Dominik Says Chucky, TV Impacts DraftApril 26th, 2011
At this rate, Joe wonders when agents are going to start producing — and airing — their own infomercials for soon-to-be-drafted clients.
Sure, there’s plenty of game film on these players, but what about seeing the player read books to children, talk to his mommy, and get grilled by coaches paid to spend time with him. Maybe even play other sports to showcase his athleticism.
Per Bucs general manager Mark Dominik, speaking during an exclusive interview with draft guru Justin Pawlowski on WDAE-AM 620 tonight, all that peripheral stuff really does matter. Dominik said the Jon Gruden quarterbacks special is part of his evaluation process.
Justin Pawlowski: Do GMs put an emphasis in a TV show like [Gruden’s quarterback camp]?
Mark Dominik: The bottom line is it’s part of the evaluation. Jon makes it hard on those guys, puts them in a little bit of a grinder. Having been around Coach Gruden, he’s really good with those quarterbacks in how he kinda challenges them mentally. He knows how to just trick’em enough where, you know, they get in a comfort zone and Jon left hooks you real fast and he wants to see how they can handle it. So I think it’s a good show to watch, certainly. I watch it. And I think it’s interesting to just see how a player interacts with another person — anytime. Just like I watch the NFL Network and their Path To The Draft. I watch those because they bring players in and you see how he interacts in a social setting. … It’s just another piece of what I call the big puzzle.
Hey, if Joe were a GM, he’d watch everything, too. But Joe’s just leery of taking the edited, made-for-TV fluff that is the Chucky special too seriously.
Again, let Joe be the first to say that homemade prospect infomercials will be seen sooner rather than later. With a little product placement, advertisements and the magic of YouTube, it could even be a moneymaker.