The NFL kicked off its preseason last night, and while it
wasn't the prettiest of debuts for some
, there's still plenty of practice time to get things right. Here at
Inside the League
, that's exactly what we've been doing as we gear up for the
2019 Personnel Symposium
slated for Monday and Tuesday at the J.W. Marriott in Nashville. It's the
second straight year
that former college and pro personnel chief
has brought hundreds of scouting professionals together for a summit on how to get better while also doing a little networking.
This week, we were quite active on our blog as we prepped our audience for our presentation Monday afternoon. On Tuesday,
we introduced our speakers
Jason Montanez of Houston-based Catapult Leadership
and former Titans Director of College Scouting
. We're excited about what they bring to the table and the insights they'll share on moving up the ladder in college and pro football.
, we took a look at the nine scouting assistants who were hired this spring and summer by NFL teams to find out what they had in common. Do NFL teams want ex-players as scouting assistants? Do they care about scouting experience? We had the answers, based on who got the nod this year.
Later on Thursday
, we had more insights from several active NFL scouts who are within their first 3-4 years on the job. How and why did they succeed where others have failed? Their thoughts were actually the continuation of a few we shared
in last week's Friday Wrap
ITL's Neil Stratton will talk about what to do (and what not to do) as you seek to land a job in the NFL. Jason, a former college fullback, will show you how to sell yourself, exhibit your value and build a record of success without the raw force and sheer exertion of a dive play. Finally, Blake will draw on his three decades in the NFL to talk about the people he's hired and the successful scouts he's seen, and what they have in common.
And while we'll only have a half-hour on the dais, we've set up our own informal breakout session afterwards. All of the symposium attendees are welcome to join us at
our open bar event from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Cumberland Bar in the lobby of the J.W. Stratton will be joined by Jason and Blake, and they'll be answering specific questions, telling stories, shaking hands and enjoying a beverage while celebrating the game and those people who, like them, have dedicated their professional lives to it. Bring your business cards.
We think it's going to be an event unlike any others in the history of the game, and can hardly wait to land in Tennessee. In the meantime, here's a look at what else we saw, heard, read and said in the business of college and pro football this week.
One more thing: We spoke to several of our friends in the business and asked them what they seek when they're hiring scouting assistants. The common ingredient: passion. One told us he wants someone who's "young, passionate, (a) grinder, (a) team guy, (who has a) football background (either) playing, (as a grad assistant), (as a) recruiting assistant, NFL intern, etc. . . . you win with people!" Another said he wants "a young passionate guy, . . I guess the intangibles are what I look for and want to hear about the prospect. If he has those ingredients I could train him, because ultimately it's not only about his aptitude (talent), but as importantly his attitude."See you Monday!
Speaking of passion . . .:
These people are pretty passionate.
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The ITL Scouting Department:
As you know, we've completed detailed previews of the most draft-worthy players
at 13 schools so far
, and each report spotlights 10 players, regardless of class. Still, there are a lot of other prospects out there, with some at other schools and even others who didn't quite make the cut for our evaluators on team reports. Before you spend weeks recruiting a player who might not have what it takes, make sure you get an
ITL Scouting Report
. For $100 plus tax, a former NFL evaluator will give you a complete, detailed workup of a player's strengths and weaknesses as well as a round projection. Our team has completed hundreds of them over the last couple years, and we see it as a critical part of any recruiting process. In three days or less, you can have the facts on whether or not a prospect measures up, and can provide crucial information on how he can improve his game. Ready for a report? Click hereand let's get started.
ITL Profile Reports:
This week, we hung out on Mountain Time as we looked at
New Mexico State
(as well as
). We didn't uncover a slate of budding first-rounders, but we did encounter several under-the-radar types that could fill out the later rounds next spring. Next week, we'll look at
North Carolina, North Texas, Northern Illinois, Northwestern
. It will be a week in which we not only feature ITL Team Scouting Reports on three of the five teams (UNC, NIU and Northwestern), but we should have a bit more talent to evaluate. Make sure you review all our reports so far by clicking
After a slow last week of July, we bounced back with three of our signature reports this week. As promised, our theme was post-draft movement among agencies.
, we had the news that PFS Agency, based in Baltimore, is adding a West Coast presence, while also beefing up its NBA cred, by adding two agents from The Mogul Group. We also kicked the tires on the early leader for one of the top wide receiver prospects in the '20 draft and updated the
2019 Scouting Changes Grid
, we had scouting and personnel updates in both the CFL and XFL as well as news of an upstart agency and an update to the
that's been a long time coming.
, we dug into the early 2020 recruiting wars with buzz on two top players, plus we looked at even more agency movement as well as a top trainer who's changing teams for the 2020 draft cycle. Now's the time when the faces change behind the scenes and firms finish reconfiguring their respective lineups before the recruiting grind revs up. Make sure you're up to date on everything that's going on and review all our reports for 2019
Last night, for the first time since the Patriots took on the Rams in February,
we had NFL football
. And while we didn't make it to Canton this year, we'll be on site in Nashville early next week. Whether or not you join us there or you track the events from afar, we'll use our weekly blog,
Succeed in Football
our Twitter account
our YouTube channel
to capture all the scenes. If you're in town, we hope you can catch up with us at
the Cumberland Bar in the lobby of the J.W. Marriott
Monday night, where we'll be meeting, greeting, and holding a breakout session after our team discusses how to land an NFL scouting job that afternoon. If you're not in town, make sure you're following our speakers,
, for bits and quips from the Music City. As for Inside the League itself, the beat will go on. We'll have Week 2 of
The ITL Newsletter on the NFL Draft Process
for dozens of parents interested in learning more about what's ahead for their sons over the next nine months (by the way, our newsletter is a great introduction to
, which has a lot more detail and information). For those scouts and contract advisors interested in who's on the horizon, we'll have
ITL Scouting Reports
like this one we did on Nebraska
) on three teams next week -
North Carolina, Northwestern
- plus full
on all three as well as
. We're also hoping to complete a special feature next week, breaking down the entire current list of NFLPA-certified contract advisors by their certification year. It's a big job, and one we've completed before, but it's time to get up to date for the 800-odd representatives out there, so look for that. We're also still working to catch up on our
reports. Maybe this is the week we start getting traction. Before long, we'll start rounding up team-by-team regional scouting assignments from our contacts at schools for our
Scouts Grid by Team
; with so many teams making changes this year, it should be a big project. We hope to debut the entire update by the end of the month. Also, the
MLB Agent Exam
is in just a few weeks, and for those people looking to branch out beyond the gridiron, don't forget about our practice exam (
). It's going to be a great weekend and a great week as all 32 NFL teams are under way and all, if not most, colleges are gearing up, as well. Make sure you're ready for action by