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The NFL draft and your company recruiting strategy (round 2)

The NFL draft reveals all things wrong with talent acquisition and recruiting. Looking at how an NFL team drafts provides terrific insight into what you and your company can improve upon. I wrote in the last blog, The NFL draft and your company recruiting strategy round 1, a sample list of the assessments an NFL team uses to evaluate fit: 40 yard dash, Bench press, Vertical jump, Broad jump, 20-yard shuttle, Three-cone drill, 60-yard shuttle, Position-specific drills, Physical measurements, Injury evaluation, Drug screen*, The Cybex test, The Wonderlic Test, game film* [work samples], scouts and coaches who attend games, interviews*, and recommendations* That list, like your interview and recruiting strategy, is intended to project future performance, but like all the great financial advisors tell us, “past performance is not an indication of future results”. The asterisk next to some of their tests …

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The NFL draft and your company recruiting strategy

There is little doubt each National Football League (NFL) team spends an extraordinary amount of resources preparing to draft their number 1 pick. An NFL team’s number one pick is intended as the team’s future star and this year the NFL draft has changed their format to glorify the first round draft even more. Sure the NFL draft rounds 2 through round 7 does allow teams to fill their talent needs or find complimentary players, but with upwards of a $30 million guaranteed payout, an NFL team looks at their first draft pick as an impact player and as a team franchise star. However, the NFL has shown the sad state of talent evaluation because something more than technical skill is clearly required to succeed in the NFL. If technical skill was the most important evaluator of future success, then …