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McKenzie talks scouting process

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie has worked with general manager Ted Thompson and the rest of the personnel staff to construct a roster built through the draft with the ability to win now and in the future. McKenzie oversees scouting of all professional football leagues, including the NFL, and takes part in the collegiate scouting and draft preparation. He gave a brief description of his scouting process… “Regardless of the position, just an overview, it’s all about watching a guy play. Does he look like a football player? For that position? Maybe he’s out of position?” “You look at the talent and his ability to be a football player. Does he make the ordinary play? What jumps out physically and talent-wise? In my mind, a lot goes into that from a standpoint of instincts, physicality, is he tough, play hard, does he make plays? There’s a lot that goes into what a real football player should look like.” “When I look at somebody on tape, after you watch a game, you’ll know if this guy can play or not. The next thing is to determine how good is he? Just because a guy can play, now you have to put some kind of value on him. That’s where the fun begins, trying to figure that out. A lot goes into the research of it, as far as anything from medical to character, the obvious height-weight-speed.” “It is not an exact science. It’s my 18th season and I figured that one out pretty early. If it was, all the teams would be pretty much equal, we’d all be 9-7. But that’s not the case.”

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