Are NFL Pre-Draft workouts really all that necessary?

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When it comes to evaluating a potential draft pick, Herm Edwards has a saying; “Don’t tell me what the kid can’t do, tell me what he can do.” If every GM and coach had this same philosophy, would the road to the NFL draft be so excruciating for some young prospects? It seems as though the NFL, more than any other professional sport,  puts more emphasis on pre-draft workouts for its incoming rookie class. There's the annual NFL Combine and … [Read more...]

A lot of Smoke & Mirrors as the 2014 NFL Draft pot reaches a boil

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Have you ever put a tea kettle on the stove to boil some water?  I’m sure most of you have, so you understand how water rumbles under the flame as the kettle begins to heat up.  It usually starts out slow and steady, but as the temperature rises to 212 degrees it seems like the pot might just jump off the stove and land on the floor.  Suddenly all that built up energy lets loose and results in a high pitched whistle. Part of the process So … [Read more...]

Riding the Wave of Analytics

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One of the hardest parts of overseeing a Player Personnel Department is attempting to separate internal bias and emotion from the external reality of performance.  During my days as the Denver Broncos General Manager (and also as Director of College Scouting) it was my responsibility to ensure that a complete and thorough evaluation of potential candidates for addition to the roster was made (whether through the NFL Draft or Free Agency).  We … [Read more...]

Scouting football talent – Checking off the CHARACTER box

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The events of the past few weeks have once again brought into focus the question of character in professional sports and in particular the National Football League.  The debate will surge a demand for more emphasis, better vetting, stronger punishments.  Sixteen years in the NFL gives me a perspective that many talking about this subject don’t have and can’t fully appreciate.  The immense popularity of professional football and the money that has … [Read more...]

Scouting Football Talent – NFL Draft Second 5 Facts

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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

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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...]

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

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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...]

Some advice in choosing an NFL Sports Agent

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As the college football season begins to wind down the NFL Draft season starts to crank up.  Already we’ve seen the declaration of some underclassmen and the seniors have been chomping at the bit since the last snaps of their collegiate careers.  Now begins the games within the game.  Not since their courtship of recruitment out of high school has so much attention been rained down upon the top playmakers headed into the 2013 NFL Draft. The … [Read more...]

Ripple effects of replacement officials – Green Bay vs Seattle

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In the official NFL Play by Play it went down like this; 4Q (0:08) 4-10 GB24 Russell Wilson pass complete deep left to Golden Tate for 24 yards, touchdown.  GB 12 SEA 13. The ripples The Seattle crowd exploded after Referee Wayne Elliott confirmed what Seahawk fans “hoped” they had seen.  Twitter then blew up with angry reactions from every angle; fans, media, former players… you name it. I then responded with my own tweet; Ted … [Read more...]

The drafting of Redskins retiring RB Clinton Portis – Part II

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The following is the second part of my account of the drafting of retiring RB Clinton Portis with the Denver Broncos in 2002. Bronco scouts were convinced of his talent, though skeptical of its consistency.  Even legendary RB coach Bobby Turner was reluctant to put him as a “can’t miss” prospect.  I saw a different player and my 7.0 final grade placed him firmly in the 1st round. Scouting report Exc mix of qks, spd & str. Tremendous … [Read more...]