Home Scouting 101: Know Your Team

As many of you that follow the site know, I am an avid follower of the NFL Draft.  When I first started following the draft as a kid, I just watched the draft religiously and then read up on all the players the Lions drafted after the fact.  Over the last 15-20 years the draft has gained so much popularity that there are far more resources for draftniks like me to use.  We’re now in the thick of draft season now that the Senior Bowl and Combine are completed and Pro Days have started.  There are several steps that the “At Home Scout” should follow and the first is know your team.

When I do my draft preparations I conduct them as if I am the Lions’ General Manager and I am drafting for the team.  The first step in that process is undertsanding the team’s needs and what type of players fit the coaching staff requirements.

Coach Schwartz  and Martin Mayhew approach the draft with a best player available at a position that makes sense.  If Cam Newton is the highest rated player on their board and he’s sitting there at 13 the Lions obviously wouldn’t draft him because that would make no sense with Stafford on board already.

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