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Where the draft process stands now

Posted by Albert Breer  March 11, 2010 02:34 PM

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There are private workouts (we touched on those today) and, for the higher level prospect, in-house visits with teams left. But those often are more about figuring out the person, rather than the player.

"You get him in a more isolated setting and it’s more 1-on-1 and it’s you and the kid for two or three hour," Caserio said." You spend time with them, you’re around them, you watch tape with them, and you do some on-field work. After that experience, you have a pretty good grasp of whether or not he’ll fit into your club, and whether he’ll be able to handle the things that we do. I think there’s benefit to us and other teams that do it, I’m sure they feel the same way."

And while the tape can show you a lot, there's something to seeing a kid with your own eyes that's irreplaceable as well -- "There’s always benefit when you see a guy," Caserio said. "You might see him on tape and say, ‘OK, I think he’s this tall.’ And then you see it up close. When you’re on the field – and you can see the level of quickness on tape – but when you see it live, it either verifies or refutes what you saw on tape. So any time you can get hands on like this, and be right in front of them, it helps."

As Caserio was saying this, he'd returned from Rutgers Pro Day on Wednesday, and was headed out again for another tomorrow.

It's taxing, sure. But worth it in the end.

"This is a fun time of year," Caserio said. "You go different places, and there’s travel involved, but that’s part of the process. I enjoy it, I know a lot of people enjoy it, and you get a lot out of it. You get as much out of it as you want to. You just try to make sure you don’t miss any flights and get home, get a few winks and you’re on to the next day."
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