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Scouting the NFL scouting staffs

Observing how teams cover the all-star games can give you a hint into the efficiency of their scouting departments. Jack Bechta

Print This January 16, 2013, 06:30 PM EST

Different styles/methods: The Bears staff has a private conference room for interviews and internal meetings, most of their scouting staff is here and are covering this game like their lives are at stake. Other teams will track players down and interview them in a hallway. Last night, Packers GM Ted Thompson was here keeping a low profile but intensely focusing in on a handful of players. (He most likely is stepping in for new Chiefs GM John Dorsey who is usually a fixture at these games.) The Saints, who for the last five years have feasted on finding productive undrafted free agents, also had a regalia of their top scouts here. The Titans top brass, including GM Ruston Webster is also here with a very focused list of players to watch and interview. On the contrary, some teams have just two young regional scouts here covering 116 players.

In observing the different staffs and their methods it’s easy to get a sense of which teams have a plan, get the most out of the all star games and have an edge in the information and evaluation gathering process.

The players at these games have prepared their whole life for this moment and only come to these games to be evaluated by NFL teams. If the scouts weren’t here they wouldn’t be here either. They risk getting injured just 3 months before the draft. Teams can at least take these games as serious as the players do. Believe it or not some don’t! In my personal opinion, they are fools.

All-star games give evaluators a real opportunity for adding another layer of information about a prospect. It’s just one small but important piece of the total process where some teams win and others fall short.

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