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How teams view coaching input on scouting

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2013 – 8:17 am

While we covered how Doug Marrone and his coaching staff have input in the college scouting process on the home page of this morning, it’s interesting to see how other NFL clubs work that dynamic in preparation for the NFL draft. Here’s a sampling from NFL GMs and coaches as to how they handle it.

“It’s a team approach,” said San Francisco GM Trent Baalke. “The coaches aren’t sitting in the draft room with us, but at the same time there is a stage when they are going into the process. And that stage starts with the combine. So we look forward to bouncing things of each other because it’s all about finding players that fit the system. That’s all we’re looking for.”

“I always use the saying that the scouts help bring the information to the bridge, and without the coaches, you can’t cross the bridge,” said Miami GM Jeff Ireland. “You have to have both involved in this evaluation period. I want all eyes on all players. The mental aspect of the scheme fit is important to us. We have our coaches talk football, so they get involved in that regard. I think it’s a very important aspect of things. The final decision, it’s a collective process.”

“The one thing I think that helped us last year was our scouts and our coaches had a huge meeting and identified what it takes from a characteristic standpoint and skill set standpoint to function in our schemes, offensively and defensively. By getting everybody on the same page, we identified guys as a Viking fit.

“Is this guy going to fit what we need him to do in his particular position? There are guys that are very good football players, but they may not fit from a scheme standpoint. But our coaches get very heavily involved.”

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