Every year, hundreds of players feel they are ready to take their "talents" to the NFL despite having another year of college eligibility. While various media websites may lead players and their families to believe heading to the NFL early is the right decision, scouts often disagree.
Former NFL personnel executive Greg Gabriel details the process and his first hand expereince right here:
Evaluating football character is very important in the scouting process. Often times, NFL teams will comment on how some big school players act like it's their right to be in the NFL and give up the hunger to get better. Regardless if you are a big school or small kid on an NFL roster, the work must never slow down. Football character drives this desire to be truly great.
Below is an article on football character from longtime scout:
Inside The League Editor in Chief recently called Travis Martz to talk about how Ryan Smith became such a hot prospect during the pre-draft process. The full story can be read via the link below:
Client Quinton Dial shows you what life is like in the trenches on an NFL Sunday. Check out the video link below!
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette published a great story highlighting the importance of undrafted players in the NFL. While every player wants to hear their name called on Draft Day, it's extremely valuable to be able to pick your own team as a priority free agent when the draft ends. Albert Wilson on the Kansas City Chiefs is a perfect example. The Chiefs did not draft any WR's, and their depth was thin. After the NFL Draft, we knew Albert's best opportunity to make the 53 man roster was KC, so we selected them to sign. Albert made the 53!
Here's the article link: http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2014/09/07/400-players-on-NFL-rosters-never-heard-their-name-called-in-the-draft/stories/201409070235
Albert Wilson has been hot since training camp started for the Kansas City Chiefs. Here's an article with excellent veteran comments on Wilson's performance:
2014 NFL Draft Top 100
60 draft picks where SENIORS = 60%
40 draft picks where JUNIORS =40%
2014 NFL Draft Top 10
4 draft picks where SENIORS = 40%
6 draft picks where JUNIORS = 60%
2014 NFL DRAFT Top 50
27 draft picks where SENIORS = 54%
23 draft picks where JUNIORS = 46%
2014 NFL Draft Total
195 draft picks where SENIORS = 76%
61 draft picks where JUNIORS = 24%
37 of the 98 JUNIORS that Declared did not get drafted = 38% went Undrafted
National Football Post is always providing insightful and relevant news in this modern era of information overload. Anyone can have a football based website, but not everyone can attract the contributors NFL enjoys. Below is a NFL Club vs Agent role play in the negotiation of a second NFL contract:
Part I - The Team makes an offer
Part II - The Agent counters the offer with a new offer
To cap an interesting season, this picture epitomizes the saying "good things come to those who wait." DeWayne Cherrington started his NFL career on the New England Patriots but finished it on the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. Despite some time not on any NFL team during the 2013 season, DeWayne never gave up his dream of returning to the NFL. His conditioning and mental preparation reaped dividends when the Seahawks called and placed him on the practice squad. The coaches immediately recognized that not only was DeWayne the strongest player on the team, but he could move well for a 340 lb defensive lineman. Seahawks may have found their big nose tackle in the middle for many years to come. Congrats on your super bowl victory, DeWayne!