With the huge popularity of the NFL Draft, it only makes sense to create a video recording the entire process of how a team comes to the decision on who to take in that draft.
ESPN released a video giving a brief overview of that subject.
It isn't credited (at least in a readily obvious place) but it sounds like
former Steelers running back Merril Hoge Steelers broadcaster and former offensive lineman Tunch Ilkin (ed. note: readers are pointing out it's Ilkin) is the narrator, and the five minute, 51 second video takes the viewer from Le'Veon Bell's final touchdown of the 2013 season, the final snap of that win over the Browns to the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. With a personal interview with Steelers GM Kevin Colbert serving as the overlaid commentary, it's a well-produced package that provides a teaser toward the second piece of the documentary.
A few interesting takeaways:
- The Steelers' scouts rate players, and those evaluations are given to the coaches for their input. "Throughout the fall, the scouts, and myself included, have been out evaluating these players," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. "Our coaches are very involved in the process and they should be."
- As Colbert's commentary is the feature of the later segment of the video, it's interspersed with quotes from coaches reading off evaluations of unnamed player. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, apparently giving a negative review of a player, says "He doesn't do anything quick or powerful." Just an interesting bit on Tomlin's mindset, clearly favoring those two characteristics.
- Speaking off camera, Steelers defensive coordinator mentions a player is "almost 6-foot-3," which he followed with "he's tall." Then, after a beat, he says "This guy is a classic Cover 2 corner." Seems to fit Nebraska's Stanley Jean-Baptiste, a second round pick by the New Orleans Saints. It also shows some insight into what, specifically, the Steelers look for in their cornerbacks.