When the Patriots.com account spits this out -- Patriots Director of College Scouting, Jon Robinson discusses the scouting process on latest edition of Patriots Today -- you click.
Robinson's one of the behind-the-scenes guys you don't see much, and it's always interesting when those guys poke their heads out a little. Robinson -- Thomas Dimitroff's successor in the New England organization -- explained the value of the combine to our pal Brian Lowe.
"This is just another piece to the puzzle," Robinson told Lowe. "We started looking at these guys last spring, and through their senior years this fall and it really just confirms (that) or maybe you see something in the way they move that you didn't see on the film that'll make you go back and re-evaluate the film to see that you've got the player evaluated correctly. ...
"It's exciting. It is a long process, and it's going to be even longer this year with the first round being it's own deal (standing alone on a Thursday night). So yeah, it's long, it's taxing, but it's the culmination of a year's worth of work with the scouts, with the coaches, with all of us trying to make sure we improve the football team."
Robinson worked as an area scout from 2002-05, became a regional scout in 2006, and then became assistant director of college scouting in 2008, upon Dimitroff's departure, before getting the "director" title in 2009, which seems to be a little like Josh McDaniels working for a year as OC in 2005 prior to getting the "coordinator" tag on the staff roster in '06.