Heavy odds against high school/college players making it to the NFL

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NFL Free Agency is into its second week and some major activity has already captured the headlines of sports pages across the country.  Just in the first 24 hours alone there were 49 players grabbing $358,040,000 in guaranteed money over contracts valued at a total of $879,075,000.  Again, this was just on DAY 1! Quick Pick The anticipation and excitement leading up to the first 24 was nothing short of the same fanatical frenzy that drives … [Read more...]

Pro Days, Their Value, & What Non-NFL Personnel Should Focus On

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Pro Days, Their Value to Teams and What Non-NFL Personnel Should Be Focusing On By Eric Galko - Optimum Scouting The NFL combine is the mecca of the post-season evaluation process. While the players aren’t in full pads, engaging in contact drills or running actual plays, they are able to showcase their athleticism (or lack thereof) on the field and answer questions for inquisitive managers and coaches off of it. But not every eligible prospect … [Read more...]

The APTUS Test and its growing effect on NFL Draft evaluations

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The rigors of building a success NFL career put strain not only on the physical capacities of a young athlete, but also on his ability to handle the mental stress of keeping up in the hyper-competitive world of a professional football.  NFL scouts are fully aware of the importance of bringing back to club decision makers an accurate projection of a player's "ability to learn".   During the early years of modern day player evaluation, scouts … [Read more...]

Another piece to the NFL Prospect puzzle – Pro Days

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Pro Days are a big part of the overall NFL Draft evaluation process and continue to evolve as this particular piece of professional football becomes even more of a closely scrutinized "event".  Focus on the annual NFL Combine has been magnified as a result of NFL Network's coverage, but a College Pro Day is just as important to a particular school's overall ratings as is live coverage of wide receivers running their 40-yard dash. College coaches … [Read more...]

2014 NFL Combine – Keep an eye out for some of these draft prospects

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It's an arduous task trying to follow each and every prospect at the NFL Combine, but that's exactly what coaches and scouts will attempt to do over the next few days.  Wall to wall coverage on the NFL Network and drowning a the sea of "tweets" will more than likely muddy the waters for many looking to predict which route their favorite team will take come selection time.   Remember, this is just one piece of the puzzle that club decision makers … [Read more...]

NFL Draft Prospects – Declared Underclassmen Preview

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I sat on the NFL's Underclass Advisory Committee for a number of years.  Our job was to give an unbiased assessment of where a particular college football player (underclassman) might be selected in the coming draft.  There were multiple inputs from a number of clubs, each with their own evaluation techniques and philosophies.  The goal was to provide a broad but informative recommendation to a young player who might be contemplating forgoing his … [Read more...]

Reviewing “Schooled: The Price of College Sports”

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The actions of the NCAA and their treatment of student athletes has long been a major issue for me. I have developed a small reputation through my writing and broadcasting career for being outspoken towards the sporting monopoly that is the National Collegiate Athletic Association. I have long been enamored with large media corporations seemingly backing up the corrupt system that makes them multi-millions of dollars a year. The only major … [Read more...]

2014 NFL Draft: East-West Shrine Game Prospects Preview

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Taber Small of NationalUnderclassmen.com continues his extensive evaluation of the 2014 NFL Draft class by examining some of the top prospects invited to the East-West Shrine Game.  TFE brings you Taber's reports and combines them with video game highlights created by DraftBreakdown.com to give you a platform to make your own evaluation of some of the best participating talent at this year's Shrine Game. The Football Educator  East … [Read more...]

2014 NFL Draft – “Gentlemen, start stacking your boards!”

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It's that time of year again and it started when the last seconds of a thrilling BCS National Championship Game (goodbye and good riddance) ticked off the clock.  Florida State's victory over "Uber-Conference" SEC representative Auburn University marked the end of another college football season and the beginning of a mad dash for gaining the attention of NFL scouts over the next several months.  No doubt professional football evaluators know who … [Read more...]

What Evaluators Can Really Gain From Scouting at All-Star Games

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What’s Next: What Evaluators Can Really Gain From Scouting at All-Star Games By  Eric Galko The college football season is complete, and the NFL playoffs are in full form. But the NFL Draft season is finally getting started. The first step for evaluators now that these 2014 NFL Draft prospects have finished their playing careers is the post-season All-Star games. The two feature events at the Shrine Game (January 13th to 18th) and Senior Bowl … [Read more...]