With the start of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine today in Indianapolis, Redskins fans can officially shift their focus to the long road to the NFL Draft.
The Scouting Combine was originally designed to provide teams with medical information on the players they might one day invest thousands of dollars in. Now, the Redskins will join the other 31 teams in attendance to mentally and physically poke and prod each of the 333 invitees in what has truly become the world’s most public job interview.
Wall-to-wall coverage of the Combine begins on the NFL Network Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and runs through next Wednesday evening. You can catch every 40-yard dash, 225-pound bench press, and three-cone drill in real time. You can watch as some NFL dreams take root, while others are stomped out.
Helping you and I understand the results and gauge the importance of the Combine is Redskins Director of Player Personnel Scott Campbell, who is now entering his 13th season with the Washington Redskins.
As was highlighted in yesterday’s post, Campbell and his staff deserve huge credit for the scouting work that went into last year’s landmark draft. However, there is much more to be said by the soft-spoken director of college scouting, as he prepares for one of the biggest days of his NFL calendar.
Check out the rest of his interview below:
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Redskins Director of Player Personnel Scott Campbell is entering his 27th NFL season and his 13th with the Washington Redskins. Campbell originally joined the Redskins staff in 2001 as Director of College Scouting and in 2008 he was promoted to his current role as Director of Player Personnel.
As son of Marion Campbell, former head coach for the Atlanta Falcons and the defensive coordinator for the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (1980), Scott’s NFL background is an extensive one to say the least, serving in numerous roles throughout his tenure in the league.
Fans sometimes look at the NFL season within the microscope of a five month season and yearly April draft. However, for Scott Campbell and the other team scouts, championships are won and/or lost in the time spent off of the gridiron. Read more »
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For the last two weeks, all the different people who take part in the scouting and drafting process — the personnel folks, the scouting staff, the coaches — have been holed up in draft meetings for hours each day. Every so often, they’d emerge from the meeting room in a pack, blinking in the bright lights, and take a fifteen minute break before heading back in for more work.
The worst of those meetings are over now, so I sat down with Director of Player Personnel Scott Campbell. Information is especially precious at this point in the drafting process, so we didn’t discuss specific players or strategies. But he did tell me where the process stands, how draft day trades affect scouting, and how players can shoot up and down mock draft boards like yoyos on a string.
All right: less than a week until the draft. Where in the process are you and your staff now?
Campbell: “Well, the scouts just finished up two weeks of the intense meetings, basically setting our board. And the scouts have left — they went home Friday night, they’ll be back Wednesday. When they get back, they’ll double-check and verify things like phone numbers and agents. They’ll get in touch with a lot of kids we have as priority free agent targets and start showing them interest, telling them that if they don’t get drafted, this is a place that we’d really love to have them come.
“With the volume of guys, it takes several days to do that, to get your foot in the door with a lot of the players.
“Here on the homefront with us, me and Vinny [Cerrato], the coaches, just met with the doctors, going over all the questions we had in terms of the medical reviews. Some of the kids have been rechecked from the Combine, and we want to know what their updated medical status is. And there’s a handful of players that were not invited to the combine that we needed medical information on, so we review those files. That’s kinda where we are into the weekend.
Those draft meetings really did seem to go on all day every day for two weeks. What’s actually happening in the room?
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Well, the offseason is officially underway for all but two teams. The coaching carousel is spinning furiously, and the football hot stove season is getting into full swing with the Senior Bowl practices this week in Mobile, Alabama. From one perspective, this is the collegiate all-star game that matters the most to pro scouts, when the best college seniors of the previous year get together under NFL coaching staffs — this year the Bengals and the Jaguars — and practice in an NFL system. From another perspective, it’s somewhere between a meat market and Black Friday at Best Buy.
This year’s Senior Bowl is of special note to Redskins fans, because when the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame adds two members for 2009, they’ll both be Redskins. That’s right — in an ironic echo of August’s Redskins Day at the Pro Footbal Hall of Fame, when Darrell Green and Art Monk had Canton, Ohio, painted burgundy, this Friday’s ceremony will honor Shaun Alexander and Jason Taylor. Somehow, I doubt that’s going to inspire quite the same level of enthusiasm from Skins fans, but I suppose you never know.
Anyhow, in the run-up to Senior Bowl week, Gary Fitzgerald of Redskins.com and I had the chance to sit down with Redskins director of player personnel Scott Campbell to find out what he’s looking for and what it’s like down there in Mobile, Alabama.
Talk in general terms about the Senior Bowl. What makes it so appealing to personnel guys?
What we like about [the Senior Bowl] is that it’s coached by NFL coaching staffs, so their practice setups and the drills that they’re doing are what we do. So it’s easy to see all the one-on-ones, the inside drills, the pass skeleton team drills, with NFL coaching.
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