Consistency is key when scouting talent for the NFL Draft

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

Optimum Scouting – 2014 NFL Draft 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 … [Read more...]

Unlocking the “It Factor”: 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. … [Read more...]

Scouting Football Talent – NFL Draft Second 5 Facts

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 … [Read more...]

Scouting Football Talent – Now and in the future

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 … [Read more...]

Scouting Football Talent – NFL Draft First 5 Facts

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

Scouting Football Talent – Tight Ends required

Recently 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 … [Read more...]

Scouting Football Talent – Building a better O-Line (Wall)

Continuing the series on where to look for the best incoming talent through the annual NFL Draft, addresses the all important yet oft-overlooked offensive line. A " Chorus Line" Generally speaking it’s difficult to fathom any sustained success without a consistently stable front five, and the best way to describe a … [Read more...]