Pro football scouting is a broad topic. Books have been written about it. Hundreds of scouts are employed by the NFL teams full-time, and hundreds more scout full-time for the CFL, the media, and other entities. Zoom out a bit and consider the number of amateur talent evaluators who write blogs or post to social media to express their opinions, and these numbers reach the thousands, if not tens of thousands.
Scouting is also, really, at the very heart of what our community here at PowerHouseGM.com cares about and takes pride in. We are passionate NFL fans, and, as much as we love watching the games on Sundays in the fall, we’re at least as obsessed with what happened before to build the teams we’re watching, and what needs to happen in the off-season for poor teams to improve, and good teams to stay on top.
Scouting is what informs the player acquisition process, from the first pick in the NFL Draft and the biggest free agent signings to “Mr. Irrelevant,” undrafted free agent signings, and street free agents picked up during the season to fill in for injured players.
When we talk about “scouting,” we’re almost always referring to the evaluation of college football players who will be eligible for the next NFL Draft. Of course, many undrafted players will also go on to have successful careers in the NFL, some of them very successful careers (e.g., Kurt Warner, Wes Welker, Antonio Gates, and Tony Romo.) So, it’s not just about making your team’s picks over three days and seven rounds. It’s also about finding the players who slip through the cracks who can come in and help make your team better.
Scouting at the pro level is also exceedingly important, and we certainly don’t mean to diminish it by focusing on draft prospect scouting. But, players in the NFL are to a much greater extent known quantities, and much of the projection and guesswork is no longer needed.
If you’re interested in the scouting process, we’re here to help. If you’re just visiting, we hope you find our information interesting and educational. If you’re a PowerHouse member running a virtual NFL team on our site, we want you to be as successful as you can be, and we hope you find information here that helps you hone your skills as an evaluator.
You and I may not have the training, experience, resources, or access that the professionals working fo the NFL team personnel departments have, but we know enough to have an opinion, and we care – deeply – about being correct as often as we can be, and learning from our mistakes.
The first goal of the scouting process is to come to a conclusive opinion – one that you can live with and are comfortable with – about each prospect as far as what his value and role might be at the next level.
This conclusive opinion might be…
Regardless of which of these applies, regardless of the reason for your interest in developing your own conclusive opinions, you’ll do the best job possible if you can accomplish what NFL personnel departments attempt to accomplish during the scouting process.
The process for NFL personnel departments involves several stages, after which they will have just about everything they need to evaluate a prospect and make a call on him.