Matthew Fairburn

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Originally from Haverhill, Mass., Matthew Fairburn is a graduating senior at the University of Missouri. He has spent the last three years working as SB Nation's NFL Draft Editor and covered the Missouri football team for the Columbia Missourian this past season. You can follow him on Twitter @MatthewFairburn or email him at

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Jimmie Ward 2014 NFL Draft scouting report

Jimmie Ward made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl, but he was impacting football games long before that.

Marqise Lee 2014 NFL Draft scouting report

Did a down year expose some flaws in Marqise Lee's game?

Mocking the Draft podcast Episode 42


Can you believe it's almost here?

How to watch the Boston Marathon


A record turnout is expected for the 2014 Boston Marathon. Here's how to watch.

Trying to explain the Teddy Bridgewater fall

Why is Teddy Bridgewater falling in the NFL Draft? Well, it's funny you should ask, because nobody seems to have an answer.

NFL Mock Draft: Trading quarterbacks

Predicting the 2014 NFL Draft isn't easy, but we took another crack at it with a collaborative mock draft this week.

Live 2014 NFL Mock Draft on Podcast 41

On Episode 41 of the podcast, we did another live mock draft, and the quarterbacks once again fell.

Derek Carr 2014 NFL Draft scouting report

In terms of physical ability, Derek Carr has everything a team could ask for in a franchise quarterback. So what's holding him back?

Blake Bortles scouting report

What does Blake Bortles need to do in order to become a franchise quarterback?

NFL Mock Draft: Quarterbacks falling

How far could the quarterbacks slip in the NFL Draft? And how would that change the outcome of the first two rounds?


Quotables: Clowney continues to take criticism

An NFL personnel man was quoted as saying Clowney has "never worked a day in his life."

Mocking the Draft podcast Episode 40

Sometimes it's tough to figure out what's going on in the NFL Draft.


Quotables: Catching on

The Steelers have had a lot of turnover at wide receiver, but Mike Tomlin thinks the solution is already on the roster.

Mocking the Draft podcast: Episode 39

Pro days are almost over. We promise.


Thursday morning NFL news roundup

Kyle Rudolph thinks he's the best tight end in the NFL, and he wants a new contract.

Jason Verrett 2014 NFL Draft scouting report

Size is the only glaring issue for our top-ranked cornerback.

What if the Rams draft Jadeveon Clowney?

In our latest mock draft, the top two pass rushers and quarterbacks come off the board in the first five picks.

How to watch the Sweet 16

All the information you need to watch or listen to the Sweet 16.

2014 NFL Draft quarterback rankings

Even with all of the pre-draft buzz, our quarterback board hasn't changed much since the season ended.

Mocking the Draft podcast: Episode 38

We try to sort through the smoke screens on this week's podcast.


Tom Brady an eye witness to Boston fire

The tragic Boston Fire on Wednesday took place just two houses down from the home of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.


Johnny Manziel plans to throw in pads and helmet

It's Johnny Football day, and he's already making his pro day different than the others.

Meet the 2014 Tennessee Volunteers

One of three SEC schools to make the NCAA Tournament, Tennessee is one of the most surprising teams still alive in the Sweet 16.

USF pulls Masiello's offer for resume discrepancy

After a background check, USF discovered that something wasn't right with Steve Masiello's resume.

Tuesday NIT schedule and bracket update

Two more teams will punch their ticket to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Mock draft: Trades & QBs galore

In our latest mock draft, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater both come off the board early.

Mocking the Draft podcast: Episode 37

On Episode 37 of the podcast, we discussed pro days.

Cyrus Kouandjio 2014 NFL Draft scouting report

Once considered an early first-round pick, Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio has become one of the enigmas of the 2014 NFL Draft.

C.J. Mosley 2014 NFL Draft scouting report

After four years at Alabama, C.J. Mosley is ready to make an impact in the NFL.

Mocking the Draft podcast Episode 36

We've neglected Aaron Donald for too long.

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