From the Trenches – Scouting Running Backs

TGC From the Trenches - Scouting Running Backs

From the Trenches By Matt and Mike Vahey - Optimum Scouting The first article in our ongoing series highlighted our take on Offensive Line and the traits we value for that position.  Next up From the Trenches, we will be discussing the evaluation process of running backs; once again from the perspective of ex-offensive lineman.  For running … [Read more...]

From the Trenches – Scouting the Offensive Line

TGC Offensive Linemen From the Trenches

From the Trenches By Matt and Mike Vahey The first in a series of articles, we aim to give a unique perspective, from our point of view as ex-offensive linemen, on the certain attributes we believe give each position group the best chance to succeed.  While we realize each position has a plethora of evaluation criteria, we wanted to outline the … [Read more...]

Preseason Scouting

TGC College Football Preseason

By Eric Galko, Director - Optimum Scouting Preseason Scouting: What Goals to Reach, Where to Focus, and How to Get the Most Out of It The cliché is often repeated: For NFL teams, there is no off-season. And for the college scouts, the goal isn’t to draft a big board or make round projections. The goals are much broader, yet still crucial, than … [Read more...]

Players turned Evaluators

TGC Plymouth State Football

By Matt and Mike Vahey, Optimum Scouting First, we wanted to give a little background on us and our football careers.  While every football player’s dream is to get a scholarship and play big-time division 1 football, we eventually decided on Division 2 St. Anselm College (while we had interest from bigger programs, other personal and family … [Read more...]

The Physiology behind the NFL Combine – DL & LB

TGC Physiology behind the NFL Combine DL and LB

TFE contributor Casan Scott looks at the physiology behind the NFL Combine, analyzing position by position to give us a better understanding of exactly what the numbers really mean coming out of INDY each and every year. If you missed the introduction to this ongoing series, here's a quick link that will catch you up to speed - Click … [Read more...]

Scouting College Quarterbacks – Cognative Ability/Muscle Memory

TGC Scouting College Quarterbacks Part 14

This is the 11th and final section of the running series on Scouting College Quarterbacks. Author Malcolm Gladwell stated that it takes up to "10,000 hours of practice" to become an expert at anything.  This repetitive practice produces the cognative ability and internal muscle memorization where upon the action becomes almost rote.  Football … [Read more...]

The Physiology behind the NFL Combine – RB’s, WR’s, & TE’s

TGC NFL Combine WR's

TFE contributor Casan Scott looks at the physiology behind the NFL Combine, analyzing position by position to give us a better understanding of exactly what the numbers really mean coming out of INDY each and every year.  If you missed the introduction to this ongoing series, here's a quick link that will catch you up to speed - Click Here.  We … [Read more...]

Scouting College Quarterbacks – INTANGIBLES

TGC Scouting College Quarterbacks Part 12

Here is the ninth section in the ongoing series of the intricacies of scouting college quarterbacks. Intangibles are those "fuzzy" factors that you can't put a statistical measurement on when it comes to evaluating any position on the football field.  But perhaps no other single category has brought down the future development of young … [Read more...]

Scouting College Quarterbacks – PRODUCTION

TGC Scouting College Quarterbacks Part 11

Here is the eighth section in the ongoing series of the intricacies of scouting college quarterbacks. There won't be many (if any) football people argue with the notion that the quarterback is the most important catalyst to a TEAM winning in just about any level of the sport.  Today's game is so heavily predicated on the skill and abilities of the … [Read more...]

Scouting College Quarterbacks – COGNITIVE ABILITY/MUSCLE MEMORY

TGC Scouting College Quarterbacks Part 10

Here is the seventh section in the ongoing series of the intricacies of scouting college quarterbacks. I've felt for years and throughout my football career; as a player, coach and personnel executive, that many talented players have "withered on the vine" as a result of lack of reps.  Coaches at every level are conceding the fact that they just … [Read more...]