Each year it seems the NFL scouting and drafting process becomes more and more available to the public. Mock draft season seems to begin earlier every year, and it seems a website is developed every year to make mock drafting and personnel scouting easier for the laymen.
One tool that is invaluable for team’s and franchises is college all-star games. Both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl give NFL teams the unique ability to see prospects not only play at a higher level than they likely did in college, but they can also see first-hand how these players practice, prepare and gameplan for a big game.
But as a fan of the game that can’t be there watching every moment, these all-star games aren’t quite as valuable. We basically only get treated to the game itself, and are forced to read notebooks from scouts and media on hand for the week’s worth of practices. So Today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you watch these college football all-star games?
My answer: No, I haven’t in the past. This is for a few reason. First, these games come way too early in the draft process, and I am usually not up-to-date on which prospects I should be watching. Additionally, we aren’t even sure as to what the Detroit Lions will need, as free agency is still just under seven weeks away. I see the value in the game both for real scouts and the armchair scouts at home, but it just isn’t enough for me to set apart three hours of my time on a Saturday.