(CBS) Here’s something you probably never thought would get published.
Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo published a series of blogs to TheSidelineView.com that essentially give advice on how to draft the right player in the NFL Draft.
One blog is titled The Importance Of Football Character, but it reads more like a “how-to” on drafting college players.
Angelo, as you remember, was fired predominately for failing to execute successful drafts and build depth on both the offensive and defensive sides of the football.
Here are some excerpts:
Drafting talent is easy. Drafting talent with character and a good medical report is the ultimate challenge for any personnel evaluator.
There are much better ways to evaluate a football player than on just speed or athleticism.
In the end, you’re much better off drafting players who have talent with a strong history of practice and games started, than a player with elite talent, that can’t be counted on.
The last criteria that can have a major impact on a player’s success at the next level is his durability. I’m a real believer that if a player is hurt (misses approximately 25 percent or more of practice time and games) in college he’ll be hurt in the pros.