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Real in the Field Gulls: Phil Savage breaks down the NFL Draft scouting process and the rigors of running an NFL team

Real in the Field Gulls is back, and this week Kenneth and I are joined by Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil), the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, an ESPN 'Insider,' SiriusXM, Crimson Tide radio analyst, and former NFL personnel executive (Eagles '11-13), General Manager (Browns '05-'08), player personnel director (Ravens '03-'04), college scouting director (Ravens '96-'02), scout (Browns '93-'95), and coach (Browns '91-'92).

He drops some knowledge on us about the Reese's Senior Bowl, the NFL Draft Scouting process, both as a scout and director, then sheds some light on one of the most demanding jobs in the world -- the NFL General Manager.

Phil pulls back the curtains on running a scouting department, from the methodology to the philosophy to the everyday chores. He walks us through a draft meeting and tells us about the ways of building a draft board, and breaks down how teams grade college players against their own roster. He talks about methods for training and running the scouting team and the philosophy for evaluating which players to add to your roster.

Savage was the GM of the Browns when they drafted new-Seahawk Ahtyba Rubin, so he talks about what kind of player Seattle is getting, and he shares his thoughts on sitting in on Russell Wilson's Combine interview with the Eagles.

We chat a little bit about the job that Pete Carroll and John Schneider have done with the Seahawks, and even break down a few draft prospects for this season.

It's a must-listen, and that's not just me tooting my own horn.

Make sure you head to The Reese's Senior Bowl website to check out Phil's analysis, and follow him on Twitter.


You can listen to the podcast on this YouTube video in the article above, or subscribe to "The Field Gulls Podcast" on iTunes and it will automatically download to your devices every week! The more you listen, the more we get to do.

Here's the link to download the mp3 file at BlogTalkRadio.