1. What's Next for Rookies and Personnel Departments Now That the Draft Is Over?

    The NFL draft is over, but that doesn't mean the work is finished for NFL personnel departments. The draft being moved back two weeks changes the usual schedule...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 4 months ago 10,540 reads 17 comments

  2. How This NFL Draft May Define the Careers of 3 Young General Managers

    The 2014 NFL draft is over. And like any draft, some interesting moves were made. Some I feel are genius, while others are puzzling. Draft-day moves can define a general manager's career...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 4 months ago 21,951 reads 84 comments

  3. A Front Office Guide to Draft Day

    Thursday night, when you tune into either the NFL Network or ESPN, you're going to see glimpses of what is going on in some of the draft rooms around the league. But I am here to give you a closer look at what happens behind those scenes...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 4 months ago 20,258 reads 30 comments

  4. 2014 NFL Draft: Risky 1st-Round Candidates

    Every year, players drafted high in the NFL draft carry a certain degree of risk. The risk could be that the player is drafted higher than anticipated. There might be character or medical concerns...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 5 months ago 11,455 reads 20 comments

  5. Ranking My Top 5 Players in the 2014 NFL Draft

    The one thing we can all be sure of is this: When NFL draft evaluators rank their players from top to bottom, no two boards are the same. That thought process not only holds true with individual evaluators but with NFL clubs as well...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 5 months ago 5,971 reads 7 comments

  6. Why Derek Carr Is the Best Quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft

    In the last few months, there has been a lot written about the quarterback class in the 2014 NFL draft. Going back to the 2013 college football season we have seen multiple quarterbacks mentioned as the best quarterback available in this draft...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 5 months ago 11,920 reads 108 comments

  7. Dispelling Fans' NFL Draft Misconceptions

    What fans think happens in NFL draft rooms on draft day and what really happens are two different things. First of all, you may have noticed I didn't use the phrase "war room...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 5 months ago 19,449 reads 23 comments

  8. How NFL Teams Plan for the NFL Draft and Why It Works

    With the NFL draft now three weeks away, most clubs are in final meetings, getting ready for the three-day event that begins May 8. The meetings are mainly about setting a final big board...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 5 months ago 17,306 reads 34 comments

  9. 2014 Draft: Why No Quarterbacks Are Locks to Be Drafted in the Top 10

    Six weeks ago, the general consensus among draft analysts was that three or four quarterbacks could be drafted within the top 10 picks of the 2014 NFL draft. While many still adhere to that theory, I am not one and never have been...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 5 months ago 19,336 reads 142 comments

  10. Have We Seen the Last of the 1st-Round Running Backs in the NFL Draft?

    In the history of the NFL draft, running backs were almost always looked to as premium draft choices. Clubs felt they had to have a top back in order for their offense to prosper...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 5 months ago 18,781 reads 116 comments

  11. NFL Draft 2014: What Happens in the Final Month Leading Up to the Draft?

    NFL clubs are now in the home stretch as they prepare for the 2014 NFL draft. Except for a few schools, pro days are now behind us...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 5 months ago 6,595 reads 8 comments

  12. A Close Look at the Notre Dame Defensive Line Duo of Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt

    I have always called the first two rounds of the NFL draft the "premium rounds." In most cases, the players a club selects in these two rounds have to come in and contribute as rookies...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 6 months ago 7,986 reads 17 comments

  13. How Significant Are Private Workouts in the Evaluation Process for NFL Teams?

    Most of the college pro days have come and gone, with only a few key schools left on the workout calendar...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 6 months ago 6,319 reads 5 comments

  14. How NFL Teams View and Treat Character Concerns for Draft-Eligible Players

    I spent 30 years of my adult life as a talent evaluator for NFL teams. For nine of those years I was the Director of College Scouting for the Chicago Bears...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 6 months ago 22,549 reads 51 comments

  15. Private Workouts Far More Important for Manziel Than Individual Pro Day

    Many consider Johnny Manziel one of the top quarterback's in this years draft class. Like many of the higher rated quarterbacks in this class, Manziel chose not to throw at the combine, ...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 6 months ago 4,700 reads 7 comments

  16. An Insider's Guide to Scouting Quarterbacks

    I started my scouting career in 1981 working part time for the Buffalo Bills. In the 33 years since, I have found that evaluating quarterbacks can be one of the most difficult jobs a scout can do...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 6 months ago 11,238 reads 75 comments

  17. Scouting the Top 5 Cornerbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft

    Year after year we see corners get a huge amount of money once free agency starts. This year former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Darrelle Revis got a two year $32 million dollar deal from New England...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 6 months ago 16,189 reads 63 comments

  18. Free Agency Likely Altering Draft Plans for a Couple of NFL Teams

    The one thing I dislike about mock drafts is that until about a week before the draft, they have no meaning. There are so many factors that go into trying to figure out which players teams will take...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 6 months ago 51,156 reads 160 comments

  19. A Look at the 2014 NFL Draft's Most Overrated Stars

    Every year draft hype starts in September and continues until the day of the annual NFL draft. People who really have no clue as to what is or isn't NFL talent start saying, "Such and such player is a sure-fire first-round pick...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 6 months ago 22,180 reads 134 comments

  20. Why College Pro Days Are Important for NFL Draft Prospects

    As I have written before , the main purpose of the NFL combine is to get the medicals done on 335 players. The workouts are a bonus...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 6 months ago 5,971 reads 2 comments

  21. Let the Games Begin: The NFL Front Office Lying Season Is Just Getting Started

    For years I have said to people in the media during draft season that the first thing I have to do when the draft is over is go to confession. When they ask why, I tell them because "of all the lies I've told...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 7 months ago 68,122 reads 104 comments

  22. 2 Players Not Invited to the Scouting Combine Who Will Get Drafted

    Every year, there are approximately 255 players selected during the NFL draft. 335 players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which means there will be at least 80 combine invitees who won't get drafted...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 7 months ago 20,733 reads 32 comments

  23. Why the Quarterbacks Could Fall in the 2014 NFL Draft

    I have been involved in scouting in the NFL since 1981 and one thing that has become apparent to me is that drafting follows trends. Starting with the 2008 draft through to the 2012 draft, 15 quarterbacks have been drafted in the first round...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 7 months ago 26,561 reads 143 comments

  24. How Important Is the Scouting Combine in the NFL Draft Evaluation Process?

    When you begin to watch the players go through the different drills at the combine on Saturday, many of you will think that if they perform well, it will "increase their stock...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 7 months ago 1,987 reads 1 comments

  25. How an NFL Front Office Prepares for the Scouting Combine

    Editor's Note: Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Greg Gabriel has 30 years of NFL experience as a scout for the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and Chicago Bears...

    Greg Gabriel Written by Greg Gabriel about 7 months ago 6,562 reads 5 comments