Greg Schiano And The DraftFebruary 21st, 2013
Last year at this time, Bucs coach Greg Schiano was barely into his first month as the Bucs head coach. As expected, it was a whirlwind month for the former Rutgers coach, trying to get his family settled and taking a crash course in the draft.
Not this year. Schiano spoke at the NFL Scouting Combine today about the difference a year makes from preparing for a draft before he got a chance to unpack his belongings at One Buc Palace.
“It is what I am most excited about. The personnel group, headed up by Mark Dominik, they do an awesome job,” Schiano said. “They were at the same spot, well, maybe Mark wasn’t because he was out hiring a head coach, but the rest of them were. Now, for Mark and myself, to be able to sit in our draft meetings and our pre-draft meetings in January and really get a read on kids and hear about the kids we will eventually be watching, you know, the young men, that is huge for me now to be looking out there and knowing a lot of these guys and watched film on them, not going it after the fact [after the combine], it makes it more enlightening for me when I get to sit down with them in interviews.”
Ah, so it was Dominik and his staff that prepared for the draft and helped Schiano with a Reader’s Digest version of the draft. Yet Joe was told by many fans that Schiano was running the draft and not Dominik, despite what Schiano has said to the contrary up to and including Thursday while speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine.
This year adds intrigue to the draft. With Schiano and Dominik coming together as one with full preparation, it will be interesting to see how this draft transpires, not just the weekend of the draft, but roughly four years down the road.