SAN DIEGO – The Chargers’ draft-day decision-makers began final preparations Tuesday, beginning a series of pre-draft meetings at Chargers Park.
General Manager A.J. Smith, Head Coach Norv Turner, Director of Player Personnel Jimmy Raye, Director of College Scouting John Spanos and a host of other scouts and assistant coaches will meet nearly all day for most of the next two weeks to critique and rank every draft-eligible player by position and overall.
Sixteen days from the first round of this year’s NFL draft, the Chargers started what’s considered the final process that turns months and months of meticulous evaluation into a concrete plan of action.
“Today’s the beginning of the draft readings. The draft process is underway,” Smith said. “At this point in time, an entire year of our work will take shape beginning now all the way through the draft.”
The “readings” involve one player at a time, by position group. Every scout and talent-evaluator with notes on the particular player reads his analysis on the player’s personality, character, physical attributes and skill set. Eventually, with the group’s collective knowledge on the table, the readings will serve as a basis for ranking the players.
The rankings, in turn, will get placed on name magnets on the draft board, which serves as a sort of blue print during the actual draft.