1. Workouts should confirm what you already know.
Agreed, unless they go counter to what you already know, then what? We have rated this guy highly, what the hell he just ran a 4.7?
2. How a player plays the game is just as important as any stat.
3. Numbers donít lie, but they donít tell the whole story.
4. Character is as important as talent.
Disagree, you can't just make this kind of blanket statement. Eric Smith is high character.
5. Your team will not win if they draft criminals.
If you draft too many I agree.
6. The Combine should be for medical evaluations and for coaches to interview players on coachability ó not to evaluate talent or second guess scout evaluations.
See my other comment above. If a guy you have rated low has a shockingly good workout or a guy you really like has a shockingly bad work out you have to go back and reaccess.
7. Scouts evaluate talent; they do not draft, or slot, players.
Hopefully if the Gm actually thinks highly of his scouts he will let them help in slotting them.
8. Coaches coach talent. History proves most, if not all are not good talent evaluators.
Agreed, and this has been a problem with the Jets.
9. GMís & coaches place the value of a player to the team; scouts cannot because they are too close to the playerís profile.
This is countered because coaches are too close to existing players and over value them. Rex is a prime example of this.
10. Many times, scouts plant ďinsideĒ details to manipulate and gather more information.
Not sure what this means, would need an example.
11. Donít just draft a guard. Draft centers who can play guard and guards that can play center.
Agreed if possible but you know what they say about guys that play multiple positions, they have no real position.
12. Drafting a franchise left tackle improves three positions: LT, LG & QB. Drafting a franchise center improves, center, guards and confidence on the rest of the line as well as the offensive coordinator and QB. I love drafting offensive linemen!
13. I love drafting offensive lineman, but you should be able to find a RG standing in the check-out line at Walmart. If he doesnít play center or left guard, let the other teams draft him.
I wouldn't go as far As this dude but agree it is not a priority position.
14. Pass rushing is not a specialty. It should be included in the evaluation of the DE or LB position in their totality.
Agreed. However it still stands far above something like pass coverage.
15. Tackling, or lack thereof, is a priority and the first skill I look for when evaluating all defensive positions. A CB can cover like a blanket, but if he doesnít want to tackle, he is worthless.
I disagree and so would a lot of coaches who feel they can coach up a player to be an average tackler. Dion Sanders was one of the worst tacklers you will see.
16. Insisting your team has to draft a certain player or the whole draft is a failure is a trap. The 2-board system shows you the talent in every round. No need to panic.
17. Every round must be looked at like it is as important as the first round. The goal must be to draft talent and value in every round. No more Mr. Irrelevant. Itís an insult to the player selected.
Agreed, too bad Tanny had the exact opposite view.
18. Bad teams in top ten should trade down whenever possible for more picks in the ďpresentĒ draft and not for future picks. Future picks are for future GMís and coaches.
I disagree, first of all it all depends who is on the board of course but at times drafting for future picks is the right thing to do if future drafts hold more value. Not to the extent that the Pats do it but it can be a good move for the franchise as a whole.
19. Never trade out of the top ten when you need a QB.
Totally disagree, this line of thinking will have the Jets over draft a QB at nine that is totally unworthy of the consideration.
20. Sell the farm (mother, wife included) to move up in a draft if you think a QB is a franchise QB and your teams needs one. Just ask for visitation rights for mom and a conjugal visit for the wife!
I do not disagree with this but you had better be right or you have pooched your team for multiple years. See the New York Jets.
21. Drafting BPA is nice to say, but donít believe it; pretty much everyone is drafting for needs.
Not always, there have been many cases where teams did not have a big need at the time but made the right draft. Colts had Marvin Harrison, drafted Reggie Wayne. Rams had Isacc Bruce, draft Tory Holt. Chiefs had priest holmes drafted Larry Johnson, giants drafting dlineman all the time. Packers have tons of recievers, draft cobb.
22. If a Head Coach blows a top ten selection because of character issues, you can bet he will be fired in about three years ó sometimes sooner.
Funny he is blaming this on the coach not the GM.
23. Donít believe the crap that this is a passing league. There are maybe five franchise QBís in the league. The rest need the threat of a good RB to be effective.
Sorry, this is just wrong. Brady and the pats had no run game for years, rogers and the packers have no run game, giants lat super bowl win they were very low in rush offense.
24. WRís and RBís can be found in any round in the draft, but there are exceptions to every rule.
Yes and the exceptions make this rule obsolete. For every Wr and RB that can be found there are alot that flop, just like any other position.
25. LBís do not have to run 4.30 40-yd dashes. They just have to be smart enough to know how not to get beat by an opponent who can run a 4.30 forty.
Only to a point because the other teams know your guy runs a 4.8 and will do everything they can to match up against him. See Bart Scott.