Buccaneers pull out of National Football Scouting OrganizationBy Sander Philipse? Jun 2 2014, 7:14pMBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to do all of their college scouting work in-house, rather than relying in part on national organizations.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have pulled out of the National Football Scouting Organization, according to draftnik Josh Buchanan, who works with former front office executive Tony Softli, among other things. The National Football Scouting Organization is one of two national scouting organizations (BLESTO being the other), which provide preliminary scouting reports on all NFL prospects to NFL teams.The Bucs are now one of just six teams who aren't a member of either BLESTO or National Scouting, with the Jacksonville Jaguars pulling out of BLESTO this year. According to a 2008 article on Draft Daddy, the teams who were not aligned at the time were the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders. The Browns have since re-joined BLESTO. Membership entails annual dues as well as providing one scout to help create produce national scouting reports.That's fairly solid company for the Bucs, and with Lovie Smith coming over from Chicago and Jason Licht having worked with the Patriots, the move makes some sense. This would also explain why the team's shakeup in the personnel department included appointing two new national scouts, as the Bucs will now have to do a lot of the preliminary scouting themselves.Of course, in the age of ever-present draftniks, those national scouting organizations may not be all that useful anymore, anyway -- and the lists will leak out, too. Ultimately, this may not matter much -- but it may help the Bucs avoid a bit of group-think on prospects. All of the teams named as independent teams above have a tendency to make a few unexpected decisions every year, for better or worse.link
Great idea. I dont like the idea of using a service such as this unless its just a starting point to identify all of the players and give a general idea what that player is about.The big reason why I dont like the idea is because I think that when you are evaluating a player you need to be careful of what information you receive. The information could be false, which I see repeatedly on scouting reports. You can't take any of it at face value anyway. It all needs to be verified anyway, so the only advantage I could think of is to ID every player so that none slip through the cracks.
Our drafts have been “eh” anyway. If it has anything to do with the last several years of drafting, I can see why.Although I must admit, and I guess it's a concern of mine, but I'm not a fan of lovie's drafts in the past.
Buccaneers did not leave National Football Scouting OrganizationBy Sander Philipse? Jun 3 2014, 7:30amDave SandfordThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still a member of the National Football Scouting Organization, despite an earlier report to the contrary. Yesterday, we relayed a report by the generally trustworthy Josh Buchanan that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be leaving the National Football Scouting Organization, one of two cooperative national organizations that deliver preliminary scouting reports on college players to the NFL. That is not the case, general manager Jason Licht told us. Josh Buchanan, the source of that report, has since deleted his tweet as well.Licht apparently cut his teeth as a scout for the National Football Scouting Organization and called himself a "big supporter" of the group. National Football Scouting is the biggest of the two national scouting organizations, and also features division rival Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. In 2008, only five teams were not members of either BLESTO (the other group) or National.So, that spin about avoiding group-think and looking for independent paths? Yeah, oops. The Bucs are still going to rely on the National for their preliminary scouting, and Jason Licht certainly sees the value in the National Football Scouting Organization.link