INDIANAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski enjoys the process of evaluating players for the upcoming NFL Draft, especially getting to meet with the prospects, like he will do this weekend at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
“One of the big parts, and the part that I enjoy the most is getting to know these guys and look them eye-to-eye and talk to them and ask them questions and find out what they’re made of,” Chudzinski said in his Friday morning press conference at the Combine. “There’s a lot of talented guys in this league and the measurables are easy to see a lot of times, but it’s the other factors that end up determining their success.
“It’s s piece and it’s a part; it’s a snapshot of guys. You look at the whole process. You start with the college tape. You talk to people that were around these kids for the last four or five years, or however long it’s been. You look at what they do at the Combine. You look at what they do in their individual workouts. You get time to spend with them.”
In addition to one-on-one interviews with teams, players participating in the Combine will undergo medical tests and go through physical and position drills, as well as interviews with the media. When a player has a medical question, Chudzinski said “you have to look at the whole player.”
“You look at the whole package, and those are things that are one piece of it,” Chudzinski said. “Nobody’s your perfect guy, so you have to make those assessments of what areas you’re willing to compromise on and what areas offset that with players and where you end up slotting him in the draft.”
When evaluating the class of prospects eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft, Chudzinski is looking at the Scouting Combine as an opportunity to find the type of players that fit what he wants to see in a typical member of the Browns.
“You want to get the best players possible,” Chudzinski said. “Sometimes, you have to be careful about trying to force something that’s not there. We have enough needs and enough openings that we need to find the best players and bring the best players to Cleveland, whether it be for starting jobs or to help us get better and win.
“We’re looking for good people, good athletes and good players, guys that are tough, guys that won’t be outworked by anybody and I want guys that want to be Cleveland Browns and want to be in Cleveland and want to be a part of something special in Cleveland.”