Every NFL team makes their way to a handful of pro days leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, but very rarely do you hear about a player having a poor showing. Typically, players all look great and such in the controlled environment, so what do teams get out of being there?
Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch touched on what they can see at a players pro day on Wednesday after the Jaguars second day of veteran mini-camp.
"I think you get a few different things. I think the first thing you get to spend some time with the guy. When you go to their pro day you get to either see him before or after," Fisch explained. "Dinner the night before or lunch after whatever it may be. You get to a feeling, what they feel like, how they talk. You get to talk to their coaches. You get the one on one contact with either their head coach or their offensive coordinator."
Feeling out a players personality and how they might mesh with the coaching staff is an underrated area that not a lot of people consider before the draft, so meeting with the players in a casual setting can at times give you a feel for how they will interact on a day to day basis.
"You get to watch them on the field, see how they manage the wide receivers, how they manage the tight ends, do they get guys coming out for their pro day? How many guys are there to help them?," Fisch continued. "And then I think you can watch how they can control their pro day. Can they control tempo? Can they control their throws and then their accuracy.? You’ve got to hit stuff on air before you can hit it on a defense."