Consistency is key when scouting talent for the NFL Draft

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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...]

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...]

EPA – Exceeding Peer Average & its relevance to the NFL Combine

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Part two of Joe Landers' study on the relevance of the NFL Combine takes a hard look at the notion of EPA (Exceeding Peer Average) and the idea that one single athletic attribute can lead a young prospect to success, but that an understanding of the correlative combinations in reference to one's peer group is a better predictor over the long run. Here's the link to Part 1 if you missed it - Seeking to find the relevance of the NFL Combine. The … [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...]

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...]

The Increasing Size of College Football Players

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As the college football winds down with the start of Bowl Season, NFL scouts are finishing up their preliminary evaluations and preparing for the second phase of the overall process.  All-Star games, the NFL Combine, and school Pro Days will allow clubs to nail down accurate measurables to cross with the on field production monitored over the course of the past season.   The final height, weight, speed recordings on these athletes are just flat … [Read more...]