On Thursday afternoon, I had the good fortune of doing a second NFL Draft preview podcast with Gil Brandt, scouting legend/guru/sage/oracle/insert-plaudit-here. Brandt’s experience, knowledge, and insight into the draft and scouting process in the NFL really cannot be understated.
Mr. Brandt and I did our first podcast interview about a month ago, focusing primarily on the history of the scouting combine and how NFL personnel departments operate. This podcast gets far more specific about the 2010 NFL Draft, which is right around the corner: next Thursday.
Use the player below to listen to the podcast right here on the site. The Gil Brandt interview begins at about the 9:30 mark.
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Among the topics Mr. Brandt and I discuss:
- How he spends the week leading up to the draft and draft day.
- The latest movement in Brandt’s Hot 100.
- His thoughts on Eric Berry and why the Tennessee safety may not be a top 5 pick even though he might be the “best” player in the draft.
- The positives and negatives of Jimmy Clausen.
- Why Brandt has Tim Tebow listed among the top 30 players overall in his Hot 100, and how the criticisms about Tebow remind Brandt of criticisms faced by Roger Staubach when he came into the league.
- What late first round or early second round pick could have a Percy Harvin-like impact on the league as a rookie?
- We also get to some reader questions, including the positives and negatives of trading back to acquire more picks and how teams balance drafting the “best player” with certain measurables that they look for.
- Finally, because it is his speciality, I ask Gil Brandt for a few names who will get taken very late or be free agents who could blossom someday into NFL stars.
Also, as a special treat for our readers, there is a quick impromptu warm-up conversation between me and fellow MSF writer Nick Gerlach during which we discuss the sordid details of Ben Roethlisberger’s unfortunate partying habits. (Note: there are a few NSFW words uttered during this part of the podcast.)
I hope you enjoy the podcast. It was certainly a thrill for me, and I want to thank Mr. Brandt again for being so generous with his time and opinions.