View Full Version : A day in the life of an NFL scout

Errant Hothy
03-29-2007, 02:01 PM

"How's it digital if you have to start it with your hand?" asks Brocato, who's responsible for teaching dozens of scouts the proper technique for timing the 40-yard dash.

He starts the clock as soon as he sees a player's hand move. He'll watch the first 20 yards and then he'll turn his attention to the finish line. The most important thing he teaches young scouts is to close their far eye and keep their near eye open. Brocato believes if you close the wrong eye, you can be off by five hundredths of a second. Veteran scouts such as Brocato believe they could close both eyes and still have a good idea of how a player performed.

"You can hear their feet and immediately know if they're accelerating or decelerating," McConnaughey says.

Two days later, someone will make the mistake of getting in his way during the 40-yard dash at the University of Houston.

According to at least one witness, Brocato demanded that the man be removed from the workout. Turns out it was a Houston assistant coach, but that didn't seem to faze Brocato.

Great read, even better story.

03-29-2007, 03:01 PM
thank for the head up.