20 Overall)

Episode 6 of Rookie Orientation profiles spry speedster Noah Fant, who the Denver Broncos hope will add another dimension to their offense, after drafting him with the 20th overall pick. Matt Harmon takes a closer look at the intriguing tight end rookie, who makes for a… complicated evaluation. Will the areas of Fant’s game that needed a little extra context to analyze - become more clear in the pros? Leave Us A Rating And Review SUBSCRIBE to Rookie Orientation 🍎Apple Podcasts...


The Perfect Pairing: Josh Allen (DE, Jaguars, No. 7 Overall)

Episode 5 of Rookie Orientation profiles top prospect Josh Allen - who fell to No. 7 in the draft, but could ultimately be the perfect pairing for his new team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Matt Harmon dives into the Kentucky DE's story, exploring how Allen was met with a life-changing responsibility at a young age and used it as motivation to become a better person, father and teammate. If this is, indeed, a perfect pairing, will all of the choices that came before draft night and their...


The Unlikely Usurper: Josh Jacobs (RB, Raiders, No. 24 Overall)

Episode 4 of Rookie Orientation profiles the most unique -or, unlikely - of first-round running backs, Josh Jacobs, the 24th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders. Few players have had to overcome the series of circumstances Josh Jacobs did as a child, to even get to Alabama. Jacobs’ appeal goes beyond just who he is as a person, as tremendous as that is. It’s hard to watch Jacobs and not come away wildly impressed with all that he can do on the football field. Matt Harmon takes a closer...


The Throwback: T.J. Hockenson (TE, Lions, No. 8 Overall)

Episode 3 of Rookie Orientation profiles an old school, brute, Big Ten tight end, T.J. Hockenson, the 8th overall pick by the Detroit Lions. Matt Harmon takes a deep dive into Hockenson's style of play - a positive force as a mover in the run game and a weapon in the passing game. The Lions went and got them the proverbial man who can do both. SUBSCRIBE to Rookie Orientation 🍎Apple Podcasts 🍎 🔊Stitcher 🔊 ✳️Spotify ✳️ See for privacy and opt-out information. See...


The Determined Dark Horse: Marquise "Hollywood" Brown (WR, Ravens, No. 25 Overall)

Episode 2 of Rookie Orientation profiles an explosive playmaker who happens to be one of the smallest players in the league, in Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, the 25th overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens. Matt Harmon takes a close look at the compelling story of the former Oklahoma receiver, who has defied the odds his entire life and is out to prove that just like his cousin Antonio Brown, he’s capable of being a transcendent star in the NFL. SUBSCRIBE to Rookie Orientation 🍎Apple...


The Prince Who Was Promised: Nick Bosa (DE, 49ers, No. 2 Overall)

The debut episode of Rookie Orientation profiles the most polarizing rookie of the 2019 NFL Draft class, Nick Bosa, who was selected No. 2 overall by the San Francisco 49ers. Matt Harmon tells you everything you need to know about the former Ohio State DE, who's so compelling, that he was the only incoming NFL rookie that President Trump was talking (or tweeting) about on draft night. See for privacy and opt-out information. See Privacy Policy at...


Coming May 20th: Rookie Orientation with Matt Harmon

Starting May 20th, join Yahoo Sports' Matt Harmon every Monday until Week 1 of the NFL season, for Rookie Orientation. With the help of analysts, former teammates, and those who know each player best, we’ll tell the stories of the 15 most compelling NFL rookies. Subscribe to the show so you don't miss the debut episode, featuring Ohio State standout and No. 2 overall pick by the San Fransisco 49ers, Joey Bosa. See for privacy and opt-out information. See Privacy Policy...