In this run-up to the NFL Draft, one of the things we always hear about is a group of coaches from a team either visiting a player or being visited by one for a private workout. As John Congemi explains, the purposes of these workouts are quite varied…
Guest Blog, by John Congemi
Every NFL team is on the clock right now visiting multiple college campuses searching for information that they feel will give them the advantage going into this year’s draft. General managers and head coaches are getting a private look at players they have a high degree of interest in, or some cases, may visit players just to give the illusion of interest to possibly alter someone else’s decision making or thought process. The Dolphins are looking to improve their team speed overall, and this week they’ve reportedly been spending most of their time looking at players from the SEC. There have been reports linking the team to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Alabama’s running back Mark Ingram and to Arkansas’s gunslinger Ryan Mallett. The advantage of these personal workouts are limitless. You might ask Mallett to throw different routes that fit into the new offensive scheme, or ask questions that will bring clarity to issues that have surfaced away from football. You can develop more of a one-on-one relationship with a player if he’s someone your really considering selecting, or find out that player doesn’t fit the direction of your team.
Other players will be evaluated at these three schools, but teams like the Dolphins are really trying to capture information not only about the players they workout, but others that these players played against! Maybe ask Cam Newton how good his center is, or ask Mark Ingram what kind of work ethic does Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones have? It’s possible to ask Auburn defensive end Nick Fairley what kind of problems Ingram presented to him? All I’m trying to say is that every piece of information is valuable to an organization and the Dolphins and other teams are trying to build a case to possibly draft someone at the 15th selection, and they need this player to make an impact! Some of these players will also visit Davie over the next couple of weeks to further solidify the Dolphins belief that they’ve either identified their man, or just to give an illusion to others which direction they will go in late April.
Remember, football is a game–and not just on the field!
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