Joe Judge and the Giants did what they could to vet prospects
With the NFL unable to have their yearly scouting combine in Indianapolis, teams had to figure out ways to get the most intel they could on prospects.
New York Giants’ head coach Joe Judge told reporters after the draft that the meetings that they were able to hold with players during the Senior Bowl were huge.
“For me, [those meetings were] crucial,” Judge said. “I don’t really like adding someone to our team or I can’t really have a strong enough opinion on someone if I have not had good enough interaction with them as a person and there’s no better opportunity to sit down with somebody and look them eye to eye and really ask them tough questions and get an answer and get a feel for them as a person.
“A number of guys at the Senior Bowl we came away with obviously the ability to have a strong opinion. To be honest the guys you only see on tape, if you don’t have enough interaction with, you may like them as a player and there’s just something missing that you can’t stand on the table and say, this guy fits our locker room, this guy fits our culture. So the interactions are definitely crucial for us.”
I would imagine that the Giants would never have drafted edge rusher Merlon Smith out of Northern Iowa if they weren’t able to meet with him at the Senior Bowl the way they did. Not only did it help teams but it’s also helped prospects.
If the Senior Bowl didn’t happen this year I can’t imagine how much harder that would have made things for NFL teams.
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