Originally Posted by SheTexan
FYI: That was Wade Phillips doing, not Rick Smith! I don't think RS had a clue WHO JJ Watt was! Wade wanted him, and Wade got him!! PERIOD!!
Rick Smith & his scouting team put together a list of 40 or 50 players (something like that, I don't know the actual number). They handed this list to Wade & asked him what he thought about these players.
Wade whittled this list down to 15 names. Rick & his team were shocked as the other DCs never cut it down that small.
Rick Smith & his team put together their draft board with that list as well as the list Kubiak & Dennison "refined"
Rick Smith and a few of his scouts, Gary Kubiak, Dennison & another offensive coach or two, Wade Phillips & another coach or two went over the draft board & developed a plan.
On draft day many of those people were present in the war room. Most likely Rick, his lead scout, Gary, Dennison, & Wade were in attendance. As players were removed from the board, they refined the list. As their pick approached, they continued to refine their board & the different scenarios that led up to their pick.