Knowing What the NFL Considers Character Concerns is the First Step to Avoiding Being a “Character Concern” Prospect

Other than medical or physical concerns, nothing will make your draft value drop like character issues.  I think it’s important for players to know beforehand what NFL scouts consider character issues, so you can avoid being labeled as a guy that carries that concern, because it’ll make your draft stock drop.

NFL prospect’s see their value drop each year due to character issues.  In 2010, one of the most popular examples was LeGarrette Blount. LeGarrette Blount went from being rated as an early second-round pick at one point, to being picked up as an Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) by the Tennessee Titans, mostly due to the character concerns that lingered from the incident where he punched the Boise State player in the face.

Now I don’t know how much money LeGarrette was guaranteed in his contract with the Titans, but UFA’s can actually receive little-to-no guaranteed/signing bonus money whatsoever when they sign.  He may have received more than that, but I’m pretty sure that his UFA contract didn’t guarantee anything close to the $1.932 Million that the average second round contract guarantees. The average seventh round contract

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"Character Concerns" hurt LeGarrette Blount's draft stock in 2010.

guarantees $46,400 on average, so I’ll let you do the math as to how much money

“character issues” can cause you.

There’s two types of character in the eyes of NFL Scouts: personal, and football.

Personal character is about how you live your life.  Scouts dig-into your background to find out if you’re a good teammate, son, boyfriend, etc. to determine your personal character.

Football character, pertains to your attitude and work ethic when it comes to the game of football.

There are categories NFL Scouts will put you in when assessing your overall character:

Category 1.  A player with strong football character and questionable personal character.  In the eyes of scouts, these players have a chance to succeed at the NFL level, because they feel a player’s football character will help him overcome his personal character issues.


Category 2.  A player with weak football and personal character.  Scouts believe that these types of guys have no chance of surviving in the NFL.

Category 3.  A player with strong personal character, and low football character.  These guys won’t survive, either, because they won’t have the drive or mental toughness to compete with those who do have high football character.

It’s your job to make sure you’re in the that first category. You may want to look at yourself in the mirror, and ask “what category do I fall under?”

 

In your opinion, should potential NFL players be held accountable for things they did in college, when it comes to getting an NFL job?  Leave a comment!

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