In episode six of Matt Waldman’s RSP Scout Talk with Russ Lande, Russ and Matt discuss player leadership styles, the challenge of evaluating leadership ability pre-draft, the characteristics of successful long-term scouts, and common misconceptions about the profession of scouting.
Whether he’s a vocal leader, a leader by example, a coach on the field, or the glue of the locker room, anywhere there are draft media with a microphone or a tape recorder, there’s a prospect telling them that he’s a leader. This week, Russ Lande and I discuss what makes a player a good leader, keys to identifying leadership skills as a scout, and why every football player shouldn’t be a leader.
Later, we talk about scouts with decades of tenure and why they’ve been successful and touch upon the common misconceptions about the profession of scouting. This includes the short-sightedness of management cleaning house and firing scouts en masse after draft picks fail as well as an in-depth conversation about the Patriots’ failures at picking wide receivers that is less of an issue with scouts than you may think.
We finish the show with thoughts about four prospects who’ve caught our eyes this week, including the compelling story of UAB linebacker Fitzgerald Mofor.
If you love the NFL Draft and player evaluation, you’ll find these conversations fascinating and enjoyable. You can follow Russ on Twitter @RussLande and read more of his content at www.russlande.com
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