The famous Sigmund Bloom phrase is that when it comes to the NFL, we on the outside are all peeking through keyholes. Well, today we have someone who has been on the other side of the door.
Dan Hatman runs ScoutingAcademy.com, a program built to teach the X’s and O’s of the NFL to a layman. He has scouted for the Giants, Jets, and Eagles. You can follow him on Twitter @Dan_Hatman, but do stay tuned as we try to see how things are on the other side of the door.
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Subject: The Learnedness of Dan Hatman
— The Dan Hatman origin story: how do you go from undersized defensive lineman to scouting? And what advice did he get from Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman on the way to where he is today?
— How much of NFL performance is mental and how much is physical?
— How much does the NFL’s “old boys” club prevent teams from having optimal evaluations?
— The NFL Combine. How do interview go down? What are teams trying to gain from these interviews? What is important about them? What is psychologically important to discern about a player?
— What positions are the most important?
— What does Dan believe about quarterback development? Does he believe in sitting a guy a year? What about meeting a player halfway in scheme, ala RGIII with Washington?
— The NFL Veteran Combine. How can it be saved?
— ScoutingAcademy.com: the elevator pitch, how much it costs, and what kind of information gets shared?
— How important is knowledge of the play call in being able to scout objectively? How does this relate to Dan’s stance on PFF?
— Dan is based in Albany, New York. What is there to do in Albany, New York?
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