Detroit Lions coaches and scouting personnel are currently working diligently in preparation for next week’s NFL Scouting Combine – the next step in the draft evaluation process.
One benefit the group has this year is two offseasons with Head Coach Jim Schwartz already in the books.
Schwartz: “I think the scouts have had a couple years to see the schemes that we play, to see which players are successful in those schemes and to see where some players that haven’t been successful have gone wrong.“
That is one of the many advantages to having continuity with the head coach and both coordinators.
Schwartz: “I think it was well documented last year that it was the first year we had the head coach and both coordinators back for something like a decade. When that happens, it’s easier for the scouts to do their job.
“They know what we do on defense rather than trying to hit a moving target. They know who has done well in the system and the reasons for that. “
There has also been a refinement process with the way General Manager Martin Mayhew works with the coaching staff.
Schwartz says Mayhew is particularly good at laying out draft scenarios prior to the selection process, posing potential trades and other moves to help the group get a good idea of what Detroit would do in each situation.
This will be even more important since the possibilities are far greater considering Detroit is carrying the 13th-overall pick instead of the second.
Schwartz: “The plan is just to keep improving the team and not to say, ‘Well, we have to get an offensive lineman; a quarterback; a defensive lineman.’ If your objective is narrower than improving the team – such as targeting a particular position – sometimes you can lose the forest through the trees.”
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