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Jonathan Daniel

While I'm away from the blog for a couple of weeks, I've set up some posts that point you in the direction of some interesting or educational links about football. Today's expert analysis comes from Jerry Angelo, the former GM of the Chicago Bears.

The Importance of Football Character | The Sideline View
Drafting is the easiest and most efficient way to build a team, as NFL general managers are acquiring talented players who are fast, healthy and entering into the prime of their careers. Drafting talent is easy. Drafting talent with character and a good medical report is the ultimate challenge for any personnel evaluator.

Four Elements of a Draft Grade | The Sideline View
Here are the four grades that every player had to pass in order to draftable when I was GM. Each area will have a major influence on whether or not he’ll have a career at the next level. Remember that the consideration when drafting a player isn’t “can he make my team," it’s “can I win with him and can I count on him.”

Jerry Angelo Reveals a Typical Offseason Blueprint | The Sideline View
With free agency ready to unfold, there are certain observations to keep in mind.

Former Bears GM Jerry Angelo Rates Every Quarterback from the 2013 NFL Season | The Sideline View
Editor's Note: Former Chicago Bears GM (2001-2012) Jerry Angelo rates every quarterback from the 2013 NFL season on his nine-point scale. Angelo's notes are included.

On the relative importance of character issues to an NFL team | The Sideline View
I heard Kirk Herbstreit make an interesting statement about Jadeveon Clowney. He said that his character may be a problem for teams, given the way he handled his last year at South Carolina, in regards of when he was or wasn’t going to play.

Betting on UCF's Blake Bortles | The Sideline View
There rarely is a draft where a team’s number one need, particularly at the quarterback position, is also one of the best players. From the player’s standpoint, more rarely is the team that has the pick the perfect team for him.

Tape vs. Workouts | National Football Post
How much emphasis should be placed on Pro Day workouts compared to what transpired on the field?

Why GM-head coach relationships fail | National Football Post
At some point, even the best partnerships in the NFL will begin to dissolve.

NFL Draft 101 | National Football Post
Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo goes inside the NFL’s annual selection process.

The battle within | National Football Post
One of the keys to success in the NFL is the ability to get your scouts and coaches on the same page.