Scouts running the show

April 22nd, 2010 at 10:59 pm by under 4 Warn Weather

It occurs to me tonight that the Bills pick of C.J. Spiller in the first round was a pick that NFL scouts would make, not necessarily coaches.  And I’m reminded of a comment Buddy Nix made eight days ago, in the Bills media pre-draft lunch

He talked about the way the consensus is reached to make a certain pick, and how he planned on soliciting input from scouts and coaches, but Buddy added, the scouts opinions are valued the most.  According to Nix, the scouts get the most exposure to the draft prospects and do the most research.  The coaches come into the process later on.

It stands to reason that coaches might be more interested in filling needs, plugging roster holes.  Scouts, on the other hand, are slaves to the grade theyve assigned to each player.  So when C.J. Spiller is available at number nine, probably with a much higher grade than any offensive tackle or quarterback available to the Bills, it’s a no brainer for the scouting staff.  And it’s probably a good thing for the franchise.

When the Bills enjoyed their greatest success, the scouts ran the show.  Bill Polian, John Butler, A.J. Smith–they all cut their teeth in scouting.  They had no problem ignoring whatever the pressing needs of the coaching staff might be, and going with the best grade on their board.  It worked during the Super Bowl years.  Let’s see if it still works.

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