A new episode of Giants Life: Blueprint -- presented by Van Heusen -- debuted on Friday, March 6, with a behind-the-scenes look at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Every offseason is important in the NFL, but 2020 is critical for the Giants. Recent results have not lived up to expectations of the four-time Super Bowl champions, so they transitioned to a coach who won five championships in 10 years between the professional and college ranks.
Judge hit the ground running after he laid out his vision for the team during an introductory press conference at MetLife Stadium on Jan. 9. Since then, he assembled a 20-member coaching staff, evaluated the roster, and began prep for free agency and the upcoming draft.
Giants Life: Blueprint takes you every step of the way. Episode 2 begins with never-before-seen footage from Daniel Jones' formal interview with the Giants at the 2019 Combine and the quarterback's reflection on the process a year later. It then dives deep into the 2020 event with Director of College Scouting Chris Pettit and Area Scout Chris Watts. Senior Vice President, Medical Services/Head Athletic Trainer Ronnie Barnes and Head Team Physician Dr. Scott Rodeo then break down the importance of the medical process in Indianapolis.
Among the topics covered in Giants Life: Blueprint Episode 2:
- Daniel Jones on the importance of his Combine interview with the Giants
- What General Manager Dave Gettleman thinks of the 2020 draft class
- Every Giants player has a blank slate
- Evolution of the Combine, including the movement of drills to primetime and a new interview format
- Versatility at the top of the list for what Giants are looking for in prospects
- Communication process between scouts, front office and coaches
- Day in the life of a scout
- "Risk assessment grades" and the impact of the medical team in the scouting process
- What happens with information once it is gathered in Indianapolis
- Pro day preparation and assigning scouts and coaches to campuses around the country
Giants Life: Blueprint features appearances from the following people and more:
Joe Judge – Head Coach
Dave Gettleman – General Manager
Chris Pettit – Director of College Scouting
Ronnie Barnes – Senior Vice President, Medical Services/Head Athletic Trainer
Dr. Scott Rodeo – Head Team Physician/Orthopedics
Chris Watts – Area Scout
Provided below are some select quotes from Giants Life: Blueprint Episode 2:
"That element of it is probably more important than a lot of the things you do on the field." – QB Daniel Jones on the Combine interview
"There are some really good players. We just had our February meetings, and that's really the introductory. We had meetings in December. February is the first real bite we take out of it. There are a lot of high-graded players, I'll tell you that right upfront. I'm excited to see where the board ends up. It's a pretty strong draft, it really is." – GM Dave Gettleman
"With the new coaching staff coming in, one thing they have stressed is – which is great because it's the way we look at it, too, so we're already on the same page – we want versatility, we want tough players, we want smart players. It's been great not pigeonholing players." – Director of College Scouting Chris Pettit
"Indianapolis is really a great city and it's really set up for the Combine. The way that it is, you have access to all the medical, which is big for all the players. You have the convention center, you have the hotels, you have the mall, you have restaurants. Everything is right within walking distance, so you really don't need a car here. It's a pretty fun walk because the weather doesn't really matter. Everyone is walking with the same goals. It's fun. It's interesting. It never really gets old." – Area Scout Chris Watts
"The day can begin at 6:30 and your night may not be over until 11:30 at night. It's a lot of hours, but at the end of the day, we're here to work, we're here to find out as much information as we can about the players so we can make informed decisions." – Area Scout Chris Watts
"I've been with the Giants for over 40 years and my job is to really take back information that helps my team understand some of the risks that might exist." – Ronnie Barnes, Senior Vice President, Medical Services/Head Athletic Trainer
"This is very much a team process. It's a combination of our medical doctors, our orthopedic surgeons, and our athletic trainers and physical therapists. So the Giants staff does a large amount of work prior to the combine … and we use that when we see the players." – Dr. Scott Rodeo, Head Team Physician
In the coming episodes, Giants Life: Blueprint will chronicle:
- Free agency
- Pro days
- 2020 NFL Draft
Check out the best photos from behind the scenes at the NFL Combine.