Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Scout Talk with Russ Lande: Changing the Combine, the Wonderlic, and Prospect Talk

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  • Why the gauntlet drill is an outdated workout with only marginal usefulness relative to current technology.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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