Consistency is key when scouting talent for the NFL Draft

TGC Consistency is Key in NFL Scouting

By Shane Tidrick The 2014 NFL draft is rapidly approaching, and while we await the highly anticipated annual event, discussions as to who should be taken first continue to heat up. Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, and Teddy Bridgewater are among the favorites of fans and analysts alike. But what makes this particular draft interesting is that there's no sure fire guy, as opposed to when Andrew Luck was clearly the favorite for the number one … [Read more...]

NFL Combine & Patriots – Is history a trajectory of the future?

TGC Patriots Draft and NFL Combine

TFE's last two posts have looked at the statistical correlations of NFL Combine results and the resulting productivity of the individual prospect at the next level.   Seeking to find the relevance of the NFL Combine EPA – Exceeding Peer Average & its relevance to the NFL Combine The relevance of the NFL Combine appears to ebb and flow depending upon who you choose to listen to and the context you're willing to adhere to regarding … [Read more...]

The 1st of a 2014 mock draft roundup for the Dallas Cowboys

TGC Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft

The NFL Combines continues to be the primary way for teams to weigh and gauge the rookie talent that will be available at the NFL Draft. Given the cap restrictions the Dallas Cowboys face and the injuries that derailed 2013, this year the Draft for the Cowboys could be the most important one they have had in over a decade. Between now and the actual Draft I will probably do 4 to 5 dozen mock drafts to look at who they can possibly add to improve … [Read more...]

Optimum Scouting – 2014 NFL Draft Season Preview

TGC Season Preview

The Football Educator has run across a lot of quality work and detailed evaluations in the scouting process leading up to the annual NFL draft.  Too many of the same "network names" get all the attention, and perhaps too much credit, for their prognosticating of players and then many times molding their mocks off each other!   There's young scouting talent out there waiting to be recognized and I like what I see out of OptimumScouting.com. … [Read more...]

Unlocking the “It Factor”: Emotional Intelligence

TGC Emotional Intelligence

By Shawn Zobel In the scouting profession, there is a term that is designated to players that seem to have an indescribable trait that words can't explain. This trait is displayed with a player's clutch ability to stay cool and collected, lead a team, and win games in the most high-pressure situations that the player will ever face in his career. Scouts usually refer to this magical trait as the "It Factor." Having scouted players opting for … [Read more...]

Scouting Football Talent – NFL Draft Second 5 Facts

TGC NFL Draft 2013

Scouting Football Talent We've discussed in the past the importance of clubs doing their due diligence in making first round selections.  As the start of the 2013 NFL Draft fast approaches, organizations are going back over their own evaluation processes to ensure that no "surprise stone" is left unturned.  My experience says that most NFL front office decision makers are locked in to their desired selections should the cards fall in their … [Read more...]

Scouting Football Talent – Now and in the future

TGC Scouting Football Talent

Scouting Football Talent As the draft process begins to wind down and clubs start to zero in on their selections for 2013, scouts are already busy planning for the 2014 draft.  In fact the overall process for this season started well in advance of this same time last year and the amount of club investment in time, work, and dollars for 7 young 21/22 year olds to add to their roster is at times unfathomable.  Yet the annual NFL Draft is thought … [Read more...]

Scouting Football Talent – NFL Draft First 5 Facts

TGC 2013 NFL Draft

Scouting Football Talent Putting the finishing touches on a first round draft choice requires ensuring that all the boxes are checked off and the various angles examined.  The Football Educator is not a fan of the mock draft process, but recently I was asked to present my Top 10 picks from a general manager's perspective. Along with Charley Casserly the two of us surmised who we would each select given the scenarios facing the club at the … [Read more...]

NFL Draft “risers & fallers” – 5 reasons not to buy it

TGC NFL Draft Risers and Fallers

As Pro Days wind down and the clock towards the NFL Draft continues to tick there’s not much else for the pundits to do but tweak their positional rankings and adjust their 1st round mocks.  The analogy often used is a player’s stock “rising or falling” as if the current economic crisis in Cyprus is going to have much effect on the commodity of tight ends taken. Contrary to the picture that’s painted, NFL draft boards don’t fluctuate with the … [Read more...]

Scouting Football Talent – Tight Ends required

TGC Leaping Owen Daniels

Recently TheFootballEducator.com looked at the trending of the Tight End position in the National Football League.  It had been noted by one of the astute pundits on Monday Night Football the incredible athleticism and ability of Pittsburgh’s own Heath Miller.  Miller had made what we admit was a rather incredible move to create separation off the line of scrimmage and then make the over the shoulder grab to tie the score against the game … [Read more...]