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This story was inspired by an article in the Rocky Mt. News of Jan. 31st. written by Dave Krieger, their finest sports writer. So how does a team improve through the (DRAFT)?  Good question, the answer lies in the methology of picking college prospects.  Many NFL coaches use a method referred to as "The Triangle" where the three legs of the triangle are "Height,Weight and Speed."  Most scouts believe in the saying "The Numbers make the player." We all know if our Local NFL team uses this method,because they keep making the same mistakes in the draft year after year.  From the years 2001 -2004 the Broncos selected a "Triangle" player at or near the top of the draft.  Anybody remember Willie Middlebrooks?  A first round pick in 2001, 6feet 1 and 200 pounds with a 4.39 in the 40 yard dash.  He was the perfect "Triangle Player" at cornerback.  Whatever happened to poor Willie?  After a few years with the (Broncos), (Mike Shanahan) finally admitted his mistake by cutting him,because he could not play football at an NFL level.  Ashley Lelie was the first round pick in 2002 a perfect triangle guy at wide receiver,left tackle George Foster in 2003 was the first round pick again a good triangle guy and in 2004 Tatum Bell was a good triangle running back.  What do all these players have in common?  They could not produce at a high enough level and were traded away or let go.  So what is the "Solution" to this triangle thinking?  I say that instead of a triangle it should be a "Box" The four legs would be Height,Weight,Speed and Football Intelligence.  The Football intelligence would be measured in play making ability.  For example a linebacker would be measured in his ability to be in the right position at the right time and the ability to make the play or tackle.  A wide receiver would be measured in yards after the catch and his ability to make the first defender miss and advance the play further after contact.  Those are just two positions used to illustrate the thinking behind the "Box".  Who uses this type of thinking when drafting?  The (New England Patriots) have always looked beyond the numbers.  (Scott Pioli) vice president of player personnel says," I think that one of the best lessons i've learned was not getting too caught up in the numbers, things like height,weight, speed."  " A guy that can run a 4.3 40, when you put him on the football field, where he has to see the play, process it and react, just because he can run a 4.3 40 doesn't mean his reactive speed is a 4.3.  Don't get too caught up in the numbers!  The New England Patriots have always held on to this philosophy during the draft, their team is full of players who were not triangle players.  The triangle method is basically a short cut for evaluators who lack the insight to go beyond the numbers.  Here's hoping your local NFL team realizes their past mistakes in the draft and goes beyond the numbers and selects good "Box" players with good football intelligence.  Goodnight Now! 

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