CFL Scout Russ Lande and RSP author Matt Waldman discuss what they would change about the NFL Combine, share how the deservedly maligned Wonderlic Test can actually have a reasonable purpose for scouting NFL talent, and reflect on players that influenced our scouting of talent.
This is a jam-packed show with excellent topics:
- Why Russ would make the NFL Combine a two-week event to help NFL teams collect the most vital information.
- Why the gauntlet drill is an outdated workout with only marginal usefulness relative to current technology.
- The value of the “L” drill for offensive linemen and how Russ learned to tweak it to determine which players have a great mind-motor link.
- Is there value for the Wonderlic test despite the test being a culturally-biased tool that doesn’t appropriately measure the most important forms of intelligence required for on-field play? Surprisingly, there is but many teams still approach the Wonderlic with a complete lack of sophistication.
- Coaches and scouts have players that influence them for good or for bad. How did Dan Fouts, Leslie O’Neal, Bill “White Shoes” Johnson, and Earnest Byner influence Russ and Matt?
- Russ’s Frank Gore and Edgerrin James stories.
- Russ and Matt discuss three players that caught their attention this month.
- Bonus discussion: Is Jake Fromm a starter talent?
This was another episode where we could have gone at least another hour. We hope you enjoy.
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