If a player has character issues, teams have plenty of opportunities to find them out before the NFL Draft. The process begins in the fall before the draft, when scouts will attend campuses and speak privately with coaches about players.
But scouts are mostly employed to make football decisions. Most teams also have their own security department, consisting of former police officers and detectives, who do full background checks on every player on a team’s draft board.
The security personnel often attend the college all-star games, such as the Senior Bowl, to interview the athletes 1-on-1. They also meet with the athletes at the NFL Scouting Combine, and players can be invited to a team’s facility for one of 30 official draft visits. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.