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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Rutgers' Kyle Flood breaks down pre-NFL Draft process as head coach

Rutgers' Kyle Flood says most NFL draft personnel are looking at intangibles at this point. (AP photo)

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

NFL scouts and personnel visit Rutgers' practice facility throughout the year. So when they arrive in Piscataway leading up to May's NFL Draft, most of their fact finding about Rutgers draft prospects is already complete, head coach Kyle Flood said.

"When the players get to this point, their film is their résumé more than anything else," Flood told The Trentonian. "When I speak with scouts and coaches — and we get a lot of requests for those on a daily basis — they really want to know more about the intangibles. They’ve already watched the film, they’ve already seen him as a player. They probably have a height if they haven’t met him in person … from their scouts who have come during the season."

Flood, who felt anxiety in 2012 with some head coach responsibilities, says the pre-draft process is one of the easier parts of his job. NFL talent evaluators picked his brain as an offensive line coach from 2005-11, when three of his offensive linemen were drafted.

"I was being asked about them, and as a position coach you do talk to the scouts and talk to the coaches that come to campus," Flood said. "I was used to that, and now I just talk about a few more players each year.”

Brandon Colemanfacing several questions, according to NFL Network's Mike Mayock — is the only player at this week's NFL Combine. Several non-combine invitees could improve their stock at Rutgers' March pro day, including Quron Pratt, whom Flood says should impress scouts with his versatility.

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