Originally posted by ishkabibel:Originally posted by susweel:Just curious what do you guys (OTC and Maddog) use to form opinions on these players ?
Combination of a number of things.
1) Collective knowledge of what I have viewed from the players games this year and in previous years.
2) Extensive research through a multitude of sources -- really any possible source you can find -- to dig deeper into the player. Background, history, production / performance and numbers with consideration of competition, and many many many other things about the player that you don't get just by watching them play.
3) Reviewing any possible sort of footage you can get your hands on of a player. ESPN3.com is one good source. It is obviously not possible to see large portions of multiple games of every player. YouTube can be helpful in finding clips, but one must ALWAYS be very careful not to use it by itself to make evaluations. YouTube can get you excited about a scrub if you use it wrongly. It is a good tool to get a quick look at some things, but that is all.
4) Combine / Pro Day Measurables -- these are NOT the end-all be-all, but they have some importance and can measure certain areas and give some comparison as to where players stack up against others when you have similar types of players you want to compare.
There's more that I'm sure I'm missing (I had a list somewhere that I used for evaluation). But that's a quick look at some things.
Forecasting the draft involves another huge laundry list in addition to this.